The stars have lined up to all but assure the Switch’s dominance in 2019.
“How are players to meaningfully purchase so many games? How are the Xbox One or the PS4, which have relatively emptier slates planned for the year, to compete?” Switch’s lineup will still miss out on too many various major games on rival platforms to say that its library was overwhelmingly dominant. Plus they already have the stronger lineup in the first half of the year, so it’s even less reasonable to say Switch’s library was dominant.
Switch software and hardware will dominate this year. Until I see something insanely huge coming from Sony and Microsoft, I believe this to be true. Red Dead Redemption 2 was supposed to help Sony and Microsoft dominate late last year and it just didn't happen. Switch outsold them both combined in the United States. What does PS4 and Xbox One have bigger this year than Red Dead Redemption 2 type of sales?
Switch is still a new system and the other platforms are reaching saturation so the Switch will have little to compete against in the short term. But no this, by the end of the year when the 'hottest new thing' reverts back to the HD twins for next gen, NO ONE will be talking about the Switch.
You don’t think KH3 & RE2 are big games? Also funny how you have to specify North America but can’t bring yourself to say worldwide sales because you already know PS4 still sold more units globally than any other console last year.
There are rumors of The Last of Us Part II rehearsing this year, so if that's true, I would say that's really big. Gears 5 is also supposed to be getting a release this year, so they do have big games this year, but perhaps not in spades. Overall, I'm expecting a pretty hefty year for Nintendo's revenue.
@eagle21 "Switch outsold them both combined in the United States." Err...where did you get your source from? Nintendo La La Land? Thanks to Pokemon and Smash, undeniably Nintendo's 2 biggest selling IP, the Switch was able to outsold the PS4 in NA last year. That was it. PS4+Xbone definitely sold more than Switch in NA last year no doubt. The delusions of nintendo fanboys know no bounds. Let's just hope Nintendo FINALLY outsold the PS4 worldwide this year. It's in its 3rd year already and it surely getting a bit embarassing getting outsold by a console that is almost 3 and a half years older, with all its biggest IP already out nonetheless LOL.
Yeah their Direct presentation was so stellar their stock market plummets by 7% after.
Edit: Nintendo Stocks plymmet by 9% According to Nintendo Life http://www.nintendolife.com...
What does stock have anything to do with games? Are you a stockbroker in a basement?
So, you can't even bother to read the title, uh? It must hurt, I guess. The stock fell because they cut their projected sales forecast. Not because of the direct. Again: it's in the damn title of the article you yourself linked. Lmao.
In the last month, the stock price is down 14%
@ eagle PS4 & XO already had Ace Combat 7, KH3 & RE2. Apex Legends, & Metro Exodus. They will also receive Dead or Alice 6, Devil May Cry 5, Division 2, Rage, & Sekiro with PS4 also getting Days Gone & Left Alive. That’s all within the first half the year, and its stronger than what Switch is offering in the first half. If you don’t see those games as huge then your view must be heavily skewed. Why are you talking about hardware sales when I’m talking about software lineups? @ Xex Yet the fact Switch lacks those big titles means you can’t say Switch will dominate the year. PS4 will still sell more overall software this year than NS so idk why you feel the need to bring up software sales when talking about the lineups.
Many people have been saying that the switch would not take off simply because it would not have those supposedly big-hit games. They were wrong. It's taken off regardless. That kind of commentary has been wrong for a very long time now; the switch does not need every single big-hitting third party title in order to be a big hit system. It already is one, and will continue to be so even if it misses out on a few graphics-focused third party titles. That's just the fact of the matter at this point. It's the reality. Not fan delusions or fond wishes. The system has enough games coming to keep pushing it forward. And it will CONTINUE to get good third party games that will help it continue selling. If what you were saying was true of the switch, then it would have stopped selling well after the first time Call of Duty skipped it.
'even if it misses out on a few graphics-focused third party titles.'. Graphics focused?
Problem with your thought Nintendo was the biggest publisher in 2018 and it did not have a stellar year, only in Europe Nintendo did not place 1st I think they were 3rd with Sony around 6th so for first party they number 1 in every region So you saying Nintendo with the games they announce can’t be number 1 again this year despite being number 1 last year with less games
@ wonder Just because Switch is a successful console doesn’t mean it has the dominant software library. @ Gem According to Metacritic Capcom was actually the best publisher of 2018, but that’s besides the point. Switch was never #1. PS4 had more quality games than Switch last year and the year before. The library that Switch has this year doesn’t overwhelm what PS4 is offering as well.
@Fallen This is incorrect. In 2018 Switch had the most games overall and the most highly rated games, according to meta critic. Switch has around 267 games with a 75 or higher PS4 has around 127 with a 75 or higher.
Dude you have Sony so far up you it’s pathetic. Your statement of the switch a successful console has the dominant libary people are not going to buy the hardware unless there’s good software .
