The Nintendo Switch Released More Games In 2019 Than PS4 And Xbox One Combined But Theres A Catch – Forbes

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According to the NPDs Mat Piscatella, over 1,480 games were released on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Thats over 400 more than the combined total of released video games on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last year.

The PlayStation 4 had just over 600 releases and the Xbox One saw just over 400. As you can see, the Nintendo Switch blew both systems out of the water in terms of sheer numbers.

This averages out to 4 new games released every single day of 2019.

This is certainly a marker of success. Its also a stark contrast to Nintendos previous console, the Wii U. But even compared to the wildly successful Wii, the Nintendo Switchs software release count is off the charts:

Thats remarkable. But theres a catchor rather, there are some important pieces to this puzzle that deserve consideration.

For one thing, many Nintendo Switch releases are ports from other systems. Many of the Nintendo Switch games that came out in 2019 had already released on PS4 and Xbox One and PC. Theres nothing wrong with thatit means that developers have enough faith in the Nintendo Switch that theyre willing to port games to it, something that the Wii U struggled with in a very big way.

So were seeing some truly incredible ports like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Cuphead make their way to the Switch, which is terrific. It just also means that these games are releasing for the first time on the Switch while theyve been out for years on PS4 and Xbox One. Even Nintendo has been porting its old Wii U games to the Switch, giving them a second, and much-deserved, chance at life.

The other piece of the puzzle is shovelware. There is a ton of shovelware on the Nintendo Switchs eShop. Im not talking about quality indie farethere are a ton of great indie games alsobut rather ports of cheap mobile games and the like. Nintendo has not done a terribly good job at filtering content, and the eShop is starting to resemble Steam and its pantheon of crap.

Quality is the flipside to the quantity coin, after all. Theres no doubt that this is a sign of success, but even so having a digital storefront littered with shovelware poses its own problems for both Nintendo and consumers.

In the end, its a good problem to have. Better to have too much content than too little, after all. Im curious to see what happens in 2020 as Nintendo and third parties really start to catch up on quality ports and the Switch has to rely more and more on new content going forward. New content and shovelware, that is.

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