I think it was the perfect storm that lead to Switch as it is right now.

1. Since the Wii, Nintendo has been making ambitious games with limited specs. Essentially creating quality games without pushing graphics.

2. We're at a point where developers can do modern home console gaming on affordable handheld hardware. They just look a lot worse.

3. Nintendo's success in the home console arena has been a mixed bag, with Wii U being a disaster in spite of great success with Wii. That encouraged them to double down on mobile. Some consider Switch a hybrid console, but its built around being a mobile device.

Hypothetically, what if the Wii U and 3DS were huge hits at the same time? That might have discouraged the Switch idea. I think something like Switch was inevitable, but if Nintendo had success pushing higher spec hardware they might have stayed in the home console arena as well.



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