Why do people buy consoles at launch if they aren’t happy with the software lineup?


Two weeks ago, I watched a popular YouTube personality throw an embarrassing temper tantrum on Twitter about the lack of games on the Nintendo Switch. His major gripe was that he didn’t purchase a Switch to play Wii U ports like Breath of the Wild, Lego City Undercover, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

“I didn’t buy a Switch to play old games! I bought it to play brand new games! I already have a Wii U that can play these games!” he shouted at the top of his lungs.

This individual wasn’t some uninformed shopper who lacked basic knowledge and understanding of Nintendo’s upcoming products. This was a person who followed Nintendo news on a daily basis, watched all of Nintendo’s Directs, and ran a YouTube channel dedicated to discussing Nintendo. He knew exactly what Nintendo’s software release schedule was between March through June.

But if you knew what games were releasing during the first six months of launch, and you’re not satisfied with that lineup, then why did you purchase the Switch now? I’ll never understand people who purchase consoles at launch — who claim to be knowledgeable and well-informed about video games — and then spend the entire year complaining about the software lineup being weak.

Do these people get sucked in by the launch hype, or are they just simply assholes?

When I spoke to this individual, I politely explained that these ports are for the millions of consumers who purchased a 3DS or PS4 but missed out on the Wii U. He responded to me in an angry fashion: “If those Wii U games didn’t sell the Wii U, then those Wii U games won’t sell the Switch either!”

But here’s the funny thing.

This argument has already been proven wrong multiple times.

Two Wii U ports — Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — are currently driving the Switch’s commercial success at the moment. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been the #1 best selling game on Amazon for the past month.