Learning From The Past And The Potential Of The Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's Wii U and Sega's Saturn were very similar, and both failed. How can Nintendo's next console, the Switch, avoid a fate similar to the Dreamcast?

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Player3Podcast2719d ago

I don't really see the switch as a replacement for the 3ds. I see it as two different consoles that Nintendo has put forth for two different markets. The 3ds is still family and kid friendly while the little bit of marketing we've seen for the Switch is geared towards millennials on-the-go.

eagle212719d ago

Switch is like a Gameboy and Homeboy than the DS family....Haha.

Skaymore2719d ago

This may be true. Especially considering parents often buy a handheld for each of their children.
Although, even Pokémon is apparently coming to the Switch

FallenAngel19842719d ago

Saturn caused big financial troubles for Sega while Wii U turned a profit for Nintendo. Those consoles are not alike

Skaymore2719d ago

The Wii U itself did not turn a profit for Nintendo I don't think. Nintendo barely profited during the Wii U's life cycle, and that was with 3ds and amiibo among other things bumping the numbers up

FallenAngel19842719d ago

Wii U is turning a profit for Nintendo now

Jared8Randall2719d ago

I think that they way Switch is getting covered is far superior to Wii U's opening. I felt like no one cared about the U but everyone is hype for the Switch. Aka whoever is on the advertisement committee needs a pay raise haha


Xbox Studios Boss: We "Deserve a Pretty Positive Grade" for Xbox Games Showcase

Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty thinks they "deserve a pretty positive grade" for the recent Xbox Games Showcase

phoenixwing13h ago(Edited 13h ago)

You bought it all around six months ago. You spent billions because the company is literally inept but yeah a plus man

OtterX12h ago

It's like a kid that pays the smart kid in class to do his science fair project for him, then brags "Hey, look what I made! That's an A+ effort right there!"

GamerRN4h ago

Wait didn't Sony buy all the great studios THEY own also? So Microsoft is a villain for trying to catch up?

OtterX1h ago(Edited 1h ago)

@GamerRN the only example I can think of that you're referring to is Bungie with Destiny? Maybe a few others that were already in financial risk of closure?

Almost all the others were long nurtured studios that Sony help build up from their beginnings. Insomniac for instance is what it is today because of Sony's support from the early PS1 days from Spyro to Ratchet & Clank onward. (Or for me, the hidden gem Disruptor) Insomniac even gave Microsoft a chance w Sunset Overdrive and hardly anyone bought it, so Insomniac saw MS as a wasted effort. They probably heard about the Gamepass plans early on b4 it was announced and ran. Gamepass is where games go to die bc unless you're in the 5% most successful titles, you're in risk of your game, and possibly your studio dying off.

-Foxtrot10h ago

Here’s the thing and I know it’s going to cause a stir like it’s some fanboy bullshit but it needs to be said

Microsoft did indeed have a great showcase, no way about it, they did

BUT…theres a lot of ways to go about it

We’ve been moaning for years how studios constantly keep showing off games that are years away and the thing is this is exactly what Microsoft has done this year

Simple reveal trailers to fully showing of a bit of gameplay, it’s irrelevant the fact is Microsoft already revealed Perfect Dark, Fable, State of Decay, Avowed, Indiana Jones before the showcase and some of those titles were revealed a LONG time ago. They did the same thing with Hellblade 2 for a while until it finally released, it always felt it was at every show. Gears of War had no release date so how many shows is that going to be at realistically? I just assumed going by the comments online people hated this sort of stuff and yet the next they praise it. We’ve still got other games MS revealed a while back and will get more re-reveals in the future so the same will happen again.

Then you have multiplatform games on top of all that because let’s be honest between the Summer Game Fest and Microsofts Showcase you’ll want to reveal your games at something more established and bigger so these big third party studios will chose Microsoft to show their games at since Sony hasn’t got any presence at these shows and people like EA don’t really do their own shows because they are always terrible.

It just feels like overtime, if Microsoft finally go third party in the next few years, the Microsoft Showcase will basically become a third party mini E3 show more multiplatform developers will want to get in on as long as there’s an Xbox version.

Obscure_Observer10h ago

"You bought it all around six months ago. You spent billions because the company is literally inept but yeah a plus man"

Sure thing...

Perfect Dark, South of Midnight, Fable, Flight Simulator 2024, State of Decay and Gears 6 all looked incredible it those has absolutely nothing to do with ABK or even Bethesda.

I guess some people simply can´t accept that MS is on a whole new level of quality, quantity and variety that competition can´t come close!

Xbox has the whole generation on the lock and even some games to spare and save for the next generation console. All Top tier games day one on Gamepass including COD.

Things will only get better for us. This is just the beginning of something ever greater.

fr0sty7h ago(Edited 7h ago)

Guess what they didn't show much of? Exclusive titles. Not even Gears 6 was cited to be exclusive to Xbox.

Looks like you were proven wrong yet again.


andy857h ago

Haven't you learned to wait for release yet? You said the same about Redfall and Starfield. Looking great in previews is all well and good. It's how they actually play that matters. Where is this "whole new level of quality"? They've yet to even be nominated for game of the year, nevermind winning it. That's what a whole new level of quality means.

-Foxtrot7h ago

“Things will only get better for us. This is just the beginning of something ever greater”

Good grief.

Fanboy shit aside…come on


Hotpot6h ago

ah spare me with this “us” mentality, you corpo mouthpiece are getting tiring...
if you’re a gamer and you see games you like buy it (and the device to play it if you haven’t) and move on, it’s a box not a homeland to defend.

XiNatsuDragnel4h ago

Don't be a slave to company please man and be open minded about different views man.

Jingsing3h ago

I see an Obscure_Observer post I don't read it but simply down vote it and I'm not even a simple man. :)

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piroh13h ago

As a primary Playstation gamer i give it positive grade since the showcase was OK and most of the games coming to PS5.

IMO best of the shows
Astro bot
Black myth wukong
Phantom blade zero
new Doom
new Gears
MGS Delta
Mario Party Jamboree
Zelda EoW

jznrpg7h ago(Edited 7h ago)

Pass on Doom Gears and Mario party for me though my kids may want to play Mario Party. Also a temporary pass on Black Myth until they get discs in their house physical copies of the game. Not a huge fan of the Zelda art style but I will still get it as it has the old school gameplay

Eonjay2h ago

Expedition 33
Lego Horizon Adventures
MVC Fighting Collection

Goodguy017h ago

I would say so. Well done showcase. I do still miss E3 though as I still just don't really like these online showcases replacing much of the in person presentations where everyone gathers. Companies, devs, and fans of the whole industry (not just for one platform) alike at one event.

jznrpg7h ago

You deserve a steaming pile of shite just like the Series S you released to gimp this generation