6 Reasons The Nintendo Switch Will Fail Like The Wii U

The Nintendo Switch might already be doomed.

Nintendo Switch

Excitement for Nintendo’s Switch console was reaching fever pitch as January’s big reveal event approached. The House of Mario had teased the handheld/home console hybrid machine during a brief unveiling back in October 2016, leaving fans hungry for more information.

That info dump came on January 13, during a thorough presentation that looked at the system itself, the controllers, and a raft of games due in 2017. While a certain quarter of Nintendo’s fanbase are lapping up the new machine, an awful lot of people feel the same old mistakes are being made, mistakes that will ultimately hurt the console’s chances of success.

Here are six reasons why the Nintendo Switch will fail just like the Wii U.

6. Lack Of Games

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo creates awesome games. No one is questioning the company’s ability to produce more tremendous entries in the Mario, Mario Kart, Splatoon, Metroid, Animal Crossing, and Pokemon franchises. The Switch will almost certainly be home to some of the greatest games ever made, simply because Nintendo is making them. But those games aren’t enough.

You know what other system had some of Nintendo’s best games of all time? The Wii U. And we all know how well that turned out for Nintendo. Nintendo games must be accompanied by titles from the likes of EA, Ubisoft, Activision, Capcom and the rest if the Switch is to fulfil its potential as the perfect system to game at home or while on the move. Players will want Call of Duty, Mass Effect, FIFA, Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil and all the other big titles that sell millions of copies on PS4 and Xbox One.

Given the disappointing show of support these publishers have shown so far (the FIFA announcement didn’t scream confidence in the system), the Switch looks set to follow the same disappointing path set by the Wii U. A path that will ultimately lead to failure.


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