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super_etecoon said:

What I love about this is that Nintendo has earned all of this. They created a great machine, put amazing games on it, catered to audiences from all eras/genres, went weird from time to time (Labo, Ring Fit) and kept a strong software output the entire time. They have a template for success that isn't propped up by "blue oceans" or waggle fads. Just do what you guys do and the core Nintendo audience will support your vision and the masses will follow. I know it's not guaranteed that Switch 2 will be successful, but at least they're going to be running in the right direction to please their core fanbase. That means amazing games for years to come.

The definition of blue ocean is the creation of an uncontested space in the market that by virtue of nonexistent competition allows for very high profitability. As the only hybrid console on the market coupled with a monopoly in the handheld console market, Switch totally fits the bill.

Also, what I remember of the time before the launch of Switch is that the audience that you describe as "core Nintendo audience" was extremely skeptical, illustrated by the lifetime sales predictions that were made. The so-called masses were the first ones to support Switch and the "core Nintendo audience" had to be turned into believers.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV will outsell Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I was wrong.