@ September Metacritic already posted an article of the top rated games of 2018 and it clearly doesn’t show Switch having the most of those highly rated games from last year https://www.metacritic.com/... Wow your comparison is heavily skewed. You’re comparing Switch’s entire lineup up to this point to an unrelated amount for PS4 that clearly doesn’t include its entire library as well. I looked it up and found that while Switch indeed has 267 games with a 75 or over on Metacritic, PlayStation 4 currently has 599 games with a 75 or over on that site. @ Xex Metacritic says otherwise. Unless my math is wrong, 599 > 267 https://www.metacritic.com/... https://www.metacritic.com/...
First of all sounds like you’re spinning info when you’ve been being going on and on about Switch having more higher rated games, yet you can’t admit to info in front of you that clearly shows PS4 has more highly rated games. Second you’ve got to be some elitist gamer who misses out on a ton of games if the only thing you play are titles that only get a 90 or above on Metacritic. No real gamer will turn away a game just because it has an 85-89 aggregate score. Plus PS4 still has more 90+ games on Metacritic than Switch. Why compare the first two years when we can compare what’s already out now on both systems? Just sounds like more spinning to not acknowledge that PS4 has more quality games readily available to consumers and it’s already continuing that trend into 2019.
Even when presented with facts this xexal still continues with the wrong and strong attitude. The switch is doing great, games solid af but the lack of quality 3rd party games is what stops this 'dominate' rhetoric. How many actual links posted will it take for you to chill. 'When you own a Switch you have a higher bar of quality than 75. I'm talking 90+ games.' Then if that's your levels you don't get to play too many games per year.
@Fallen You realize you posted a list of all the games over 75 the PS4 has ever had, correct? It contains games that came out on the console in 2013-2018 The number I provided you was JUST for 2018. So, for games released in 2018, the Switch has more games released and more games 75 or above. Also, for your first link, it clearly lists more Switch games than PS4 games (519 versus PS4’s 407) with a slightly average higher meta score to boot. Or are you going to move the goalpost now?
@ sept Funny how you’ll try to reason why PS4’s number should be lower yet you don’t see why the Switch’s number should also be lower. As I already stated that 267 number listed included the Switch’s 2017 lineup along with its 2018 & 2019 library. Yet you seem to conveniently ignore that stipulation just to make it seem like Switch has more quality games. Ironic you talk about goalposts being moved yet you don’t see the irony of listing that 267 number and comparing it to that other amount you brought up. Metacritic themselves already stated in that very article that “True, the high volume of new releases was mostly due to the huge number of ports of titles previously released on other devices.” So don’t get too excited with that 519 number since many of the titles Metacritic counted on NS were already previously available on PS4 & other platforms earlier.
@Fallen You’re right I must have counted all of Switch games just like you counted all of PS4s. I didn’t realize I did that. That’s what I get for using mobile. The new number is 125 for PS4 and 171 for Switch. But you see how the Switch still has the most positively rated titles? Not to mention they had more game releases overall, and they even have less badly rated titles.
@septemberindecember How many of those 171 games in the Switch list released in 2018 and were not simply ports from previous years? You are trying to make the argument that the Switch received better games in 2018 than the PS4 but the problem is that you are trying to justify that by using games that have already released on PS4 before 2018. The PS4 received much more better reviewed new games than the Switch in 2018 and only a fanboy is unable to admit that. @everyone Stop using Metacritic lists. They are horribly flawed. DLC is listed as games and games can be listed multiple times or not at all depending Metacritic's convoluted rules. The Switch list has Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, and Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 - 3 entries for one release. No other collection gets multiple listings, not even Metro Redux which also had both games included available for sale separately. Hollow Knight isn't included in the PS4 list since it didn't meet the arbitrary 7 reviews since it released later compared to other platforms, yet Opencritic was able to post 10 PS4 reviews for the game. (To demonstrate how bad Metacritic is, compare the Metacritic scores of Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition for the PS4 and XB1 - 2 completely different Metascores from 2 completely different sets of reviewers for a game that released simultaneously for both consoles and is identical on each)
@ sept As I said earlier, Metacritic already stated “True, the high volume of new releases was mostly due to the huge number of ports of titles previously released on other devices.” Many of those games propping up that Switch number were ports already available on previous platforms. Back on to the topic of this article, most of the hot games discussed on a weekly basis are not games that are always on Switch but most certainly are on PS4. Thus it’s absurd to say Switch can be seen as a dominant system when it still misses out on so many major releases. And the author has the nerve to say PS4 has an emptier lineup @ game True Metacritic shouldn’t be used as absolute gospel, just as a frame of reference
@Fallen That isn’t what you said originally, and you’re moving the goal post. Switch had more titles and mor higher rated titles period last year. Regarding the article, the Switch is set to have more games this year than the PS4 again. In fact, it’s already happening on a weekly basis. Of those that are which games are “hot”, Pokemon and Animal Crossing and possibly Mario Maker will likely outsell every game this year aside from maybe Call of Duty and, if it comes out this year, Cyberpunk.
Because as the website itself stated Switch received a lot of ports already on other platforms last year, which I’ve restated multiple times PS4 will still have more software sales than Switch overall, so what’s your point?
