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This thought came to me after the whole 'Legacy Edition' thing, a though about the possibility of Nintendo making their own sports titles. 

Not with the licensed players and stadiums sure, but titles that were in house Soccer, Football, or Hockey sports game. Either with their own casts, or importing Nintendo characters. Possibly both. 

(Who wouldn't want to play soccer game between the Mushroom Marauders and the Nohr Natuicals?)

Assuming a new studio or something making the thing: I'm sure there are out of work FIFA developers that Nintendo could give a few million dollars and an office to make these things. I'm honestly more curious what that would do. 

An argument to the issue with EA Sports and Switch is the idea that there doesn't seem to be an audience for them on the Switch. Be that from quality issues or interest issues, take your pick. But if there were soccer games, for example, that sold several million copies that could show that yes, there is interest in that type of game. 

Yet at the same time it could be argued that if there were two serious contenders for a sports style, it might actually be a reason to not go, as EA could decide 'hey, they already have a soccer game they prefer more, we shouldn't try'. Such thinking doesn't explain Medal of Honor and Anthem's existence, but it could explain why Super Sluggers hasn't revived. 

...I don't know, this was just an idle thought. If Nintendo did take to having a studio set to making sports titles that are the same as those of EA and 2K's output (as oppposed to Camelot, whose Mario sports games are for things like Tennis and Golf that don't have a EA sports counterpart) that did well, would that be encouraging to EA that there is an audience, or a argument against involvement due to them having no place. (Or at least, use that as an excuse).



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Nintendo have already made a football game. Super Mario Strikers. It was actually pretty fun, but had no where near the depth of an actual football game. And well, the fact that they've not made another one since the Wii suggests that it wasn't particularly successful either.

Plus, there already are competitors to some of the main sports games. For football there's Winning Eleven to compete with FIFA. It's sales figures are absolutely dwarfed by FIFA however. There's also basketball games by both EA and 2k as well, so competition exists there too.



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Nintendo already make a lot of sports title. To put another 4 or more studios to develop Fifa, NBA, NFL, NHL clones is a bad idea. They can make much more unique games.



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They have Mario Kart, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Mario Strikers, Mario Slams, Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, Mario Sports mix, Mario UFC, Mario Rhythmic gymnastics, etc etc.



I would love another Strikers...



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Ka-pi96 said:
Nintendo have already made a football game. Super Mario Strikers. It was actually pretty fun, but had no where near the depth of an actual football game.

> Implying FIFA has depth



With the occasional sport/racing games from Ninten studios(or Sega) like Mario Kart, Mario Tennis, Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, etc .... I think we'll be fine with that.
Well we do need a new Strikers game though !



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They used to have Ken Griffey Baseball. IIRC only the N64 version had actual players, but it was always a decent game and much harder than other games.

The problem is these licenses are expensive as fuck, and Nintendo can probably make just as much money if not more by just making Mario baseball, Mario football, Mario soccer, Mario tennis, etc.

Plus, could they even make their own FIFA? They can't make an NFL game like Madden. Doesn't EA also own the FIFA license?



Ka-pi96 said:

 For football there's Winning Eleven to compete with FIFA. It's sales figures are absolutely dwarfed by FIFA however.

Pretty sure that changed it's name to Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) over a decade ago. Makes me think it really has fallen off of people's rader if it still get called by its old name.



SecondWar said:

Ka-pi96 said:

 For football there's Winning Eleven to compete with FIFA. It's sales figures are absolutely dwarfed by FIFA however.

Pretty sure that changed it's name to Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) over a decade ago. Makes me think it really has fallen off of people's rader if it still get called by its old name.

Afaik it's still called Winning Eleven in Japan, but PES outside of it.