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Switch Sports proves Nintendo’s extreme patience pays off

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In the mid 2000s, Sports Wii It was the best game on the planet. If Activision, EA, or Ubisoft released a collection of mini-games, there are 12 sequels at this point and they will restart. Probably also an anime show at Nickelodeon. For better or for worse, Wii Sports is a Nintendo franchise, so instead there are sequels, remakes, and a 10-year radio prayer.

As a fan of the title, I’m disappointed every time Nintendo concludes a press conference or Nintendo Direct without mentioning motion control bowling. But as a publisher that has been catching this beat since the Wii era, I understood all its business logic. Nintendo has so many beloved studios that if every series gets a sequel, they can fight it.

So I waited. And I waited. And I waited.

When the publisher announces Nintendo Switch Sports I lost hope last year. If Nintendo wanted to take advantage of the Wii Sports formula, I thought I would create another bundle for the Switch. It was wrong anyway.

Nintendo didn’t need a bundle of games to sell the Switch, as sales numbers (and empty shelves in my local target) show.And or Sports Wii Supporting the sale of Nintendo Wii, the success of Switch has the potential to advance Nintendo Switch Sports Great success. This year alone, Switch has surpassed Wii in total sales to over 100 million units.So a potential audience Nintendo Switch Sports It’s huge.need to do it Nintendo Switch Sports Run classic Nintendo games and accumulate huge sales over the years. That way, the game will keep the Switch relevant as it enters the golden age of the hardware life cycle.

Nintendo once again proved that patience is a virtue. The situation was similar last year. Metroid horrorThis is a project under development and under development since 2005. Whether the broadcaster is waiting for the right time to restart the series or putting the project in development hell, the end result is the same. Matched (did not match). Probably never) To the sustainable quality that the companion lacked.

Until recently, “games that are late are good, but games that are in a hurry are forever bad,” was by Mario Maker Shigeru Miyamoto, the icon for Nintendo. However, this quote is much more likely to be a common phrase in the gaming industry and is a kind of maxim that helped creators postpone their accounting team for a month or two. I like the idea that Miyamoto didn’t use that phrase, as it means that all major publishers in the gaming industry know that the mantra is true. Only Nintendo has always lived.


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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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