@Fallen “Switch was never #1. PS4 had more quality games than Switch last year and the year before.” That’s what you stated before. It’s not accurate. You were called out and you moved the goalpost. PS4 will only have more software sales because it has triple the amount of users. That wasn’t the metric that you were talking about originally though, it’s just another goal post moved.
@ sept So we should praise Switch for receiving a lot of ports that were already on PS4?
I'm still surprised this Direct didn't include any info on some of Nintendo's inevitably biggest hits this year - Pokémon, Animal Crossing, (almost definitely) Metroid Prime Trilogy remaster...
They have to save something for E3 and in the case of Pokemon it traditionally gets it's own direct just ahead of E3.
Smoke and Mirror titles.
What the hell does that even mean? You’ve gone completely mad over these past few days.
E3 bro if they said everything now what will they have for e3
I think there will be another Mini Direct in April that will showcase those titles. Personally I wanna see more of Town.
I give up on this site. I know nobody cares, but it's all about money and clicks. Every type of media is the same now, and instead of coming here to read good articles, it's full of throwaway bait. I'll read Game Informer directly, check Nintendo Life, and get reviews from ACG. Yes, yes, I know, "Bye, no one will miss you". Beyond caring at all.
I often wonder I bother. It is true, all news is sensationalism now on every front. Along with click bait titles, rubbish articles, etc. Journalism lives but is still a dying breed. It's disgusting the content that's thrown at us now. Even the reputable [gaming] sources have become unreliable not reputable through the years. Though once in a blue moon there is a great article or some useful information to be found. Now I understand everyone has their own opinion. But this is suppose to be N4G, News 4 Gamers. Not O4G. Opinions 4 Gamers. Understandably the comment section will be filled with opinions but when it comes to news. I don't want to see all this dribble clouding the feed. 2 cents
I feel the same. Articles are catered to these biased fans for clicks primarily for Sony. It arouses a certain group on here
“So the PS4 and Xbox One’s release slates being emptier than the Switch’s makes sense” An emptier lineup? Lmao downplay much. This chart alone already shows that PS4 will have more games to offer than any other console this year https://en.m.wikipedia.org/...
Off the top I can almost guarantee The LOU 2, Ghost of Shushima, Dreams, Medieval, Death Stranding and Granblue Fantasy will all be out by March of next year. Seems stacked to me
Next year? Not 2019?
Fiscal 2019 dude
Incomplete list of confirmed 2019 (not fiscal) on Switch so far: Mario Maker 2 Link's Awakening Pokemon Luigi's Mansion Animal Crossing Fire Emblem Bayonetta 3 Daemon X Machina Shin Megami Tensei 5 Dragon Quest XI Definitive I assure you that nothing on any other platform will sell like mm2, pokemon or animal crossing this calendar year.
So now Ninty are paying journalists for biased articles? Not a good sign it means they are getting desperate.
Desperate? What do they need to be desperate about?
Lol you guys and your silly conspiracy theories.
I assure you Nintendo doesn't care about gamingbolt lol.
If they were desperate Nintendo Direct wouldn't exist. Direct exists because Nintendo got tired dealing with the press before 2012
Nope, but that's OK.
Nintendo's dominance will simply be because of the wait for the arrival of next Gen.
Nintendo has great momentum at the moment, but their lineup for the first half of 2019 is thin, and third parties continue to get burned. While the existing library will continue to sell well, they seem to have blown their load. Animal crossing? Fair enough. Pokemon? Haven't they just released that? Most of the other stuff is niche in comparison. 2019 will be another strong year for Switch, but 2020 and beyond?
Of courses Nintendo will dominate in console sales this year. The Switch is in the sweet position of a console a lifespan while the Playstation 4 is nearing the end. Not much gamers are willing to invest in a new ps4 while the ps5 could hit shelves next year.
Sigh. Look, will Nintendo have a great year? Yup. Will they 'dominate'? Yes. They most certainly WILL dominate; Ouya, Vita, 3DS, XB0ne & Soulja Boy. Will they 'dominate' Sony? Uh, no. This headline alone is clickbait/flamebait. Lets look at the 1st 3 months of 2019. Only someone completely ignorant or a nakedly biased fanboy would claim that Switch has been 'dominating' 2019 thus far. RE 2 remake & Kingdom Hearts don't count all of a sudden? What about arguably the best sports game available today; MLB The Show? in March? Metro don't count either? Were just supposed to ignore Dreams too right? Lol. Are we to forget that the PS4 outsold Switch last year worldwide? That they outsold Switch in January globally? That Swich has never outsold the PS4 worldwide? That February will be go to PS4 as well? This is the kind of delusional nonsense that makes even those who don't give a f**k about console wars, look at Nintendo fanboy's & hope they aren't procreating. A price drop is on the way. When combined with the best overall lineup of games that any console manufacturer (let alone a past their prime HANDHELD company) can hope to match, it doesn't take much too see that the only 'dominating' that's going to happen will be from Sony.
In all fairness
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