It's no secret that the Nintendo Switch has got off to a great start, with 2.4 million consoles reportedly shifted during March. Of course as always with a Nintendo hardware launch, a large list of third party supporters that claim they will develop compelling games for the new system was unveiled. Of course, as we know in the case of the Wii U, the third party support can dwindle very quickly indeed.
While some claim that third-party development is key to a thriving Nintendo console, the reality of what the public actually buy can often be very different. The Wii had an amazing install base, but generally speaking the games with the most impressive attach rate were quality first party releases such as Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, etc.
Stardock CEO, Brad Wardell isn't too worried about the prospects for the Nintendo Switch if third party support dwindles away, however, so long as Nintendo itself keeps pumping out content:
Nintendo doesn't arguably need third party. You think about the Mario games, Zelda, I mean, there's plenty there. I mean, if it was a $1000 game system, maybe I'd care. But as it stands now, there is plenty to play with on the Switch, that's just fine.
When it comes to Wardell's own studio - which typically focuses on PC games - he certainly is not convinced that it's worth putting out a game on the Nintendo Switch anytime soon:
No, we probably will not support the Switch. It's too different than any of the others, and there isn't a lot of - I haven't seen a lot of third party success stories on the more recent Nintendo hardware. Nintendo, is a great market for Nintendo, but I haven't seen a lot of huge hits made by non-Nintendo studios.
What do you think of the Stardock CEO's comments? Do you think the Nintendo Switch can succeed on first party games alone, or do you welcome upcoming third party efforts such as Puyo Puyo Tetris, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers and Sonic Forces, to name a few?