I don’t know what is going on but it just seems like I have to keep giving history lessons. The gaming community is so quick to forget it’s kind of disturbing. Then you add the hypocrisy on top of this type of amnesia and it makes for a more disturbing and frustrating scene.
So Nintendo has wrapped up their event showcasing the Nintendo Switch and games. Throughout the community, it has been pretty much split between those that are on board, and those that aren’t. Now this is not to say you have to like what Nintendo offers, but don’t make Nintendo have to fit criteria and don’t apply to other systems. What I am talking about is people feel the launch line up for the Nintendo switch is the weakest 1st year ever. They are saying it’s not enough games at launch and they are too spread out. That’s all great to each their own. But apply this logic across the board! I feel like people just love to shit on Nintendo just because it’s the cool thing to do. The hypocrisy of this complaint about the launch lineup is one that kinda pisses me off. It’s OK not to like the games not everyone is going to like everything. To say it has the worst lineup, that it doesn’t have enough, that it’s spread out too far is straight utter bullshit, and I will explain why.
Quickly we forget about the PS4 and Xbox1 lineup at launch. Hell PS4’s first year was abysmal! Which is why people constantly ask the question how did it sell so well. (be honest it still hasn’t gotten better, Uncharted is probably the best game on there and it just came out last year about 4 years after launch.) Before that Sony first party games have been MIA. Xbox is not out the heat but I feel they at least attempted to do better by offering some actual NEW titles at launch. Actual games you can’t get on the previous console. Both companies lineups are filled with either previous generation games or games that are still available on the previous hardware.
As you can see in the photo the day 1 Launch titles for the system are laid out with the ones that are exclusives on the outside, and the ones that are multi-plat on the inside. I want you to take a look at this list of games and notice that 90% of the title are games we played on the PS3, and 360. But yet this is the same excuse or complaint that people are saying about Nintendo. When the other 2 did it nobody batted an eye. Now you take away those game and you are left with about 4 or 5 actual new games for each system. For Xbox 1 you have Crimson Dragon, Lococycle, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct, and a couple indie games. For PS4 Contrast, Killzone: Shadowfall, Knack, The Playroom, Resogun. Now other than Killzone and Knack the rest are indie games. How is this impressive and deserving of more praise than Nintendo? On Sony side, you wouldn’t see another release from their first party until that next year with Infamous, and then towards the end of that year The Order. So why is the same complaint not put towards this offering?
Now let us take a look at the Nintendo Switch Launch lineup. Let’s take the day 1 titles. Now you may not like anything other than Zelda, and that’s OK. That’s a flagship title that Nintendo offered at launch. One that is more critically acclaimed than the day 1 titles offered by the other 2 at launch. Now I know where you’re about to go with your rebuttal,“ but Jon that can be played on the Wii U.” You would be correct in this but, there is one big key difference. Nobody has played it yet. The titles that you had offered to you on the PS3 and Xbox1 that also were on the previous gen were already released and been played. Even Sony’s big hitter Last of Us. Played that game a year before the launch of the PS4. Until Uncharted that was the hottest offering from Sony on PS4 a PS3 game. This was the case for the next 2 years PS3 remakes and third party games. So the difference is Wii u owners haven’t played the game yet, and Switch owners haven’t played the game yet so, either way, it’s still a new experience period. That case can’t be said with the launch lineup of the other 2.
Now not launch day but same month you have Snipperclips for puzzle game lovers, and Fast racing remix for Fast racing neo fans. I am Setsuna(also available on PS4) and Has Been Heros. But let’s say you are not interested in those so you still are only playing Zelda that’s ok I don’t think that’s a game that will be rushed. Next month you have Mario Kart Deluxe. Then next up is Arms but it says Spring so that can be anytime between March and June. Most likely will be May. Then this summer you have Rime and Splattoon 2. Then you have Skyrim in the fall and Mario during the holidays so that’s between Oct-Dec. Then the rest of the titles TBD but releasing in 2017. Even if you only picked 1 each month you are still offered at least 1 Exclusive Nintendo title each month all the way to 2018. Can you say that about the launch of Xbox1 and PS4? These are all the confirmed titles there could possibly be more that comes, might be some ports coming, who knows but to say that this launch lineup is weak without saying the same thing about the other 2 is hypocrisy. Even if Nintendo got all Wii u titles or all Ports of already released games there is still one thing that they can do that the others can’t, take it with you.