Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty was a treat. It successfully resurrected a bygone classic, and even though it had some control issues at launch, the team eventually came back around with a massive patch that addressed them. Yes, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning and his team Oddworld Inhabitants (who worked with developer Just Add Water for New ‘n’ Tasty) earned some good will, but he has some choice words for Nintendo at the moment.
Speaking to Kinda Funny, Lanning states that he has “no faith,” in the Switch, due to “experience,” and having seen how the Wii and Wii U played out. To clarify the condemnation of the former he explains that both consoles weren’t successful for third parties, and that Nintendo ended up making all the money at the end of their runs. He experienced this with what he claims is lackluster promotion for New ‘n’ Tasty on the Wii U.
While praises that it’s mobile he doesn’t think people are going to go through the effort to work on an “under-powered console” (a sentiment THQ Nordic shares), and that in conjunction with their alleged efforts to ignore third parties to better themselves, it’ll end up hurting studios.
It’s something a lot of developers are struggling with right now — whether or not to call out Nintendo after the Wii U situation. The Switch is doing great so you don’t want to burn that bridge, but some studios have claimed that even after they’ve tried to make games for it Nintendo hasn’t reciprocated. If more developers aren’t willing to speak out like this and share their opinions we’ll continue to be in the dark.