Nintendo Switch is about to surpass 3DS in number of available games in NA

Oct 27, 2017
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I found this very interesting. Even though Switch has been out for a little more than a year and 3DS more than 7 years, the newest Nintendo system is about to surpass the number of licensed games for the NA region.

According to Nintendo.com:



Switch is less than 200 titles away from surpassing 3DS. It already surpassed Wii U and will probably surpass Wii and DS next year.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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If your like me and check the eShop every week, you won't be surprised. The amount of releases every week is insane.

Pretty much since the beginning of the year, it's been like a dozen a week.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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The digital market on 3DS was always relatively weak compared to other ecosystems, but what’s really surprising is how weak its retail software presence has been after its first two years or so. Switch will handily crush it in both areas.
 

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When you consider the Switch is region-free, the library of games availble to Switch owners now is already greater than the library available to 3DS owners.

That said, backwards compatablity with DS is choice.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Not surprising. Switch reminds me so much of Steam in the amount of games it has coming out every week. And I mean that in a good and a bad way. There's a LOT of trash flooding the eshop. Good games too, but lots of nothing games flooding the store just like Steam.
 
Dec 21, 2017
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How much of that is shovel ware? I remember nintendo saying they wanted something like 50+ new games per day or per week? That amount of new games so quickly guarantees that a good percentage of them are shovel ware.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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How much of that is shovel ware? I remember nintendo saying they wanted something like 50+ new games per day or per week? That amount of new games so quickly guarantees that a good percentage of them are shovel ware.
There’s lots of mediocre software on Switch, but not a lot of shoveleare...yet. That will change.

3DS has tons of trash you’ve likely never heard of. Far worse than Switch at this point. I’d argue Switch has seen more quality eShop software in 17 months than 3DS has seen in 7.5 years.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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How much of that is shovel ware? I remember nintendo saying they wanted something like 50+ new games per day or per week? That amount of new games so quickly guarantees that a good percentage of them are shovel ware.
With the bar for publishing so low now, what is the metric for shovelware? There are hundreds of Indies you've never heard of on the system. Do those count?

Shovelware use to mean the budget games they hoped parents would be tricked into buying because it was cheap and you could get 2 or 3 for the price of a full game back in the ps2 days. Do we catergorize all those sub 10 dollar games with zero marketing the same way? It doesn't feel right.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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So... does that mean Nintendo has shipped dev kids to all the people releasing that garbage that has flooded the eshop?

Because thats a lot of dev kids.


Does nintendo let people turn retail units into dev units ala Xbox? Or can you somehow make a switch game on PC only using the SDK and never actually play it on a Swtich pre release?


Curious because Nintendo is normally super locked down about its dev hardware.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Tbh,
How much of that is shovel ware? I remember nintendo saying they wanted something like 50+ new games per day or per week? That amount of new games so quickly guarantees that a good percentage of them are shovel ware.
Overwhelming majority of them and I say that as a huge Switch fan.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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But Switch has no games. That's why when they do release a game (which is never) they sell well.
Snark aside, a majority of the library is all indie titles and not all of them do well. We’re about to hit the same point on Switch where so many indie titles are being released that stuff is going to start getting buried.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I mean, the amount of shovelware is honestly not relevant so long as discovering good stuff isn't hard. Nobody would ever have time to play all the good indie games on the switch anyways, so the bad games aren't a huge issue imo
 
Dec 7, 2017
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Nintendo needs to implement rating system based on MC/OC or Steam or they can filter out good games if they don't want good stuff to be buried.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I wonder how the number is for retail games of both consoles.

And Switch have much more weekly releases than the 3DS did so it doesn't surprise me that the Switch is already about to surpass it.
 
Jul 5, 2018
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Nintendo needs to implement rating system based on MC/OC or Steam or they can filter out good games if they don't want good stuff to be buried.
Yes, I love my Switch but the eShop is already a mess. I really hope that with the Switch Online they update the eShop with that.
 
Nov 2, 2017
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That’s insane!

On the one hand, the Switch is HOT!

On the other, this isn’t necessarily good because a lot of those games ain’t worth nobodies time. A bloated eShop isnt a good thing.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm surprised Wii U had that many games, though I'm sure it's because there was next to no moderation as to what was on their eShop at the time.
 

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I mean, 3DS didn't get nearly as many indies due to hardware limitations. I'm not downplaying Switch at all, I'm just not surprised.
 
Nov 1, 2017
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Nintendo needs to implement rating system based on MC/OC or Steam or they can filter out good games if they don't want good stuff to be buried.
I would really dislike if they did anything wrt OC/MC. Do what Steam does, but I don't want an aggregate site dictating what is and isn't a "good" game. I want filters based on genres that I deem important to me.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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That's very unexpected, though I remember that first year of walking into stores and seeing the 3DS's abysmal library so I guess it isn't too surprising

Nintendo really needs to fix up the Switch eShop's algorithms and sorting soon, though. Even something like the 3DS's would go a long way to make it less of a hassle to discover games.
 
Dec 7, 2017
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I would really dislike if they did anything wrt OC/MC. Do what Steam does, but I don't want an aggregate site dictating what is and isn't a "good" game. I want filters based on genres that I deem important to me.
Yeah, when I look at it, I agree. Steam has user reviews + user defined tags.



And also critic score + recommendations.