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Nintendo: Switch will give third-party developers everything they want that was missing from Wii U

Reggie Fils-Aime touted a large user base, flexible development environment, and ways to monetize content. 


Addressing the dearth of third-party support on the Wii U, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said the Switch will offer third-party publishers critical elements that its previous console lacked.

"What third parties want are a large, growing install base, a development environment that’s easy for them to work in, they want the ability to monetize their content—whether on the initial sale or downloadable content. That’s what they want. And we were not able to deliver that fully on the Wii U," Fils-Aime said in an interview with Projared (via VG247) following Nintendo's Switch event in New York last week.

Fils-Aime continued by acknowledging that many fans buy Nintendo hardware due to interest in the company's first-part software like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That truth should benefit third parties.

"With our launch, with our own first party games, we’ll sustain momentum and create that opportunity for third parties," Fils-Aime said.

Switch is the company's handheld-console hybrid, set to release on March 3 for $299.99. The launch lineup is rather thin at only five games, but Nintendo aims to build up the system's library quickly by releasing Zelda day and date with the system, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the next month, and Super Mario Odyssey this fall, with a smattering of first- and third-party games like SnipperCuts and Skyrim: Special Edition published in between.

Dozens of third-party publishers have already signed on to develop software for Switch, including Electronic Arts.

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      January 19, 2017 2:09 PM

      Including a massive installbase? Amazing!

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      January 19, 2017 2:15 PM

      Is this like those companies that sell you Twitter bot followers?

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      January 19, 2017 2:24 PM


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      January 19, 2017 2:29 PM

      The thing he neglected to mention is portability to/from other platforms, which is challenging with a significant hardware power differential. Not that I think they should have put out a powerhouse system, but that is in fact a major reason for lack of support. That doesn't bother me though because I'm happy to get cross platform games on PC and PS4, what I want from the Switch is exclusives. And indie games which are well suited to playing on a handheld I guess, but they can do that just fine.

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