Michael Pachter thinks that despite initial success Nintendo Switch may struggle to compete with the big boys
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you already know that the Switch has been selling like hot cakes. The hybrid console’s first party exclusives have been critical hits, especially Zelda Breath of The Wild and Mario Kart 8. However, the Switch has almost no third party support so far, with only a few meagre third party titles. According to Nintendo, the console has been a success, shipping around 4.7 million units, but not everyone thinks this will help save the console.
While talking to GameIndustry, renown Wedbush analyst Micheal Pachter said that while the Switch was selling really well, the light software slate plus the steep $300 price tag will not help it compete with its competitors.
“The starting price of $300 could eventually become a problem given a light software slate and widespread discounting for the PS4 and Xbox One. Although the first party slate is promising, third-party support may eventually subside.”
Furthermore, he said that most big multi-platform releases won’t be on the Switch and that the console’s long term success could only be evaluated and predicted once EA and Activision release their games later this year.
“In addition, most of the industry’s big second half releases will not be available for the Switch. We will get a better sense of the Switch’s long-term prospects when games like Activision Blizzards Call of Duty: WW2 and Destiny 2, EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins are released, all of which will compete for consumer wallet share and will not be available for Switch”
What do you think about Pachter’s words? Do you think the Nintendo Switch will be able to compete with juggernauts like the PS4 and Xbox One in the future? Let us know by commenting in the comments section below