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zorg1000 said:

That's true of 3rd parties in general though as they have shifted more and more to multiplat releases.

This. You need to keep in mind that this isn't the DS days anymore, where each platform had radically different architecture that often led to exclusives. Exclusives still exist, but they're not as ubiquitous now, since it's so easy to port from platform to platform these days, why wouldn't you want to do it? It's free money! That, and AAA game development is so expensive you need to release on multiple platforms for the most part.

With that in mind, The Switch is a good home for all the Indie and AA multiplatform titles on other systems, as well as a handful of exclusives sprinkled in as well.



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I'll only adbicted to his way once the Switch gets SMT V and it's first Mario & Luigi and/or Mario Paper games, three missing staples in your list still full of ports .



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There are always 3rd party games that I want to play on the handhelds I've owned, but they almost never come out in the first couple of years. Switch already has a lot of third party games that I want to play, and this is really supposed to be the slow period for third party games. It's about to pick up a lot, and already it has thousands of games. Switch is already on track to have the largest library of games of any console yet.



Other handhelds didn't have Bayonetta 3 or Astral Chain



AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Other handhelds didn't have Bayonetta 3 or Astral Chain

Those are first party.



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TheMisterManGuy said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:
Other handhelds didn't have Bayonetta 3 or Astral Chain

Those are first party.

Platinum isn't owned by Nintendo.  How are those first party titles?



Chrkeller said:
TheMisterManGuy said:

Those are first party.

Platinum isn't owned by Nintendo.  How are those first party titles?

Nintendo's calling the shots. They own the trademark to Astral Chain, they're pouring money into development and marketing. It doesn't matter if Platinum is owned by Nintendo or not, the development team answers to them for this title.

Bayonetta is a bit trickier. Sega owns the Bayonetta trademark, but Nintendo owns the rights Bayonetta 2 and 3 under the license of Sega. 



It's good, but it could be better. It's definitively shaping up to be a great library, but it still lacks the amount of big JRPGs the 3DS had, not to mention the sheer variety the GBA and certainly the DS had. It's at least better than the GB at this point.



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Darwinianevolution said:
It's good, but it could be better. It's definitively shaping up to be a great library, but it still lacks the amount of big JRPGs the 3DS had, not to mention the sheer variety the GBA and certainly the DS had. It's at least better than the GB at this point.

You are surely right, but as a casual JRPG fan, all I needed to hear was “Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12” to make me forget all about 3DS.  I will also say that amazing 3DS rpg lineup comes at the cost of many other genres: I can’t think of more than 3 good racing games or platformers on the system.



TheMisterManGuy said:
Chrkeller said:

Platinum isn't owned by Nintendo.  How are those first party titles?

Nintendo's calling the shots. They own the trademark to Astral Chain, they're pouring money into development and marketing. It doesn't matter if Platinum is owned by Nintendo or not, the development team answers to them for this title.

Bayonetta is a bit trickier. Sega owns the Bayonetta trademark, but Nintendo owns the rights Bayonetta 2 and 3 under the license of Sega. 

I've always considered that 2nd party.  But it doesn't really matter.  For me 1st party is Nintendo developed.