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Too few offerings, they certainly should have shown more off. What they did show didn't look bad though (lame Xeno 2 characters aside).



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RolStoppable said:
DanneSandin said:

In what way have we lost our minds? You never clarified that I think

It is in the same post you originally quoted. People are trying to say that Zelda doesn't really count. I could go on, but my point is already made with this one example. Every console manufacturer would kill to have a launch title like the new Zelda.

And in my first reply to you I pointed out that this game is also coming to the Wii U - and that there isn't much else to play for quite some time after the Zelda launch. Zelda DOES count, but it's still a soft launch of the console with few games and missing features. I said that ONE game doesn't make this a great OR a good launch; it IS a soft OR weak launch. Maybe, at best, it's an ok launch, but that might be stretching it.



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..than the rest of me? How does that even work?

It was a plural you.

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DanneSandin said:

And in my first reply to you I pointed out that this game is also coming to the Wii U - and that there isn't much else to play for quite some time after the Zelda launch. Zelda DOES count, but it's still a soft launch of the console with few games and missing features. I said that ONE game doesn't make this a great OR a good launch; it IS a soft OR weak launch. Maybe, at best, it's an ok launch, but that might be stretching it.

You really don't get it, huh?

Zelda stands so tall that in the real world people won't even consider which other games and how many the system will launch with. The decision to buy Switch will have already been made before that point. This is what a killer app is.

Read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_launch

Switch does not match the definition at all. Switch also does not have a weak launch, because it's getting out of the gates with a killer app that is followed up by a massive multiplayer hit in the following month. It doesn't matter that Zelda is also on the Wii U, because the two versions launch day and date, the Switch version is superior and nobody is going to buy a Wii U at this point. It doesn't matter that Mario Kart 8 was on the Wii U, because the Switch game is a complete package of the biggest Mario Kart game to date and all the sales data we have access to shows that remasters of blockbuster hits are comfortably among the topsellers for a new system. That's two killer apps in the first two months that hit different spots: One is a huge singleplayer game, the other one is a multiplayer champion.



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Just because Zelda is on Wii U as well does not mean it is a soft launch. 14 million Wii Us in the wild, and I am sure half of them will be traded in by Switch launch or broken. Most are buying the Switch with no Wii U for Zelda and the promise or hope that it seems Nintendo learned a lesson.



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God bless early adopters.

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They should have waited till the Holidays or at least Summer. They don't know what they're doing with the online service yet, Third Parties couldn't even show footage of their games at the January Event, and the only Nintendo Launch title of note is Zelda, which is on WiiU.

If they launched in Summer they could have:

- Had a decent presentation at E3 that wasn't horrifically painful to watch.

- Had Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as Launch Titles

- Have Third Parties actually show footage of their games on stage instead of "We're making a thing" and then exiting.

- Have actual details about the online service they're going to provide this fall, rather than just say "You're gonna have to pay, bye." Probably because they don't even know what's going on yet.

Lastly they could have done with another big event to try and overcome the disaster of what they just did last week.

That Mario Kart 8 isn't a launch title considering what it is... is crazy.



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RolStoppable said:
DanneSandin said:

And in my first reply to you I pointed out that this game is also coming to the Wii U - and that there isn't much else to play for quite some time after the Zelda launch. Zelda DOES count, but it's still a soft launch of the console with few games and missing features. I said that ONE game doesn't make this a great OR a good launch; it IS a soft OR weak launch. Maybe, at best, it's an ok launch, but that might be stretching it.

You really don't get it, huh?

Zelda stands so tall that in the real world people won't even consider which other games and how many the system will launch with. The decision to buy Switch will have already been made before that point. This is what a killer app is.

Read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_launch

Switch does not match the definition at all. Switch also does not have a weak launch, because it's getting out of the gates with a killer app that is followed up by a massive multiplayer hit in the following month. It doesn't matter that Zelda is also on the Wii U, because the two versions launch day and date, the Switch version is superior and nobody is going to buy a Wii U at this point. It doesn't matter that Mario Kart 8 was on the Wii U, because the Switch game is a complete package of the biggest Mario Kart game to date and all the sales data we have access to shows that remasters of blockbuster hits are comfortably among the topsellers for a new system. That's two killer apps in the first two months that hit different spots: One is a huge singleplayer game, the other one is a multiplayer champion.

Yeah, Zelda is such a killer app that the GameCube had two of them yet was still outsold 7:1 by the PS2.