At the time of this posting, the Nintendo Switch is the hottest console on the market. Since its launch in March, it has sold out just about everywhere. In fact, it’s somewhere between 5-6 million consoles sold, which is a little over a million consoles sold a month. And it seems like every day new games are being made or ported to the Switch to cash in on its success. This includes a lot of support from third-party developers like EA. But, they weren’t in love with it at first, apparently.
This is odd to hear, because when the Switch was revealed to the world, Electronic Arts was one of the system’s biggest supporters, even saying that games like FIFA 18 would be coming to the system. But, as Nintendo-Insider revealed, EA Worldwide Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund told EDGE Magazine that at first, when Nintendo showed the Switch to him and EA, they didn’t know what to make of it:
“I’ll be honest, when they first showed it to me years ago, I didn’t get the concept, I was puzzled by it. But then I was like, it’s Nintendo.”
He further admitted that Nintendo knew the potential of the system more than they did, so they gave it a shot, and the results were clear. Söderlund expressed how the Switch tablet barely leaves the hands of his son, and that through this simple change in how to play games, his son will offer to play the game with him.
Söderlund now calls the Nintendo Switch “special” and that’s exactly what it is. It’s a device that breaks the barriers that consoles have always had, and it proves that even the most experienced of industry veterans can’t predict what Nintendo is going to do next. And that’s pretty cool.