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One of the many downfalls of the Nintendo Wii was that it didn’t have any third-party support. Not only was it trying to wholeheartedly capitalise on the tremendous (all be it temperamental) success of the Wii, but it just simply didn’t have many games.
Nintendo’s next piece of hardware, the Nintendo Switch, is looking to address those issues. From what we’ve seen thus far the Switch looks to be a console that is still rooted in the company’s love for portability, but is focusing on gamers and games. One game in particular, however, may not be coming to the Switch at all, and that’s Mass Effect: Andromeda.
“Yeah, not right now, no. We’re not planning on it. If the Switch launches and everyone’s just yammering for Mass Effect, who knows. We never want to close doors like that.”
This might come as quite the blow for those that played Mass Effect 3 on the Wii U. What this, more importantly, implies though is that third-party developers like BioWare aren’t so excited about the Nintendo Switch. Maybe BioWare and other developers alike are waiting to see how well the Switch succeeds in the marketplace before devoting time and resources into making games for the system. We’ll know a lot more about the Switch in just over a weeks time when Nintendo shares more details about the console on 12th January. What we do know now, however, is that the Switch has a promising new IP lined up in the exclusive Seasons of Heavens and that the console may have motion controls.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is expected to launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in Spring 2017.