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Take-Two says Nintendo is making a 'great effort' to support 3rd parties on Switch, feeling 'very optimistic'

UPDATE - Here's a more complete statement from Slatoff...

"With any new hardware, there is always an element of 'wait and see,' and the install base is going to drive a lot [of Take-Two's level of support]. We're very intrigued and excited about it. The Nintendo folks I think are making a great effort to reach out to third-party developers, which I think is fantastic. I would say we're very optimistic and they're good partners. We're excited to work with them in the future on it."

Coming from Take-Two President Karl Slatoff...

The folks at Nintendo are making a great effort to support third-party developers, we’re very optimistic on the Switch though we are not announcing anything specific today.

Now THAT'S the kind of comments we want to hear about third parties. I don't think Take-Two would just throw that comment out there if they weren't feeling the love.

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
Tags: take-two, switch

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link2dpast
Tue Nov 29 16 05:02pm
Rating: 4

Whats wrong with Third Party being weary about the Switch? Whats wrong with them wanting the system to be a massive success to they can reach a wider demographic and make more money? This isn't charity work. It is Nintendo's Job to make an ecosystem where third parties can be PROFITABLE. These companies have no allegiance to anyone. They go where the money is. The Wii U's ecosystem was toxic to third parties. Their content did not sell including the ones that actually put in effort. They have every right to test the waters and see if it's viable and Nintendo making their lives easier is a great thing.

That is, if the Switch is a massive success.

I'm feeling pretty confident about Switch's 3rd party support. Nintendo is finally reaching out instead of pushing away.

I mean, its not like they are going to say something negative about it.....

I'll believe it when the Switch has more than 6 months of continued 3rd party support

Fingers crossed this sticks.

I think the Switch will be different with 3rd parties this time. Typically a Nintendo console has a hit or a miss every other generation. Being able to take something on the go that has the graphical horsepower of the Switch (albeit that we don't really know the final specs or capabilities) really excites a lot of developers out there. It means their games will be getting played everywhere rather than being tethered to the living room. If it can support something like Skyrim and Breath of the Wild while being out and about it ultimately appeals to a much larger market simply because not everyone has the time to sit and play a 50+ hour game on their couch. They can now play on a lunch break or while sitting on a subway train or during work breaks.

My major concern at this point is will Nintendo handle the release much like they did with the NES Classic and be incredibly conservative on their release numbers? I don't know anyone that wants to wait 6 months just to get one due to lack of availability, myself included. Given how the NES Classic has been handled and the Amiibo before it, I have serious concern that the Switch will be the same way. I surely hope not. I really believe that they need to open up pre-orders in order to gauge how many units they need to produce and ship before the release in March.

Sorry, this doesn't hold much weight considering its Take Two. They said nice things about Wii U too.

2K: If Switch becomes a success, that means we can bring this to all Nintendo fans:

Any third party support is better than no support at all.

Better for the companies involved, sure, but mediocre support is still mediocre.

Nintendo did reach out to them for the NBA 2K sample in the video. Hopefully that's a portent of something positive down the road between the two.

Lip service. That's all it is.

"Nintendo is helping port our NBA game onto the Switch, minimizing costs to leverage better chance to make profit on this sole game. We support these measures and hopes they keep doing this."

Translation complete.

Its happening people! ''GRAND THEFT MUSHROOM WARRIOR: The Haze Edition'!

link2dpast
Tue Nov 29 16 05:02pm
Rating: 4

Whats wrong with Third Party being weary about the Switch? Whats wrong with them wanting the system to be a massive success to they can reach a wider demographic and make more money? This isn't charity work. It is Nintendo's Job to make an ecosystem where third parties can be PROFITABLE. These companies have no allegiance to anyone. They go where the money is. The Wii U's ecosystem was toxic to third parties. Their content did not sell including the ones that actually put in effort. They have every right to test the waters and see if it's viable and Nintendo making their lives easier is a great thing.

But the key is that third parties have to use the right titles to test said waters.
I'm all for Skyrim because I loved that game to death, but if all we're gonna get from them on Switch is ports of sports and last gen games, then third parties aren't so much testing the waters as poisoning them.
They could quite literally make the Switch LOOK BAD, by putting out the wrong games, despite Nintendo's best efforts to make it look good so far.

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