Nintendo & Indie Games Are A Recipe For Success
Indie games on the Nintendo Switch is a topic I’ve discussed in the past. With a new Nindies showcase right around the corner, I thought now would be a good time to revisit Nintendo and indie games. It’s impossible to deny the impact that the Switch has made since it’s debut just over a year ago. While the long-term effects the console will have on the gaming landscape are still too early to predict. One undeniable fact is that things have changed.
Nintendo has become much more accommodating to indie devs
Nintendo’s last home console the Wii U was a commercial failure. With the Switch, the company has attempted to remedy some of the mistakes it made with the Wii U. One of the key issues during the Wii U years were the relationships with independent and third-party developers. This is an issue that Nintendo has worked hard to remedy with the release of the Switch.
By fostering these relationships especially with indie devs, Nintendo has ensured that the Switch has a steady flow of new game releases. In fact, if you were to visit the eShop right now you would find quite a few indie games there mixed in with the AAA titles. This steady influx of new titles has helped make the Switch a success, indie devs have played a huge role in this success.
It’s Unique Making It Attractive
When Nintendo pulled back the curtain on the Switch it had everybody talking. It was a completely different take on home console gaming from what both Sony, and Microsoft was offering. All this combined to make the Switch and attractive platform both for developers and gamers.
Thanks to the hot ticket nature of the Switch, many indie games have been exposed to a potentially new audience. The success of indie games on the console has been a welcome surprise. Their success had meant so much that Nintendo now gives them their own showcase. During this broadcast which is like a Nintendo Direct, indie games are given the spotlight.
By giving these titles a broadcast much like the Nintendo Directs, Nintendo has shown their faith in indie games. It also places these titles front and center of the Nintendo faithful. How much of a role this plays in sales is only guesswork, it clearly plays a role no matter how big or small.
A Long Road Ahead
While indie games are finding success on the Switch now, that may not always be the case. Right now, the eShop isn’t horribly crowded, Should the console’s success continue, that could very well change. Should that change happen many of these indie titles may get lost in the shuffle, as more developers rush to publish their games on the Switch. In the meantime, however, perhaps it’s just best to sit back and enjoy the fact that the Nintendo Switch is currently a goldmine of indie games.
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