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Say this on NeoGaf and have to say this makes a lot of sense, Switch launch feels an awful lot like a "soft launch". 

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1336018

- Not too many third party games, and lots of devs don't even seem to have dev kits yet. Most of big third party stuff will be coming by end of year
- Only 2-3 million units for launch
- OS by all accounts, seems incomplete
- No proper online functionality
- Seemingly no other apps (Netflix, browser, etc) besides core gaming functions.

Even the games when you think about it the first two "major" Switch games are Wii U ports .... Zelda and Mario Kart 8. It's not until summer (and that could be as late as August/September) that Splatoon 2 shows up and even that looks exactly like the Wii U game just expanded outwards. 

I think they are rushing the system out for March so that they can have some systems sold for the fiscal year end report (which ends March 31st, 2017). 

They'll trickle out some systems, get a little bit of a userbase going, but I don't think the system "really" launches until September or so, when Splatoon 2 will be out and this when third party games like NBA 2K, Skyrim, FIFA, etc. are presumably going to start coming out. 

I also would not be surprised if Switch inventory/shipments are supply constrained for a while, probably into September. Fall 2017 I think is when the system actually has it's "real" hard launch, that's when you'll get Mario Odyessy + Pokemon Stars (seemingly), better supply, some better third party content, maybe a price cut (or maybe not), etc. 

March is also kind of a random time to launch a system too, I think Nintendo is mostly just going to be aiming at their really core fanbase for the first several months, they're going to be conservative with supply of the system for fear of overproducing. 



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Agreed. But I think It was the right decision to not wait any more.



Yes, it's only half done - or that's the feeling I'm getting. It has a lot of good games coming out this year, but the launch lineup is pretty weak over all, and it's missing a lot of features. That makes the Switch half done in my eyes. I'm holding off until this Holiday, or next year or sumthin'



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I feel like they just want to release Zelda on both the U and on Switch. And its about time they release that!

 

But yeah. If they release it in November 2017...... they will barely have anything on the Wii U and 3DS! It would be worse than 2016!  And its good to just release it quite early. They can fix problems with how the market is reacting to the Switch before the holidays! 

 

And I think it shows to gamers and the developers that they are moving on from the Wii U and 3DS. DS and Wii line will be gone! 



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God bless early adopters.



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The lack of a propper release of devkids is going to annoy a lot of medium-small devs, which is a shame, since they are one of the main reasons I want a Switch: all the A-AA JRPG that ends up skipping PC.



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This is also my other feeling, I think Nintendo has a close relationship with Yuji Horii of Dragon Quest fame and they know DQXI is coming out later in 2017 and they wanted to have at least a decent cushion of Switch units available by fall to prepare for that.



vivster said:
God bless early adopters.

:3

 

Just like with the Wii U and 3DS.  All the features will be patched at a later date :/



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vivster said:
God bless early adopters.

Aka beta testers.



daredevil.shark said:
vivster said:
God bless early adopters.

Aka beta testers.

Where is your thank you for beta testing. You will get a much better product in 1-2 years from now on.



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