The Steam Deck and ROG Ally will soon know what the competition from handheld gaming kings, Nintendo, looks like

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Nintendo is an absolutely overrated company with quirky policies an who have made a craft out of mistreating their fans and franchises.

Personally I don't think lightning will strike twice for them. Switch was a lucky hit precisely because their competitors dozed off. Handheld gaming is back not because of them but despite them. So I don't know what a new Nintendo handheld would need to have to wow the world again but I can tell you what their competitors have: thousands of games that aren't locked behind a razor sharp picket fence.
 

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Nintendo is an absolutely overrated company with quirky policies an who have made a craft out of mistreating their fans and franchises.

Personally I don't think lightning will strike twice for them. Switch was a lucky hit precisely because their competitors dozed off. Handheld gaming is back not because of them but despite them. So I don't know what a new Nintendo handheld would need to have to wow the world again but I can tell you what their competitors have: thousands of games that aren't locked behind a razor sharp picket fence.
Nintendo is certainly not overrated. They are by far the only platform holders that have managed to workout a formula where they have been able to put out a variety of quality games at a steady pace and not fall trap to the endless issues that the AAA-chasing industry is now facing (looking directly at Microsoft and to a lesser degree Sony right now, where they are laying off staff and unable to maintain a steady release of titles). Outside of tiny players like GPD and such, Nintendo were the only major player taking a risk in the broader handheld space with the Switch which was the only major handheld gaming console on the market from 2017 until the Steam Deck arrived (and the 8 year old Switch has continued to outsell the Deck since the Deck's release in 2021, showing how Nintendo's software is capable of propelling their platforms). Much like the Switch, the next system will be dependent on if Nintendo can continue to release games at the same pace and quality that they have on Switch; if they are able to do that, they will have no problem selling the system. This strategy has worked well with all of their previous handheld systems as well (certainly not a case of lightning not hitting twice when Nintendo handhelds have included successes like the Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, DS, 3DS, and now Switch). And this competition will be good because Valve and Nintendo and other gaming companies entering the handheld space will push each other to prevent things from becoming stale.

Also, if consumers do not mind buying Playstations, Xboxs, and iDevices which all have walledgarden eco-systems, then why would they turn away from a similar device from Nintendo.
 

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Nintendo is certainly not overrated. They are by far the only platform holders that have managed to workout a formula where they have been able to put out a variety of quality games at a steady pace and not fall trap to the endless issues that the AAA-chasing industry is now facing (looking directly at Microsoft and to a lesser degree Sony right now, where they are laying off staff and unable to maintain a steady release of titles). Outside of tiny players like GPD and such, Nintendo were the only major player taking a risk in the broader handheld space with the Switch which was the only major handheld gaming console on the market from 2017 until the Steam Deck arrived (and the 8 year old Switch has continued to outsell the Deck since the Deck's release in 2021, showing how Nintendo's software is capable of propelling their platforms). Much like the Switch, the next system will be dependent on if Nintendo can continue to release games at the same pace and quality that they have on Switch; if they are able to do that, they will have no problem selling the system. This strategy has worked well with all of their previous handheld systems as well (certainly not a case of lightning not hitting twice when Nintendo handhelds have included successes like the Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, DS, 3DS, and now Switch). And this competition will be good because Valve and Nintendo and other gaming companies entering the handheld space will push each other to prevent things from becoming stale.

Also, if consumers do not mind buying Playstations, Xboxs, and iDevices which all have walledgarden eco-systems, then why would they turn away from a similar device from Nintendo.
Nah Nintendo hardware is over rate. The only good Nintendo title is a emulated one.
Nintendo will always be the cheap hardware option with expensive software sales. But a parent can buy a child a steam deck and buy their kid 10 games during a steam sale and spend 15$. The worse the world's economy gets the more cheaper options for gaming will become popular.
Nintendo and Valve have nothing in common. Nothing Nintendo makes has anything to do with Valve. Unless it is emulating a Nintendo game at better frame rates.
 

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