While it has only been several days since Nintendo officially unveiled the NX as the Switch, and likewise revealed a list of development partners, as seen below…
I am in the boat that has to make the obvious joke, as in which publisher/developer will drop the Switch in it’s first year of life? After all, we saw what happened to both the WiiU and 3DS, with the 3DS getting marginally better support. Do I think Switch will get better third party support? The answer, in short from me, is a flat ‘no’, but my blame doesn’t center squarely on Nintendo “not being with the times”. It is mostly due in part to the fact that the publishers are run by the stupidest idiots on the planet and they are largely responsible for making the game industry a toxic cesspool.
This is the same industry that allowed the PS4 Pro and Scorpio to be a thing. That allowed games that basically are worthless unless they are connected online to a publisher’s server. That allowed false advertising on a incompetent scale. They rejected the 3DS, they rejected the WiiU, they will reject the Switch and will find an excuse not to support it. I can already tell which ones they will use; “It’s not powerful enough,” “It doesn’t have the audience we want,” “It hasn’t sold fast enough,” “Nintendo isn’t doing enough to support us.”
Another thing, that picture? How many of those publishers are damaged goods at this point? Considering how much a shit-show has been pulled on PS4 and Xbone, what can we expect for quality anyway? I mean, fuck, even the remasters had screw ups and most of those games were barely five years old.
I know I am being a downer, but how often does it have to be stressed that a majority of these third party publishers are really scummy and incompetent when it comes to recent Nintendo systems? I cannot see them giving the Switch jack-squat unless Nintendo is directly involved with the product (like the rumored Beyond Good and Evil 2), and having seen as a consumer the output quality on non-Nintendo products, how can I say “this is what the system needs” with a straight face?
I am not doubting third party support will once again be another hot topic for another Nintendo platform. But this time, the industry is more hilariously damaged than before. Right now we’re just wondering how confused the consumers and EA are.