With the third party support Switch has gotten so far, and that includes the games that were already released and the ones to be released, would you say is already better than the third party support of Wii or still have a long way to go to surpass it? (Incoming wall of text)
When you compare the third party support you notice a few key differences, when you look at the indie support you notice Nintendo is pushing the indie studios a lot more for the Switch than it did with the Wii. I would say Wii got an okay indie support, but being a very not-friendly platform for indie developers. For once, that stupid limitation of the size on the digital games available on WiiWare should have proved to be a trouble for many devs. On the other hand a lot of indies on Switch went to became huge hits.Then you have another point to consider: The shovelwares. While many studios were working on Wii, we can't ignore the huge amount of shovelware and weird party games they were producing. So far that hasn't been much of a problem for Switch (I mean,when you look at both libraries).
Then you have the major third parties wich becames sort of a mix to compare. Companies like Capcom, EA, Konami and Activision were supporting Wii big time. Games like Need for Speed, Fifa, The Sims and Call of Duty were almost every time a given that they would release on the platform every time a new game was announced. Looking a few individually:
-EA launched Fifa 18 and will release FE next month and besides that rumor that Burnout Paradise would be coming as well, they said to be still waiting for Switch to complete 1 year of life before deciding the support they will give the platform.
-Konami had an exclusive game at launch but nothing else the rest of the year (But granted,they haven't done much last year...), Activision had one game and that's it,we haven't heard anything else from them.
-Capcom have a few number of games, but are still on that weird place were they said they will support the platform but fail to bring some of their obvious titles, while I don't believe that happened on Wii. Bandai and Koey on the other hand have been really supportive on Switch.
-Ubisoft had a lot of games on Wii, a LOT let me tell you. But when you look at it you noticed the the majority are party titles and games from franchises like Rabbids, Just Dance and Imagine. They had a big exclusive for Switch that escaped from that convention so it might be worth it to take it into consideration.
-Sega had two Sonic titles and Puyo Puyo Tetris and will publish Phantasy Star in Japan. There is also the Bayonetta trilogy but I don't really consider as Sega games...Platinum, speaking of witch (See what I did there?) is being a good supporter, but it also was on Wii.
And then you can look of a bunch of studios that haven't done much on Wii but are being supportive on Switch. NIS jumped on the console with all they got, Telltale is bring their past titles over, Bethesda is being a surprisingly good partner so far, Square are having a much more diverse catalog of games on Switch while on Wii, besides FF Crystal Chronicles, didn't made much besides Dragon Quest games. From Software just announced Dark Souls and Rockstar released L.A. Noire. And a few other big hits like Minecraft, Rocket League and Stardew Valley saw a release on Switch.
So taking all of this into consideration, are the third party support on Switch better so far? Or is still behind what Wii had?Last edited by Stuart23 - on 21 January 2018