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I believe when people say Nintendo games have less competition, they are speaking specifically when it comes to games on the Switch itself. To a certain extent, they are right. But they are also very wrong as it is not black and white like some would have you believe.

Many Switch owners own a Switch and a PS4 or X1. With that in mind, those other games are still there to tempt them into taking up their time regardless of the fact that they are not on Switch. I have a PS4 Pro and my summer was taken up by God of War, Resident Evil 7, Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Persona 5 this year. I even put some time into BO4 as well. Heck during those months, the only Switch games I played was Octopath Traveler and Bayonetta 2. It is for this reason that unless a Switch is someone's only console (which some would foolishly claim it can't be, but that is another topic), all competition is still present.

Some people cannot phathom that Nintendo just makes good games, and will go to great lengths to discredit those games. However, the facts and sales point to the contrary. I own Red Dead Redemption 2, but have yet to start it. Instead I have chosen to play Smash, Starlink Battle For Atlus, Wolfenstein 2, and Warframe instead as the portable nature of the Switch is more beneficial to me now than it was in the summer (which is why I and many others will opt for the Switch version of the multiplats it does get by default these days). I had plenty of chances to start Red Dead 2, but those other games already had me hooked and they themselves are great games too.  But the fact remains, that the temptation to start Red Dead 2 instead of playing those games exist and therefore the competition from that title is still there, regardless of the fact that it is not on Switch.

Another example would be how I had the chance to play Horizon and Persona 5 when they came out last year, as well as many other games that came to the PS4.  However instead I found myself playing only on my Switch from release till summer 2018.  Those games were still competing with Switch games in my household, but playing BotW, Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade 2, and Splatoon 2 were more important to me than playing anything on the PS4 at the time.  In no way did Nintendo games never have competition at any time in the equation.

So while there is a rich library of games on the Switch from both 3rd party and 1st party, more than some will admit, they play at the fact that some of the bigger budget games (which in many cases do not equal quality anyway, see Fallout 76 or ME Andromeda) do not come to Switch to create an illusion that there is no competition to Nintendo's games. It is one of the weaker arguments I have heard for certain and at this point it is comical really.

Last edited by Shiken - on 24 December 2018

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