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

Oct 25, 2017
3,395
#56
Not surprising one bit. Thanks to the retail vs physical uneveness, the indie label is placed on the switch for a reason. The 3ds was also terrible when it came to fostering that support (bad storefront, lack of engine compatibility, storage, account funkiness). The 3ds eshop wasnt even available until months after the 3ds released.

A retail only comparison would be more interesting. Or digital only on Switch compared to other digital platforms. The wii u and 3ds otherwise are tomato cans in this comparison.
 
Oct 26, 2017
1,043
#57
I'll wait for someone to list at least 100 shovelware on Switch eshop, then we'll talk.

As for now, I'll say the future is good for Switch.
 
Oct 25, 2017
8,070
#58
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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.
Totally agree
Yeah but... a lot of it is indie floods...
... And?
 

IsaacC

Alt Account
Member
Jun 17, 2018
384
#59
What percentage of that is shovelware though?
Shockingly...not bloody much. There are a few garbage games on the eshop...but honestly that is just according to my taste. There are very few ( especially compared to weekly itunes/steam releases) shit quality phoned in games coming out for Switch. Seems to me their bottom rung pedigree isn't too terrible.
 
Oct 25, 2017
8,070
#64
How is this possible? I have to question the quality of the releases then
Why?

The vast majority are eShop only, and Nintendo has been courting indie developers very hard with the Switch. These games have sold well which leads to more games being brought to the platform. Not to mention Switch is more capable of running many more games than the 3DS, whereas the 3DS had to have it's own specific version developed instead of a direct port.

Switch also has some degree of Western third party support
 
Oct 28, 2017
651
#66
I'll wait for someone to list at least 100 shovelware on Switch eshop, then we'll talk.

As for now, I'll say the future is good for Switch.
Exactly, people just started reading claims of too much shovelware and ran with it, even though there's not much evidence that proves there is a lot of shovelware
 
Oct 31, 2017
727
New York
#67
Considering the amount of shovelware they allow in the eshop I expected this to happen much sooner. With the steam like lack of quality control of their marketplace, it seems that surpassing the 3Ds store was the goal all along.
 
Oct 25, 2017
10,584
#68
Considering the amount of shovelware they allow in the eshop I expected this to happen much sooner. With the steam like lack of quality control of their marketplace, it seems that surpassing the 3Ds store was the goal all along.
Except 3DS has significantly more shovelware than Switch, despite having a similar software count.

Nintendo's curation standards during the Wii U / 3DS era were considerably lower than they are now.
 
Apr 27, 2018
1,731
#71
Love how every single time the hard number of games for Switch shows up, we get the same group of people calling everything trash, truly hilarious at this point.

I would love all of this desperate naysayers to provide actual evidence of how big is the amount of "Shovelware" that is coming to the system, in relation to other systems of course. Starting with what do they define as Shovelware.

And no, "Game I don't know of" is not the definition, son.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,625
#72
Lots of people get offended when they see the term shovelware but at this point it's just semantics. We all know what it means.

The reality is that the eshop is being flooded on a weekly basis with games most of us won't give the time of day: Mobile ports and low effort indie titles that don't even do a good job of selling themselves on the shop.

2018 has been a dry year for the Switch and the only reason we've accepted it is because most of us discover enough indie titles to keep us busy before bed, and because we have other consoles to scratch that first party itch.

1000+ games in less than 2 years on one system is most certainly not a milestone to celebrate.
 

ccc

Member
Jan 1, 2018
513
#75
Do we know how many retail games the various platforms have and how many they had launch aligned with switch? I can find out for Japan numbers once I get home if need be
 

Hoa

Member
Jun 6, 2018
577
#76
How many of those switch games are Etrian Odyssey games though?

Checkmate.

Honestly though I haven't been checking the Eshop at all, every time I boot the Switch I go straight into Splatoon 2. I should correct that someday.
 

IsaacC

Alt Account
Member
Jun 17, 2018
384
#77
Lots of people get offended when they see the term shovelware but at this point it's just semantics. We all know what it means.

The reality is that the eshop is being flooded on a weekly basis with games most of us won't give the time of day: Mobile ports and low effort indie titles that don't even do a good job of selling themselves on the shop.

2018 has been a dry year for the Switch and the only reason we've accepted it is because most of us discover enough indie titles to keep us busy before bed, and because we have other consoles to scratch that first party itch.

1000+ games in less than 2 years on one system is most certainly not a milestone to celebrate.
Holy crap could you possibly state your opinion more like it was a fact? And the funny thing is that you are clearly in the minority with your way of thinking here. I always love the odd person out, who speaks like an authority while saying the most inaccurate/ridiculous things....all while truly believing they are actually, an authority. Gosh it just tickles me :p
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,238
Jordan
#78
The reality is that the eshop is being flooded on a weekly basis with games most of us won't give the time of day: Mobile ports and low effort indie titles that don't even do a good job of selling themselves on the shop.
I think it is actually a great thing that Switch is courting this many developers, and you won't ever know where the next hit would come from. look at Dead Cells? the developers used to make mobile games and then... suddenly they made one of the biggest indie hits this year.

