I was thinking more about the Switch specificity. It took years for the ps4 to get a 10 million selling first party game, and now that it is at 80 million, it is reaching them more easily. That is still really good, but is nothing compared to what Mario Odyssey, MK8D, and soon Botw to do. I still think GOW will match these titles in the end, but I don't think they are at the same level.
You are talking about impact and I am talking about sales. BOTW came from a well known brand for decades. Zelda is consistently selling for decades now.. Mario is a well known brand cultivated for decades. Majority of gamers grew up playing Mario and in case you didn't notice almost Ninty's best selling game has Mario plastered in it. Mario Kart and Smash.
Answer me truthfully do you think Mario Kart would sell this well without the Mario characters in it? Smash without Mario and Pokemon?
You buy Nintendo platform for Mario, Pokemon and Zelda and now with Splatoon because these are quality games. Other games like 3rd party games and other games from Nintendo is just the icing on the cake.
Yes when PS4 came out. A lot of people didn't buy it for Sony 1st party line up but with recent trends happening now. PS4 is still selling well, you know why? 1st party exclusives. Yes they have helped from 3rd parties (fortnite and MHW) but late this gen. Sony's first party is helping maintaining the sales. With GOW Q1 for Sony is 3 million shipped.
1st party will be a huge barometer for next gen when 3rd party exclusive will become more rare. I can see a lot of people buying PS5 for GOW sequel, HZD 2, Last of us and Uncharted and most likely for Sony's first party lineup. Especially if you have big 1st party games as a launch titles. HZD 2 and Death stranding could be cross platform with PS4 and PS5.
Next gen will be a battle of 1st party exclusives for both MS and Sony. MS know this and learned from this gen. MS ramping up their 1st party devs buying 5 studios and ramping up their studios. You won't see MS shoving up a lot of money for exclusive deals from 3rd party games. Those resources will mostly be for their 1st party devs.
And with GG ramping and Bend ramping up. 1st party games will be barometer who will win next gen especially in the west.
In all honesty, I'm much more impressed with a Last of Us or a Halo, which sell directly into the teeth of the competition. Against full third-party support and with a rival platform in competition for the same market? That's strength.
Agreed. Last of us brand recognition is strong. It continued it's momentum with PS4 sales.
I also agreed wit Halo and MS is stupid for not focusing on it this gen.
Not quite Nintendo level but still very impressive considering the brand-agnosticism of the average Playstation gamer. Sony's games compete with huge third party titles over the buyers' wallet.
isn't that more impressive? Sony is competing with 3rd parties biggest game and they are still selling well?