Nintendo Switch is being discussed online for months now and lately we haven’t heard anything from Micheal Patcher. We were wondering when the analyst will pop his head again to share his views about the new machine. Thankfully, he just did!
According to Patcher, Nintendo Switch will have a hard time getting third party support beyond the first year if its install base is weak.
Priced at $300, Switch is not a more affordable alternative to the PS4 and Xbox One. Initial pricing is likely to be problematic given an underwhelming slate at launch and the fact that the PS4 and Xbox One are consistently discounted at retail below their starting prices of $300 with a free software pack-in.
While Nintendo clearly relies upon the unique gameplay offered by the new device, it will need to convince a large audience that its newest device is more substance than gimmick in order to drive better long-term adoption than the Wii U saw.
Sales beyond the first year will be affected by third party software support; the underpowered Switch is unlikely to attract much,” he explained.
“A solid first party release slate is promising, but limited third party support will likely limit hardware demand later in the year. Zelda , Mario, and Splatoon titles are expected in 2017, but only a handful of new games are expected at launch. The cost of accessories is surprisingly high, and Western third party support appears limited to ports of Xbox 360 and PS3 games. We think that hardware sales will be limited without substantially greater third party support.
Nintendo needs to sell unit and at $300 it would be interesting to how things are after the initial rush of sales.