Playstation has always been so successful because of the sheer amount of content first and foremost... other companies took notice and relaxed their policies. Switch is more simple in nature than PS4/Xbox and has a touch screen, too. just think how much more attractive the Switch is gonna be when the price is lowered a bit and when more big and small releases join the library. this will become the biggest Nintendo system ever in terms of software volume.

I think it is really great, just give the consumer the choice to buy what they want. there is a huge catalogue of quality releases on the eShop, and those releases made up for the lack of big titles this year, they kept the userbase engaged and they are helping to drive the momentum of the system.

though to be very honest, I agree that Switch still not in an ideal situation in regards to "key titles" that will help expanding the audience. GTAV should be released for the Switch (maybe they are waiting for the bigger cartridge), and Overwatch too. but still overall they are in a much better position compared to 3DS.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,905
Tokyo
#81
I don't know what the US eShop looks like in terms of available software, but I would like to remind people that "Games I don't play and are less that 15$" is not the definition of shovelware. I highly doubt there is even 50 true shovelware games on there.
 
Oct 29, 2017
3,057
#83
The 3DS eShop got absolutely terrible support for a system that was so successful; probably the worst of any digital store ever, reletive to its lifespan and platform success. In North America, there are currently 434 3DS download excluisve games; not actually that far off of the DSiWare service, which had 213 games in total in the US and had a much, MUCH smaller userbase (and was replaced by the 3DS after just a couple of years or so!)

I'd love to see how the first year (and second year seperately) of retail releases compares between the two consoles (I'd bet that the scenario looks a lot more favourable for the 3DS than it does when we include download only releases...).
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,876
#84
has the eshop reached lower lows than the sony store(black tiger, trophy puzzle game etc)?
Not that I'm aware of. There's nothing as bad as Skylight Freerange on Switch.

No one shitposts about shovelware on PS4 though.

Hell Switch is getting shit for some ecchi games, pretty much all of which have been appearing on Vita/PS4 for years.
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,766
#86
I'd like to point out that the 3DS had basically the weakest third party support of any Nintendo handheld. At best, it was on par with the better of Nintendo's post-SNES consoles (GameCube and Wii), at worst, it was a massive step back from its predecessors. No major western support at all, lackluster indie support, even Japanese support was lacking in a lot of areas. I love the 3DS, but it's much more of a Nintendo box than people like to admit. It's no surprise the Switch is on track to surpass it in such a short amount of time. It actually has reliable support across the board, not just from a few close friends (Capcom, Square, Atlus)
 
Oct 26, 2017
2,399
Georgia, US
#89
I'll wait for someone to list at least 100 shovelware on Switch eshop, then we'll talk.

As for now, I'll say the future is good for Switch.
1-2-Switch
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
36 Fragments of Midnight
Ambition of the Slimes
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Blazing Star
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Crossed Swords
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - The King of Fighters ‘94
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Metal Slug
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Neo Turf Masters
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Shock Troopers
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Waku Waku 7
Astro Bears Party
Astro Duel Deluxe
Blaster Master Zero
Behind the Screen
Bloxiq
The Bridge
Bulb Boy
Clusterpuck 99
Dark Witch: Music Episode - Rudymical
Detective Gallo
Die for Valhalla
Double Dragon IV
Earthworms
Energy Balance
Energy Cycle
Energy Invasion
Fernz Gate
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition
Flip Wars
Flipover Frog
Flood of Light
Grid Mania
Guilt Battle Arena
Mighty Gunvolt Burst
Hacky Zack
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern
Human Resource Machine
Implosion
Inversus
Jumping Joe! & Friends
Kamiko
Kero Blaster
Kid Tripp
King Oddball
Knight Terrors
The Low Road
Mad Carnage
Metropolis: Lux Obscura
My Farm 2018
The Mummy Demastered
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
Night Trap
Nuclien
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator
Othello
Oxenfree
Pan-Pan: A Tiny Big Adventure
Physical Contact: 2048
Physical Contact: Picture Place
Physical Contact: Speed
Picross S
Pinball FX 3
Qbics Paint
Red Game Without a Great Name
Green Game: TimeSwapper
Retro City Rampage: DX
Serial Cleaner
Shantae: ½-Genie Hero
Shephy
Sigi
Skylanders: Imaginators
Sky Ride
Slam Land
Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together!
Subara Cirty
The Sparkle 2: EVO
Space Ribbon
Spectrum
Stern Pinball Arcade
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot
Star Story
Tactical Mind
Tennis in the Face
Thimbleweed Park
Tiny Hands Adventure
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle
Tower of Babel
Ultra Hyperball
Unholy Heights
VOEZ
VSR: Void Space Racing
Vroom in the Night Sky
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe
World of Goo
Zombie Gold Rush

There ya go. Fight me.
 
