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Switch Sports proves Nintendo’s extreme patience pays off

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In the mid-2000s, wii sports This is the biggest game in the world. If Activision, EA, or Ubisoft released a collection of minigames, we’d now have a dozen sequels and reboots, and maybe an animated show on Nickelodeon. For better or worse, Wii Sports is a Nintendo franchise, so we get sequels, remakes, and a decade of radio silence.

As a fan of the game, I’m disappointed every time Nintendo finishes a press conference or Nintendo Direct without mentioning motion-controlled bowling. But as a publisher covering this beat since the Wii days, I understand the business logic of it all. Nintendo has so many beloved studios that if each series has a sequel that fans think they deserve, they can cannibalize each other.

So I waited. and many more. and many more.

when the publisher announced nintendo switch sports I almost gave up hope last year. I think if Nintendo wanted to capitalize on the Wii Sports formula, they’d make another bundle for the Switch. I was wrong in every way.

As the sales numbers (and the empty shelves at my local Target) show, Nintendo doesn’t need to pack games to sell the Switch.and where wii sports Helped sell the Nintendo Wiis, the Switch’s success has the potential to make nintendo switch sports Huge blow. This year alone, the Switch has surpassed the Wii in total sales, with over 100 million units sold.That is, the potential audience nintendo switch sports This is huge.and should nintendo switch sports If you’re playing a classic Nintendo game that sold massively over the years, this game will keep the Switch relevant during the golden years of its hardware lifecycle.

Nintendo once again proved that patience is a virtue.We saw something similar last year Metroid HorrorA project that has been in development and out of development since 2005. Whether a publisher is waiting for the right time to revive a series or leave a project bogged down in development, the end result is the same: a lasting quality that its peers lack. † t linked (and probably never will).

Until recently, the phrase “late games are ultimately good, but rushed games are always bad” was wrongly attributed to Nintendo icon and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. However, it’s more likely that the phrase is just a catchphrase in the gaming industry, an adage that helps creatives put off accounting teams for a month or two. I’d rather think that Mr. Miyamoto didn’t come up with the word, because it means that every major publisher in the gaming industry knows the mantra is true. Only Nintendo has been living.


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Switch Sports proves Nintendo’s extreme patience pays off

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In the mid-2000s, Wii Sports was the biggest game on the planet. If Activision, EA, or Ubisoft had published the minigame collection, we would have a dozen sequels and a reboot by this point — maybe an animated show on Nickelodeon, too. For better or worse, Wii Sports is a Nintendo franchise, so instead, we got one sequel, a remake, and a decade of radio silence.
As a fan of the title, I was disappointed every time Nintendo completed a press conference or Nintendo Direct without mention of motion-controlled bowling. But as an editor who has covered this beat since the days of the Wii, I understood the business logic of it all. Nintendo has so many beloved studios that they could cannibalize each other if every series got the sequels fans felt they deserved.
So, I waited. And I waited. And I waited.
When the publisher announced Nintendo Switch Sports last year, I had all but lost hope. I’d assumed that if Nintendo wanted to leverage the Wii Sports formula, it would have produced another pack-in for the Switch. I was wrong in every way.
As the sales numbers (and empty shelves at my local Target) show, Nintendo didn’t need a pack-in game to sell the Switch. And where Wii Sports helped sell Nintendo Wiis, the Switch’s success has the potential to make Nintendo Switch Sports a colossal hit. Just this year, the Switch passed the Wii in total sales, zipping past 100 million units sold. Which is to say, the potential audience for Nintendo Switch Sports is gargantuan. And should Nintendo Switch Sports do the classic Nintendo game thing, amassing huge sales numbers over multiple years, then the game will keep the Switch relevant as it wades into the golden years of its hardware life cycle.
Once again, Nintendo has proven that patience is a virtue. We saw a similar situation last year with Metroid Dread, a project that had bounced in and out of development since 2005. Whether the publisher waits for the right moment to revive a series, or keeps a project in development hell, the end results are the same: a sustained quality that its peers haven’t matched (and likely never will).
Until recently, the quote “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad” was misattributed to Nintendo icon and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. It’s much more likely, however, that the quote was just a common phrase across the games industry, the sort of aphorism that helps creatives push back the accounting team an extra month or two. I prefer the thought that Miyamoto didn’t coin the phrase, because that would mean that every major publisher in the games industry knows this mantra to be true. Only Nintendo has consistently lived by it.
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