It's an incredible day when people are accusing me of "pushing an anti-Nintendo agenda". I've literally never cared a lick about any other video game company. But sure, you do you. This extreme defensiveness is totally going to do wonders. Everything is perfect and any potential criticisms need to be shouted down instantly. Makes tons of sense.
Ports of old games do not cover droughts for most gamers. Like I said in an earlier post, if you didn't own a Wii U, this year is probably great. I did. I already played all of these games. Despite that, I bought Tropical Freeze again anyway because I think it's such a good game, but I've already played it. It's not the same thing as new content. Ports of games from other consoles are of course a bonus, it's never going to be a negative, but again, if I wanted to play them I would've already played them elsewhere when they first came out.
As for indies, I can count on one hand the amount of indies that appeal to me, and they're called indies for a reason. They aren't system pushers or system sellers. When I say software drought, I mean that there's a lack of compelling titles on the console that will drive hardware. If you disagree, sure, go ahead. But throwing lists around blindly of the titles being released means nothing. Are any of these titles effectively driving sales?
Nintendo say they're going for 20 million Switches sold this year, up from last year which had a Mario Kart port, a new Mario, a new Zelda, a new Splatoon and lots of more content. Looking at the lineup, that seems incredibly unlikely. Maybe you disagree? Give arguments instead of just angrily throwing lists of releases around. If any release from any company counts, I don't think any system has ever had a software drought. But we're talking about games that actually elevate the console and make people want to buy it.
I concede, again, that the ports of Wii U games will do that for people who never owned a Wii U. But beyond that, I'm not seeing much this year? I could be wrong, but I certainly haven't been convinced so far in this thread.
This is your first post on this matter "I don't get how game droughts always become an issue for Nintendo. They keep acquiring more and more studios, they keep making new successful IPs, but still they find themselves in the same situation time and time again. It's really hard to me to grasp how they aren't planning their lineups better".
You without any doubt saying that Switch objectively has software droughts, while clear fact is that Switch dont have software droughts, and I even mention plenty of games that proves that fact. If you said "nothing from current Switch lineup interest me", that would be totally different matter instead "Nintendo has game droughts like always".
But most current and espacily future Switch owners didn't had Wii U, Switch is currently at around 20m install base while Wii U was left on 13.5m. I am also Wii U owner and I get ex Wii U owners that now have Switch dont think this is good year, but they also need to understand that Switch 7 months ago already passed LT Wii U numbers and that Wii U owners become irrelevant when we talk about Switch lineup and Switch success.
Like you wrote, in this time period last year Switch had new 3D Zelda and MK8D, but guess what, Switch is selling similar to last year in same time period despite Switch this year still didnt had big games like those, even more, this years January-April Switch lineup was not so good but despite that Switch was still selling good and similar to last year, but from May Switch lineup is getting quite stronger, and October-December will be very strong with Mario Party, Pokemon and Smash Bros.
Every release and more games are making every platform stronger and more desirable in any case, especially because plenty of people actually wants to play some of multiplatform games on Switch in full handheld mode and not only Nintendo games, and thats offocurse one of main strength of Switch.
Like I wrote, probably most current and espacily future Switch owners didn't had Wii U, Switch is currently at around 20m install base while Wii U was left on 13.5m, so ex Wii U owners already become irrelevant when we objectively talk how good Switch lineup is and how Wii U ports effect and sell on Switch. I mean Zelda BotW is technically Wii U game and it's available on Wii U also, MK8D is MK8 port and Splatoon 2 is sequel of Splatoon1 from Wii U, and all those games were selling mostly Switch in 1st year until Mario Odyssey was launched despite they were available on Wii U also.
Last edited by Miyamotoo - on 10 July 2018