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Monkeyball

Alt Account
Member
Aug 19, 2018
725
#92
*turns on Switch*

*gets lost and overwhelmed in eshop*

*turns off Switch*

Is the eshop bad or is it me, I would like to know what to buy but eh.
 
Jan 27, 2018
98
#94
1-2-Switch
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
36 Fragments of Midnight
Ambition of the Slimes
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Blazing Star
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Crossed Swords
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - The King of Fighters ‘94
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Metal Slug
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Neo Turf Masters
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Shock Troopers
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Waku Waku 7
Astro Bears Party
Astro Duel Deluxe
Blaster Master Zero
Behind the Screen
Bloxiq
The Bridge
Bulb Boy
Clusterpuck 99
Dark Witch: Music Episode - Rudymical
Detective Gallo
Die for Valhalla
Double Dragon IV
Earthworms
Energy Balance
Energy Cycle
Energy Invasion
Fernz Gate
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition
Flip Wars
Flipover Frog
Flood of Light
Grid Mania
Guilt Battle Arena
Mighty Gunvolt Burst
Hacky Zack
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern
Human Resource Machine
Implosion
Inversus
Jumping Joe! & Friends
Kamiko
Kero Blaster
Kid Tripp
King Oddball
Knight Terrors
The Low Road
Mad Carnage
Metropolis: Lux Obscura
My Farm 2018
The Mummy Demastered
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
Night Trap
Nuclien
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator
Othello
Oxenfree
Pan-Pan: A Tiny Big Adventure
Physical Contact: 2048
Physical Contact: Picture Place
Physical Contact: Speed
Picross S
Pinball FX 3
Qbics Paint
Red Game Without a Great Name
Green Game: TimeSwapper
Retro City Rampage: DX
Serial Cleaner
Shantae: ½-Genie Hero
Shephy
Sigi
Skylanders: Imaginators
Sky Ride
Slam Land
Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together!
Subara Cirty
The Sparkle 2: EVO
Space Ribbon
Spectrum
Stern Pinball Arcade
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot
Star Story
Tactical Mind
Tennis in the Face
Thimbleweed Park
Tiny Hands Adventure
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle
Tower of Babel
Ultra Hyperball
Unholy Heights
VOEZ
VSR: Void Space Racing
Vroom in the Night Sky
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe
World of Goo
Zombie Gold Rush

There ya go. Fight me.
Some of those games are close to being the best games on the system, let alone shovelware. Voez is a classic.
 
Oct 25, 2017
164
#95
1-2-Switch
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
36 Fragments of Midnight
Ambition of the Slimes
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Blazing Star
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Crossed Swords
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - The King of Fighters ‘94
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Metal Slug
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Neo Turf Masters
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Shock Troopers
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Waku Waku 7
Astro Bears Party
Astro Duel Deluxe
Blaster Master Zero
Behind the Screen
Bloxiq
The Bridge
Bulb Boy
Clusterpuck 99
Dark Witch: Music Episode - Rudymical
Detective Gallo
Die for Valhalla
Double Dragon IV
Earthworms
Energy Balance
Energy Cycle
Energy Invasion
Fernz Gate
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition
Flip Wars
Flipover Frog
Flood of Light
Grid Mania
Guilt Battle Arena
Mighty Gunvolt Burst
Hacky Zack
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern
Human Resource Machine
Implosion
Inversus
Jumping Joe! & Friends
Kamiko
Kero Blaster
Kid Tripp
King Oddball
Knight Terrors
The Low Road
Mad Carnage
Metropolis: Lux Obscura
My Farm 2018
The Mummy Demastered
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
Night Trap
Nuclien
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator
Othello
Oxenfree
Pan-Pan: A Tiny Big Adventure
Physical Contact: 2048
Physical Contact: Picture Place
Physical Contact: Speed
Picross S
Pinball FX 3
Qbics Paint
Red Game Without a Great Name
Green Game: TimeSwapper
Retro City Rampage: DX
Serial Cleaner
Shantae: ½-Genie Hero
Shephy
Sigi
Skylanders: Imaginators
Sky Ride
Slam Land
Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together!
Subara Cirty
The Sparkle 2: EVO
Space Ribbon
Spectrum
Stern Pinball Arcade
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot
Star Story
Tactical Mind
Tennis in the Face
Thimbleweed Park
Tiny Hands Adventure
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle
Tower of Babel
Ultra Hyperball
Unholy Heights
VOEZ
VSR: Void Space Racing
Vroom in the Night Sky
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe
World of Goo
Zombie Gold Rush

