My next argument is actually, "What Japanese games are on Switch that weren't on N64 and Gamecube?"
A lot. You already mentioned MH and Asano games. There is also Dragon Quest, Atelier, Trails, Valkria Chronicles and a load of other games that used to be Playstation exclusive. There will soon be Persona and Nier. On top of that, the most popular musou game is Hyrule Warriors, even though this series started on Playstation. Xenogears and Xenosaga were on Playstation, but Xenoblade is on Switch. This is on top of the new Nintendo games that Nintendo has created/acquired since the N64/Gamecube days like Splatoon 3 and Bayonetta and Switch Sports. This is also on top of games that used to be handheld only like Pokemon and Wario Ware and (mostly) Animal Crossing. The Switch is the system for Japanese games.
Switch has all of the big Japanese games and a lot of the small and medium sized ones. It's also a lot more affordable than the PS5. Every year Japan releases more Switch games than it did the year before. The Switch is the affordable system for Japanese games and it also has some Western games. The PS5 is the high priced system for mostly Western games and also some Japanese games. It is the Switch that is filling the role that the PS1 and PS2 originally had of being an affordable system of Japanese games and some Western games.
Where is RE VII, RE VIII, FF7R, FF16, FFXIV on Switch? Or those are small Japanese games?
And REmakes, Kingdom Hearts, Tekken, Street Fighter, FromSoftware games. Niche Ring!!
Excluding MH Rise, Dragon Ball, and maybe Dragon Quest (Dragons everywhere!) literally all globally big (5 million+ sellers) Japanese 3rd party games are skipping Switch and reaching new heights without it. Dark Souls, Persona 5 and NieR Automata are pretty significant but they were ported quite late to be viewed as some sort of big gets. It shouldn't surprise anyone if Persona 6 and the next NieR skip Switch again. Even Soul Hackers 2 which will be available on Xbox is skipping it, at least at launch (Well... It's Atlus).
Switch will never be the main platform for relevant 3rd party games. This much is obvious. Switch 2 will be very interesting though. We're entering a transformative period. VR, portable PC's like SteamDeck, services, acquisitions, and diminishing returns make the future quite difficult to predict for all platform holders.
Last edited by Kyuu - on 04 August 2022