A recent statement by Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning regarding the Nintendo Switch makes a very interesting argument:
“I don’t have faith. I have no faith. It’s due to experience. I see a similar level of success than they had with previous generations. Wii U, Wii.”
Lanning went on to question how successful past consoles have been for third parties, with the majority of the sales going to first party games, before stating that Nintendo started “evaporating third party support.”
It does make you wonder just how successful the Nintendo Switch will be in the long run. Many Nintendo fans may see these comments as somewhat bitter, especially since New ‘N’ Tasty didn’t receive enough promotion according to Lanning, claiming that if you don’t release a third party title on a Nintendo console on dates in line with other formats, then they simply don’t promote it.
If the Nintendo Switch is to rub shoulders with the likes of Xbox One and PlayStation 4, then third party support is the key over the long term. Sure, it has incredibly popular first party titles coming in the future, but could it be doomed to suffer the same fate as the Wii and Wii U?
We’ve already seen many triple-A titles state that they won’t be making their way to the Switch, so its ultimately once again relying on first party sales and whichever third party games it can get a hold of.
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