There ya go. Fight me.
You don`t know what "shovelware" means
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,529
#97
1-2-Switch
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
36 Fragments of Midnight
Ambition of the Slimes
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Blazing Star
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Crossed Swords
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - The King of Fighters ‘94
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Metal Slug
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Neo Turf Masters
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Shock Troopers
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Waku Waku 7
Astro Bears Party
Astro Duel Deluxe
Blaster Master Zero
Behind the Screen
Bloxiq
The Bridge
Bulb Boy
Clusterpuck 99
Dark Witch: Music Episode - Rudymical
Detective Gallo
Die for Valhalla
Double Dragon IV
Earthworms
Energy Balance
Energy Cycle
Energy Invasion
Fernz Gate
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition
Flip Wars
Flipover Frog
Flood of Light
Grid Mania
Guilt Battle Arena
Mighty Gunvolt Burst
Hacky Zack
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern
Human Resource Machine
Implosion
Inversus
Jumping Joe! & Friends
Kamiko
Kero Blaster
Kid Tripp
King Oddball
Knight Terrors
The Low Road
Mad Carnage
Metropolis: Lux Obscura
My Farm 2018
The Mummy Demastered
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
Night Trap
Nuclien
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator
Othello
Oxenfree
Pan-Pan: A Tiny Big Adventure
Physical Contact: 2048
Physical Contact: Picture Place
Physical Contact: Speed
Picross S
Pinball FX 3
Qbics Paint
Red Game Without a Great Name
Green Game: TimeSwapper
Retro City Rampage: DX
Serial Cleaner
Shantae: ½-Genie Hero
Shephy
Sigi
Skylanders: Imaginators
Sky Ride
Slam Land
Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together!
Subara Cirty
The Sparkle 2: EVO
Space Ribbon
Spectrum
Stern Pinball Arcade
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot
Star Story
Tactical Mind
Tennis in the Face
Thimbleweed Park
Tiny Hands Adventure
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle
Tower of Babel
Ultra Hyperball
Unholy Heights
VOEZ
VSR: Void Space Racing
Vroom in the Night Sky
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe
World of Goo
Zombie Gold Rush

There ya go. Fight me.
Shovelware
 
Oct 28, 2017
2,433
#99
1-2-Switch
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
36 Fragments of Midnight
Ambition of the Slimes
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Blazing Star
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Crossed Swords
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - The King of Fighters ‘94
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Metal Slug
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Neo Turf Masters
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Shock Troopers
Arcade Archives: NEO-GEO - Waku Waku 7
Astro Bears Party
Astro Duel Deluxe
Blaster Master Zero
Behind the Screen
Bloxiq
The Bridge
Bulb Boy
Clusterpuck 99
Dark Witch: Music Episode - Rudymical
Detective Gallo
Die for Valhalla
Double Dragon IV
Earthworms
Energy Balance
Energy Cycle
Energy Invasion
Fernz Gate
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition
Flip Wars
Flipover Frog
Flood of Light
Grid Mania
Guilt Battle Arena
Mighty Gunvolt Burst
Hacky Zack
Heroes of the Monkey Tavern
Human Resource Machine
Implosion
Inversus
Jumping Joe! & Friends
Kamiko
Kero Blaster
Kid Tripp
King Oddball
Knight Terrors
The Low Road
Mad Carnage
Metropolis: Lux Obscura
My Farm 2018
The Mummy Demastered
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
Night Trap
Nuclien
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator
Othello
Oxenfree
Pan-Pan: A Tiny Big Adventure
Physical Contact: 2048
Physical Contact: Picture Place
Physical Contact: Speed
Picross S
Pinball FX 3
Qbics Paint
Red Game Without a Great Name
Green Game: TimeSwapper
Retro City Rampage: DX
Serial Cleaner
Shantae: ½-Genie Hero
Shephy
Sigi
Skylanders: Imaginators
Sky Ride
Slam Land
Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out, Together!
Subara Cirty
The Sparkle 2: EVO
Space Ribbon
Spectrum
Stern Pinball Arcade
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot
Star Story
Tactical Mind
Tennis in the Face
Thimbleweed Park
Tiny Hands Adventure
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle
Tower of Babel
Ultra Hyperball
Unholy Heights
VOEZ
VSR: Void Space Racing
Vroom in the Night Sky
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Woodle Tree Adventures Deluxe
World of Goo
Zombie Gold Rush

There ya go. Fight me.
That's a joke post, right?
 
Oct 27, 2017
3,557
That really doesn't seem right... how much stuff is on the eshop now?
I'm not at the Switch right now, but it's around 980 for the NA eShop, about 960 on the EU eShop, and considerably less on the Japanese eShop.

The NA eShop is expected to pass 1,000 games before the end of August, while the EU eShop reaches that in September.