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(No, this isn't a post about 3DS sales ending. That hasn't happened yet.)

 

Ever since the Gameboy, handheld consoles (primarily Nintendos) existed as an alternate (and competent) development avenue for developers, to make games that focus more on story and gameplay rather than pushing graphics (for obvious reasons). These games often required much less money to be spent on development, so smaller studios could shine on those systems as well.

With the 3DS on its way out, there won't be a medium where these games shine as the primary ones. Granted, Indie games do exist, but since they're sold at a fraction of other games on consoles, they won't be viable for big studios to make, and they're rarely going to be on the same scale as what we've seen on handhelds (with exceptions of course, i.e. Shovel Knight). And they'll obviously be outshined by big AAA games on those same systems, with higher expectations from the userbase.

Granted, the 3DS wasn't a system of basic graphics (with some very pretty games like RE: Revelations), but it was still far behind compared to the home consoles. With the Switch being the successor to both the 3DS and WiiU, there won't be a dedicated device for these smaller games, where they stick out and not get outshined by massive studio games.

Thoughts on this subject are appreciated.



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Yeah, it will be a bit more difficult to create low-budget games, especially since every console is essentially HD nowadays, but I hope that from the release of the 360 in 2005 to now, that the costs have decreased significantly enough for those developers to be able to make lower-range games at a decent quality at least on the Switch. That's what excites me about the Switch.



While they may not be the main focus on the Switch, it still makes for a great platform for them and I'm certain we're going to see a lot of them go along with the higher production AAA games, so it'll just be a nice combo of games on it.



 

              

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Mar1217 said:
Well ... TIME TO SHIFT TO THE SWITCH GUYS !!

 

I'll be getting mine next year more than likely, worst case scenario in 2019.

 

@OT - I love the 3DS, its become my 3rd most favorite portable so far in terms of individual library (not including b/c with previous gen).

 

Though I only own three 3rd party titles, I got my fill with a lot of 1st party titles.



    

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Anyway, you can already see some fervent developers like Atlus,Bravely Team(SE),Koei,NIS,etc ... making their shift to the Switch faster than people who have thought.

Then you have Capcom or Bandai kinda hanging there to see how well it'll go with some appetizers(ports) ....



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You are going way off the rails here. Addressing each of your paragraphs:

1. Handhelds have existed to provide portable gaming and they didn't get serious attention from third parties until home consoles reached the point where production values became a real financial burden.

2. Switch exists, so there isn't going to be any significant change.

3. Again, nothing is going to change significantly. There is no reason to believe that AAA third party publishers will take the spotlight on Switch because they will either choose to ignore the platform or come to realize that the userbase doesn't put much stock into production values, so their AAA games don't have much going for them. Nintendo games will be the top sellers on Switch, but that isn't any different to previous Nintendo systems, be they home consoles or handhelds.

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BasilZero said:
Mar1217 said:
Well ... TIME TO SHIFT TO THE SWITCH GUYS !!

 

I'll be getting mine next year more than likely, worst case scenario in 2019.

 

@OT - I love the 3DS, its become my 3rd most favorite portable so far in terms of individual library (not including b/c with previous gen).

 

Though I only own three 3rd party titles, I got my fill with a lot of 1st party titles.

In terms of 3rd party games, Atlus games,Bravely Second and Monster Hunter were my go to place to play, then there's all the 1st party awesome games from Ninty, as usual !

Truly a great librairy :)



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It was nice having a Gameboy or 3DS because they were separate, contained consoles. Different games, didn't buttons, different graphics, feel and different UI. It was an entirely different market to home consoles and now that's gone away.



Mar1217 said:

In terms of 3rd party games, Atlus games,Bravely Second and Monster Hunter were my go to place to play, then there's all the 1st party awesome games from Ninty, as usual !

Truly a great librairy :)

 

Only Atlus games I played are the Persona series (P1P, P2IS, P3P on PSP and P4 on PS2 - and of course I have P5 on my PS4 but havent started on it yet).

 

Bravely Default and Second are two of the three 3rd party titles I have :p - playing Second right now, trying to finish it before the end of the year.



    

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