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Nintendo?s Switch presentation two weeks ago revealed information on the new system, but the most important part was the announcement of launch and first-year software. The recurring conclusion I?ve been seeing is that many think that the Switch?s 2017 line-up is a pretty mixed bag. If you happen to be thinking along those lines, perhaps this piece will change your mind. The Switch?s 2017 line-up isn?t the best console launch/launch-window selection we have ever seen, but it?s not really that bad when you look at it rationally.
Before we get into the Switch?s launch selection, let?s take a look back at its predecessor, the Wii U. The Switch has about six confirmed retail titles for its launch day, whereas the Wii U had 23 (in North America). That?s quite the contrast! Among the Wii U?s selection, there were a number of major third-party titles like: Assassin?s Creed 3, Batman: Arkham City, CoD: Black Ops 2, FIFA 13, Madden 13 and Mass Effect 3. The same cannot be said for the Switch, which has the majority of its confirmed major third-party titles coming much later this year. It?s also fair to note that there are not yet many major third-party franchises announced to be coming to the Switch this year, unlike the Wii U and its aforementioned launch selection. Does this paint a truly bad picture for the new system" Not really.
While it is true that early Wii U adopters had a plethora of games to choose from, one must take into account that not all of these games were a high level of quality. Many ports, such as Madden and FIFA, were watered-down compared to versions found on the older PS3/360. Games like Batman, CoD and Mass Effect were enhanced to make use of the Wii U?s higher power and unique Gamepad features, but players weren?t swayed to buy them on Nintendo?s system when they already bought them on PS3, 360 or PC months before. As a result, many of these early third-party games sold pretty badly on Wii U. We ...