The NX: Nintendo’s NeXt Big Play

Nintendo has a fantastic history. With a rich library of games and mascots that we all recognize, from Mario to Samus, from Olimar to Kirby many of us have very fond memories with our favorite Nintendo systems. For me, the GameCube will always be a system that holds many fond memories.

We’re standing at the cusp of Nintendo’s next big system and I hope this one will be a game changer. After the Wii U Nintendo really has to prove that they are still in it to win it. The Wii U is a great system which has many great qualities and features, but Nintendo truly missed the mark on advertising the system to the consumer. Holding on to the name “Wii” in the title proved to be a vital mistake. At the point of the WiiU’s release the consumer had grown tired of the movement based gaming of the Wii. After both Sony and Microsoft follwed suit with the “active” gaming playstyle everyone wanted to go back to sitting and playing. Including myself. Having worked in the video game retailer at the time of its release most people were confused as to what the WiiU even was and many still are. The console has produced some fantastic games like Super Mario 3-D World, the New Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and Pikmin 3 just to name a few. But it’s easy to see a problem there since even though these are just a sampling of the strong games on the system, what’s missing? There’s almost no third-party support on the WiiU. Sure, there have been a few solid entries such as Rayman Legends being a fantastic third-party game, still that is one of very few and even it was supposed to be exclusive, but it was changed to multi console before the game was even released. That is one of the big things that needs to change with the NX.

At this point we still know very little about the console, but hopefully that will be changing within the next few weeks with the supposed March release date creeping up quickly. What we do know we’ve learned mostly from rumors flying about the last few months.

If rumors are to be believed, it’s going to be a hybrid home console and handheld console. That alone could be a big sales point. With the rise of mobile gaming people like things that they can bring with them for ease of play, but people still want to have the ability to play their Call of Dutys, their Maddens, their Marios and their Zeldas. This could be a huge opportunity for a gamer to be able to do both whether they are at home or sitting in traffic, and that is a fantastic concept.

A few developers at this point have said that there is a lot of hope in the NX. Ubisoft is one of them. As a company, they have always been a fan of new technology and they’re saying that this is one of the most unique consoles they’ve seen in a long time and are excited for what it will bring to the industry. Nintendo’s longtime partner in development Gamefreak/The Pokémon company have said the same thing. It’s very positive to see that developers are excited about what Nintendo is bringing to the stage. Not to mention the impressive launch titles that have been rumored such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a Mario, a Pokémon and possibly even a Smash Bros game within the first few months of the launch. It could have the strongest launch lineup of a Nintendo Console ever. But none of that will matter if they cannot get third-party support and bring in the consumer who sees Nintendo as nothing more than a system for kids.   In this day and age that cannot be a thing and they hopefully recognize that. That does not mean that they cannot continue to make their family friendly games, the titles that have made them a staple in the video game industry, but rather they just need to make sure that the system has a wide range of accessibility, much like they did with the original Wii, but with more longevity. As a long time, hard-core Nintendo fan the next few months are both an exciting and a scary time. If the NX fails it could be the end of Nintendo as a home console developer, which I would hate to see and I’m sure many share that same sentiment. But on the other hand, if they succeed then it easily cements themselves back into the race of the top game developers and home console developers and proves why they have been a cornerstone of the gaming industry. I, for one, have much faith that they can pull this off and look forward to the upcoming news on the NX.

Keep checking in for updated news and information on Nintendo’s new console.
From as early as he can remember, Krispy has been a gamer. From the Super Mario Bros 3 on NES to Destiny on PS4 he has been running, jumping, and button smashing across worlds on most major consoles. A few of his favorite games are Super Metroid, Earthbound, and the Uncharted series.

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