Will the Nintendo Switch be as Successful as the Wii?

Everybody on planet Earth has seen the Nintendo Switch trailer. At the time of this writing, the video on YouTube has almost 20 million views. That being said, this article isn’t seeking to break any new ground on what the Nintendo Switch has to offer; we all know that by now. Instead, I want to take a close look at the potential of the Nintendo Switch to sell and be as successful as the Wii. I’m using the Wii as an example because it’s Nintendo’s best-selling home console, selling over 100 million units.

First, let’s take a look at one of the most important things about any console: the games. One of the biggest blunders of the Wii U was its lack of 3rd party support. Developers couldn’t easily port games to the Wii U because of its different architecture, plus they had to implement the gamepad. In other words, it was a mess… and that’s why developers were reluctant to hop on board. The Switch is an entirely different story. Nintendo has already released a list of some of their most prominent 3rd party developers, and it’s pretty impressive. I mean cm’on, the trailer showed Skyrim. This is a big deal. Having more 3rd party developers means more games, which increases the incentive to purchase the console. Take a look at some companies who are developing for the switch, you’ll probably recognize quite a few.


Next, I want to bring up what is probably the most obvious advantage that the Switch holds; it’s a multi-platform console. The fact that the Switch is both a home and hand-held console is HUGE. This goes without saying, but different people like playing games in different ways. Some people love sitting on the couch and playing games at home. Others like playing games on the go to help long car rides and other activities pass by quickly. That’s the beauty of the Nintendo Switch; it can do both. This means that the Switch will appeal to a wider audience, and will hopefully help it to push sales.

Lastly, I think that the Switch will be successful simply because of a resurgence in popularity for Nintendo. Just look at the popularity and traction of things like Pokemon Go and the NES Classic Edition. It seems to me that a lot of people are ready to jump back into Nintendo’s beloved IP’s.

These are just a couple reasons why the switch could be a huge hit, just like the Nintendo Wii. What do you think? Does the Switch have potential? Comment below!