It’s Time To Admit That The Nintendo Switch Is A Success

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The Nintendo Switch has been picking up steam ever since it’s release in March. The system has reportedly sold 4.7 million units as of June 2017 thanks to Nintendo’s Financial Report. Nintendo also has currently reported that Legend of Zelda breath of the Wild has sold 3.92 million units, Mario Kart with 3.54 million units, 1-2 Switch with 1.22 million units, Arms with 1.18 million, and Splatoon 2, while being left off the official report, has sold 670K units in Japan alone.

The system also has a very bright future ahead of it, thanks to third party developers. Capcom reported that they are preparing more titles for the Switch after Ultra Street Fighter II exceeded the company’s expectations for sales, with 450K sold just in the first quarter. Konami is also showing their support with Super Bomberman R updates, including a major patch for 60 FPS in the game. EA and Bethesda are gearing up with their Launch of FIFA and Skyrim respectively, and 2K announced that WWE2K18 is also coming to the system.The system even has Ubisoft and Koei Tecmo developing first party exclusives for the system in the form of Mario +Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and Fire Emblem Warriors. It seems that a lot of developers are really molding their games around this system, and I think it’s time to admit that the Nintendo Switch is a success.

While there are still key franchises missing from the system, such as Madden, Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Overwatch, developers and publishers are looking very heavily into investing their time into the system. Nintendo continues to give updates about their third party developers and how the platform is shaping up to be a success, and not even attempting to let up steam on their 3DS line up either. Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime attributes the success to their clarity of the system.

“We wanted to make sure that the consumer proposition was clear and easy to understand – console gaming that you could take with you anywhere and play with anyone. And consumers loved the concept.” This is definitely in a stark contrast to the Wii U, which sold around 4.5 million units in its first few months of release, and around holiday season to help boost it no less. What is also helping the Switch this time around are unique games and complete editions of older well received games being spread through out the first few months, such as Mario Kart, Zelda, and Minecraft, which has been on the Best Sellers tab for a long while in the Nintendo Switch Eshop for a long while now.

And the future for the Switch continues to look bright , with Mario Odyssey gearing up in October, and the future releases of Nintendo titles on the horizon, such as Xenoblade at the end of the year, and Yoshi, Kirby, and Fire Emblem slated for 2018, with Metroid Prime 4 and Smash Bros eventually coming. We also have other games to look forward to from third parties, such as Rocket League, Dragon Quest, Octopath Traveler, FIFA, WWE, Skyrim, and Sonic among other games.

We can only hope that Nintendo keeps enough of the system in stock for more people to purchase by the end of the year. What games are you looking forward to on the Switch? What is it that you want to come to the Switch, whether it’s games or apps? What would be your dream release for the Switch?

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Recent graduate Computer Science student. I study Game Development, Software Engineering, and in my spare time, I play video games,which is my biggest pastime. I have held gaming tournaments at my undergrad University, held exercising classes with video games, and even have my own small collection of games. My favorite series is Fire Emblem, though I play my share of Call of Duty as well. #TogetherWeRide
  • heavenshitman1

    I’ll be satisfied for 2017, and I want Metroid, but I also think Switch supremely deserves an F-zero.

    F-zero I don’t think has featured on a home sys since Gamecube. Its a perfect Switch fit, heavy multiplayer, quick racing done in short bursts, and F-zero rarely pushed hardware, but Switch could show that game style off perfectly.
    And no, RMX is no substitute, though a decent indie.

    I also miss the original Red Steel. Loved the game, just ran on too feeble hardware. But a game with a slightly more mature, content filled, motion controlled exotic shooter would be a nice touch. I personally have little care for ports of generic franchises like CoD etc..

  • Vulcanproject

    It has done….ok. It really depends on how you define ‘success’. It’s overall sales are somewhere around Xbox One to compare launch window periods. Switch also seems like a machine that is going to end up with most of it’s interest in the domestic Japanese market.

    It has what I would call promising sales figures. The holiday season will clue us in more about it’s future.

  • LordCancer Kain

    are we in denial?

  • Mike Jones

    i dont recall anyone saying it was a failure….just that most gamers dont care about it because its a lesser machine that doesnt have alot of most popular franchises on it

  • freelancepimp .

    I’ll wait to after the Holiday season. I am one of those people who think there was a media campaign by the competition to smear the Wii-U, (yeah call me crazy although everybody remembers the bombardment of negative articles even when Nintendo did something right.) So I am waiting to see if that is ramped up again this holiday season and how consumers respond.

  • Joseph D DeMatteis

    Success…… not yet. It’s release was premature with an amazing port being the big title. I beat Zelda. It’s collecting dust now. People like to call games on other consoles generic but there is actual variety and a shit load of content. I can’t wait for rocket league on my switch

  • Derrick Hoel

    After Nintendo ropes the public in they will shit all over them and release shovelware garbage like they did the Wii.

  • YOUDIEMOFO

    Just going to quote myself here….. “The switch is a failure…. I do not believe that it even sold as much as it remotely did.”

    I strongly believe that nintendo will release newer hardware sooner than later and with that said they will shet all over their early adopters. Just seems to be the case with hardware releases as of late. “Release something quickly and underpowered, so that we can “re-release” aforementioned hardware with a tweak or two and make people pay more sooner than later….”

  • kokuz0512

    I have the switch and love it, but after i beat zelda, now it is just waiting and sitting on the dock. There are things that need to happen before switch is as great as it can be. Streatming. We need netflix, amazon, hulu and hbo so i can enjoy my stuff on the road. More first party games. Skyrim, really after 6-7 years rehashing it again. More mario, zelda games and expansions, more of what nintendo is good at. And of course complete back catalog, of all the nintendo games in old and new glory (maybe better graphics option or original), give is a choice. As of now, its just a waiting game. But the system is great, fun and well built. Nintendo just needs to step it up and firmware update all this stuff. Think of you iphone on day o e and now. Finally iphone does everything. At first it was stripped down, could not even cut and paste. Lol