The company behind any new console wants to bring all the latest and greatest games on their platform, and Nintendo is no exception. The Japanese console-maker has expressed interest in attracting key external third-party developers to bring their "best and brightest" games onto its new Nintendo Switch hardware.
Nintendo has had a hard time convincing key Western publishers and developers to bring new big-name Western games like Far Cry 5, Overwatch, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Assassin's Creed: Origins and Call of Duty: WWII to the Nintendo Switch. At the same time, however, publishers like EA and Take-Two Interactive are experimenting with Switch support with new games like FIFA 18 and NBA 2K18. Other companies seem reticent to support the Switch for many reasons, including the hybrid console's lower-end power, the console's smallish 3.6 million install base due to early lifetime sales, the fact that it can be played entirely offline on-the-go and forgoing any earnings from live services like microtransactions, and the fact Nintendo has yet to implement an attractive online framework that allows for adequate long-term games monetization and facilitates a strong social online network like Xbox LIVE or the PlayStation Network.
Despite these potential drawbacks, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime remains optimistic and affirms the company wants the best third-party games on the Switch. "The conversations we have with external partners really is more about, 'How do you bring your current best and brightest content to the platform?' Because again, that's a different situation," Fils-Aime said in a recent interview with Waypoint. "There weren't many third-party exclusive games for the Wii U, and more of what we want is certainly yes, a Mario + Rabbids type of experience that's new and fresh, but also what we want are the best current games, like a FIFA 18, to come on the platform."