Stardock CEO: We Probably Won’t Be Supporting Switch But It Doesn’t Need 3rd Party Support To Succeed

“Nintendo, is a great market for Nintendo, but I haven’t seen a lot of huge hits made by non Nintendo studios.”

Posted By | On 21st, Apr. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


The Nintendo Switch is an interesting device- it is primarily a handheld that also has video output, making it a console/handheld hybrid. And yet, it is priced and marketed as a console. Therefore, even though it actually has reasonably powerful capabilities, and extensive third party support in handheld terms, as a console, it comes up short on both of those fronts.

But according to Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock, it doesn’t need either of those to ultimately succeed in the market. Speaking to GamingBolt in an exclusive interview, Wardell said that Nintendo’s success is independent of whether or not third parties choose to support them.

“Nintendo doesn’t arguably need third party,” Wardell said. “You think about the Mario games, Zelda, I mean, there’s plenty there. I mean, if it was a $1000 game system, maybe I’d care. But as it stands now, there is plenty to play with on the Switch, that’s just fine.”

Ultimately, he did say that Stardock will not be supporting the Switch, however- it’s too weak, and he isn’t sure that there is a market for third party games on the system to begin with. “No, [we] probably [will] not [support the Switch]. It’s too different than any of the others, and there isn’t a lot of- I haven’t seen a lot of third party success stories on the more recent Nintendo hardware. Nintendo, is a great market for Nintendo, but I haven’t seen a lot of huge hits made by non Nintendo studios.”

So in the end, it sounds like Wardell expects the Switch to be successful- but on the back of Nintendo’s own games, and not third party support. Given that Nintendo has released critically acclaimed games like Zelda and Mario Kart on it, and that the Switch continues to break sales records, maybe he is on to something- maybe that is the strategy that Nintendo will be pursuing this time around. It should be interesting to see in any case.


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  • Michael Tompson

    With all due respect Mr Wardell, what makes a successful console is not only Nintendo based games but a wide diversity of all games including those from third party developers. Third party content had played a big role in Nintendo ever since the NES or Super Nintendo’s inception (before the Wii) & if they subvert the offering of third party titles then they’ll end up back to square 1 with the Wii U. Not only did it fail due to the lack of third party support but lackluster Hardware specs & it was too late to stay in league with Microsoft & Sony because the PS4 & Xbox One were on their way a year later. If your not in favour to porting games on the switch, that’s fine with me, but that doesn’t mean it hints out a way to convince third party developers for not porting theirs. If the 3DS, PlayStation & Xbox only consisted of games made by their parent companies that manufactured their consoles then they would’ve crashed & burned aswell.

  • stopbeingafanboy

    Well..he is not totally wrong, is he?

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  • Stealth

    Who are they? No clue who thi dev even is. 6 indie games have already said how successful the switch versions have been. Bomberman? Most successful bomberman. Guy is a moron. Third parties are successful on Switch already

    • funsohng

      Guys behind Sins of the Solar Empire, Galactic Civilizations series, Ashes of Singularity, and Fallen Enchantress.

      Pretty much the small Firaxis for strategy gamers.

    • Stealth

      Oh, A PC studio.

  • Psionicinversion

    Wardell… the switch doesnt need 3rd party support to succeed.

    lmao guess hes never heard of the WiiU!!!

  • Warshade

    His company makes Pc games they don’t normally touch consoles let alone hand helds.

  • J.j. Barrington

    He’s right about one thing, though: not often does a non-Nintendo game make it big on a Nintendo console.

    • Marciajlinker

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    • NTDOJTSU

      Of course you don’t because they don’t exist.

  • Mavericks

    History repeats itself.

    • Chico Maroto

      A pc studio. I bet you not even tried googled their games

    • Mavericks

      No, I actually know the company, I own software by them.

      Many devs saying they love Switch but they don’t have plans for it, like Titanfall.

  • LoadOut

    Stardock practically never makes console game it pointless to ask them about switch when they never create game for playstation or xbox.

  • NTDOJTSU

    PC elitist says some things about Nintendo so people can give him his 15 minutes of fame. :yawn:

  • fox_whisper85

    Wow, who pissed in this moron’s cereal?

  • azoreseuropa

    That’s okay.. Who are you Stardock ? We never heard of you before. So go somewhere else. Nintendo Switch still need 3rd party to succeed. You are silly, Stardock!

  • Stardock wow they still exist :O
    The real reason they shouldn’t release games on the Switch is that noone would buy their games. They are mediocre


 

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