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Soundwave said:
Kai_Mao said:

I actually would like to see that happen, but I’m not holding my breath for even half of those coming to the successor, launch or otherwise. Street Fighter VI i can see happen (Street Fighter has legacy with Nintendo consoles). RE4Remake is possible but who knows, at least there’s history there as well with the original originally a GameCube timed exclusive. Kingdom Hearts, maybe they’ll not be lazy this time and release all of the games digitally and/or physically on the successor. Modern Final Fantasy games on the Switch successor? It’s possible if Square isn’t hand tied by Sony’s deals. RDR2 and COD? I don’t know if I can go that far. Im not sure Rockstar cares enough of a Switch successor. I know Microsoft promised Nintendo will get COD in the future. But if they don’t finish their purchase of Activision Blizzard, I’m not sure if Activision Blizzard, independently, will care enough to bring COD to the Switch successor. Same with EA and Madden. They’ve had years to get one onto Switch but don’t care enough to port even one game. They’ve been lazy with the FIFA Legacy titles on Switch so how can I expect any better even with improved hardware?

Im hoping the successor will have improved third party support (if we’re going by the rumored/leaked specs of the console). But I wouldn’t be surprised if we see only a minor improvement in that department and mostly see the same support we’re seeing right now. Indies, A-AA games, Square’s HD2D games, that once in a while impressive PS4/5 port of a previous big game (I.e., Witcher 3, Nier Automata, Persona 5 Royal, Doom, etc.).

Ultimately, in order to maintain the great success from the Switch, Nintendo will have to carry the load once again with its own big titles.

It's a cost/effort ratio, there are games that probably could be on the current Switch like Madden, but it's not worth the effort to EA to have to heavily cutomize the game. The Witcher 3 took 1+ year to port to the Switch for example. 

If you have better hardware which allows porting to be easier, then it becomes a no brainer. If it means they have to make a customized version of Madden just to sell maybe 300k-500k copies, that's not worth it to them that's why the current Switch doesn't have it. But if the next Switch can easily run the Frostbite engine, then the effort involved in porting it drops a lot. 

And I think Microsoft's buyout will go through. 

History isn't really the best basis for what games the Switch successor can get either. Nintendo has no history with Witcher titles or Overwatch or Persona main line games or Diablo or Skyrim/Elder Scrolls or Metro or Crysis or Final Fantasy VII prior to this gen, and yet the Switch has installments now in all of those franchises. Switch did also get GTA Trilogy which is the first time the main line GTA games have ever been on a Nintendo platform. 

The other difference too is even relative to the Wii/DS, the Switch is selling way more software. Software attach rate is higher and the adult demographic of the platform is even larger ... so I think 3rd parties will look at when making decisions on whether to support the next Switch as well. 

I get what you’re saying and I hope you’re right. I think if the Switch successor is close to high end PS4 in terms of capabilities on a hybrid, then bigger third party developers don’t have as many excuses anymore. Sure, I could see FFXVI be a little too powerful for such a successor, but FFVIIR and possibly Rebirth should have a chance on the potential successor. Same with the upcoming DQXII, even though we haven’t seen any gameplay footage yet.

And you do have a point regarding many firsts on Switch. It’s amazing how many IPs from Overwatch, Diablo, The Witcher, GTA (mainline), Wolfenstein, Doom, Nier, Persona, etc., have made their way onto Switch when previous Nintendo consoles weren’t as lucky to have as many strong third party IPs. Even Devil May Cry made its way into Switch, even though it’s only up to the first three games.

If the successor and its potential software are selling well and the successor is as powerful as rumored/leaked and easy to port, then big third party developers will need to come up with some lame excuse not to port bigger games on the successor.