|Pyro as Bill said:
"The X audience has disappeared"
People could easily have said this about Super Mario Bros or 2D fighting games after the SNES. It's bullshit.
Good games don't die unless the gameplay is upgraded or sidegraded. Eg Goldeneye - Halo - CoD - Fortnite. They just take a break.
I never played Wii Fit, Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution but the idea that only 90s kids or naughty casuals can enjoy these games is silly. Same with the idea that "they've gone to smartphones". It's like saying the 30-40m Super Mario Bros fans are all playing Super Mario Run. The numbers might agree but reality doesn't.
New Super Mario Bros on Wii/DS outsold all other 2D mario's combined yet it was considered dead for nearly 2 decades.
When Mario Kart's sales dropped 80% between Wii and WiiU, did anyone claim the 'Mario Kart audience' has moved to mobiles?
Of course not because it's only the cazualz who are fickle even though 'they' were the only ones still playing Wii post 2010 (Just Dance).
Will a Wii Fit port sell 20M+ like the Mario Kart 8 port did? No probably not but that's because cazualz want new/improved just as much, if not more, than Mario Kart fans.
-NES and GB were port central. Handhelds always are. Wii wasn't short of 'PS2 waggle ports' either. He's right that Nintendo could be delivering Switch Fit/Sports now instead of 3-5yrs from now but what better way is there to make a new 'Switch Sports' than to test gameplay ideas through ARMS and Mario Tennis first. Other IPs improve through competition but Nintendo is in a unique position where no-one attempts to/can compete with them anymore so they have to compete with themselves.
-Kinect Adventures sold 25m. ~$3Billion in revenue. What's his point?
Good post! But one thing I think no one points out is that a good many of standard gamers (like myself) are also casual gamers. I play casual games virtually every day (right now my main one is FE Heroes), but I also play games like Dwarf Fortress, Grand Strategy (especially Crusader Kings 2), and always have 1-3 RPGs on the go.
When Wii Fit came out, I was a young father around my mid-twenties, and I found a lot of people in my general group played that game, I am probably the only one left who still does, but come out with a new game and I am sure many will come back, and there'll be a lot of new people as well.
I describe myself as a little dose of toxic masculinity.