What's even more amazing is anyone thinking EA is important to the long term success of any Nintendo platform.
You're right that EA games absolutely do matter and are a very big part of the gaming community but overall they have had very little relevance to the Nintendo fanbase for 30+ years.
Wii U literally launched with 3 of those 4 franchises you listed and went on to be their worst selling console ever, now obviously those games didnt cause it to fail but they certainly didnt help it in any meaningful way.
I've said it dozens of times on these forums, the AAA/mainstream/hardcore western titles you are referring to are a welcome addition but not necessary for Nintendo platforms to succeed.
You could make the argument that Nintendo needed those games 20+ years ago to prevent Playstation/Xbox from gaining such a strong foothold but that type of software is synonymous with those brands at this point.
The likes of EA, Activision, Ubisoft, etc do not need Nintendo to make their AAA titles succeed and Nintendo does not need those AAA titles to make their platforms succeed, its really as simple as that.
Maybe you're right, maybe I'm having a hard time seeing beyond my own perspective right now. Thanks for the response.
Hey if you want to shrug it off and think it doesn't matter, that's fine. I was one of those people that loved the PSP and Vita and was hoping for the Switch to fill the gap the Vita left when Sony announced there would be no replacement. For people like me, the Switch is lacking, and Nintendo doesn't seem to give two shits. Most of Nintendo's first party offerings in the years coming doesn't appeal at all to me. And now most of what third parties are offering I've already played years and years ago. I want to be able to play GTA and RDR2 on the go. I want to be able to play Madden and NHL on the go. I want to be able to play a game like Cyberpunk 2077 on the go. I want to have to decide when a new game is announced if I'd rather play it in it's best presentation on my PS4 or if I'm willing to bit the bullet with the Switches performance so I could play it on-the-go. What do I get instead? A port of Grid: Autosport, and a port of Witcher 3, both of which I've played to my hearts content already.
I'd like to think there's tens of millions of people like me out there, but maybe I'm a rare exception.
I'm literally getting Links Awakening in September mostly because I travel a lot, want something new to play, and that's the one that seems like it wont be too bad to kill some time on. I don't think it's gonna be an amazing game. I'm not excited about it, there's just not really anything better. My Switch games purchases are getting more and more and more rare. I'm so glad my Switch was given to me. I'd be pretty annoyed at this point if I dropped $300 on this.
...Well let's not forget that the Vita lost most of its stuff quickly, up to and including Madden. Sadly unlike a Sony machine Nintendo has to 'prove' itself to get anything, and proving yourself with 35 million in about two years isn't enough.
If you aren't getting Madden, it is because EA can't or won't put Frostbite on the system. Can't would go into the argument that Frostbite is horrible for doing anything but a very select few things (hello Bioware. Also Snowdrop, the Ubisoft engine that makes Division games work, is on Switch with Mario Rabbids and probably Starlink). Won't is EA being....well whatever it is.
Lazy, spiteful, narrowminded...