Readers Notes: How NX Can Be Successful For Nintendo

Fils-Aime in the first amiibo sizzle reel for Smash Bros. Wii U

The upcoming of Nintendo hardware draws near. As time is ticking, the release of it it’s just one step closer than ever before. Nintendo has announced that they have intentions of releasing it worldwide in March 2017. The questions remain whether or not the next peripheral will be a handheld or a console. With conformation of NX not having a presence at E3 this year, the questions draws to fans and investors alike, what will NX be and when will we be able to see it before the galore of our eyes?

Current President of Nintendo, Mr. Kimishima has assured fans that their next product will not be a “successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS” but rather meant to be a new way to play and experience games. How this will play out is yet to be seen.

“It’s a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact than the Wii U, but I don’t feel it’s a pure replacement for the Wii U.” – Kimishima, President of Nintendo

This quote surely strikes some questions into mind. When Kimishima mentions that it won’t be a successor to neither current generation of portable and home consoles, is it possible that both of these pillars can be brought together into one to form a hybrid? Depending on how the company takes the issue of having the costs of manufacturing to the profit it can make out of it, it may not be so out of the realm. Would making the hybrid finally be able to stop the suffering from the development teams working on software. Teams must move onto different projects, sometimes from 3DS to Wii U, Wii U to 3DS, or both at the same time. With these two teams be able to come together, how could it benefit them?

Let’s take a look at how NX can be successful not only to it’s consumers and fans, but to developers, investors, and even those on the brink of wanting to jump on board with the NX for the future. Let’s begin shall we?


 

Market it to a different demographic

One of the Wii U’s biggest struggles was having customers not knowing the system was different from the original Wii and making older audiences to buy their games. When the system was launched, many of the adverts were aimed at families, bringing them as a whole and being to play all together. One of the few primal example of more mature games marketed for the system was Bayonetta 2. Hack and slash to kill enemies with a killer voice narrator to make the viewer more enticed to the Wii U exclusive. The other more ‘mature’ games for the system either went unnoticed (no TV spots) or not mentioned at all. Wii U desperately needs older consumers to get on board with NX. Simply marketing to a ‘younger audience’ won’t do it anymore.


The Controller

It’s safe to agree the Game Pad went highly unused to it’s maximum potential. The Game Pad was tremendous in size for a controller. With it’s size came the extra screen, which could be used in some games to play the game on the Game Pad instead of the actual controller or use it for the liking such as inventory. The last time Nintendo developed a normal controller was during the GameCube days (one analog stick, really?) and even that could me argued about not being close to the Xbox/PS2 design. For this generation, the Big N needs to concentrate to make a more traditional controller instead of having lots of gimmicks to it. You want it to feel comfortable for users who are costumed to Xbox One/PS4 scheme, but yet make it have that one thing that separates it completely from the competition. How cool would it be if your NX controller monitor could read your heart rate through your palms and make games play out depending on your heartbeat?

This could mean rhythm based games background music could play either faster or slow down depending on how comfortable your body is reacting. Resident Evil? How about having it spawning zombies at places where you wouldn’t expect cause you’re about to shed into tears? Obviously it might be a long shot, but just like Virtual Reality, it could be a game changer if used properly.


Make Porting Games Easy

The reason why developers didn’t make as many games for the Wii U past the first year was because of it’s system architecture. The Wii U was similar to the Xbox 360 in terms of coding, but when developers starting receiving dev kits for Xbox One and Playstation 4, it made bringing their games even harder since the Wii U didn’t support X64 as the industry leading consoles do. Nintendo can remind us about the good old days where every system needed individual development by a separate team for a multi-platform release. (OpenGL anybody?) If the NX supports Unreal Engine 4, I can assure 3rd party games will become a lot easier.


Sharing The Game Experience

In today’s modern gaming atmosphere, sharing what we play and how we play has become more accessible than ever. With capture cards and even the ability to go live in current-gen hardware, if Nintendo wants it’s fans and developers to flagship not only current console owners, but one’s that might become potential customers, they will need to make live streaming a big deal. Having to ability to go live on YouTube or Twitch on every game will do it. Not saying it needs to be the most complicated program available, but make it easy to export certain aspects you would be able to do on a PC. Possibly through the use of an USB stick be able to add border layouts you could have made in Photoshop. Of course, adding a 3.0 port through the use of an external capture card to make the input delay more minimal. Additionally, being able to share snippets of videos and photos on social media website like Twitter and Facebook will help market the games the console play’s by virtually not spending an extra dime on social media.

With the use of an Elgato capture card, you can record and live stream your content to various sites such as Twitch and YouTube.


Battery Life

You can have the most beautiful and cutting edge technology in the market, but what good does it do if the battery life won’t last long enough in order for customers to feel satisfied with a gaming session they’ve had? With NX to be rumored to be a hybrid of a handheld and home console, being able to sustain a long battery life on a train, bus, or even plane would be spectacular. We know NX will be getting The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sometime during the machine’s early lifetime. Exploring a vast mountain and you see the red light of death? That would be unfortunate. Of course, having a machine at full brightness and max settings makes a machine’s battery shorter, but hopefully even on mid-tier settings, the NX can sustain a more acceptable battery life compared to the 3DS. In fact, the Wii U is the most efficient console in terms of electricity


Don’t Overprice It

Big problem that the company has had. Suffering from price points that made new customers wanting to access the machine made it difficult to make the final decision of purchasing one of their products. Every company that sells products of course wants their products to make a return when selling it, but thing’s don’t always work out as planned out. In 2011, the original Nintendo 3DS launched for a whopping $249.99, a price that is out of the roof if you consider the size and the raw power the machine could produce. 6 months later, the handheld price point was slashed by 80 dollars. Something unprecedented within the early lifetime of a game machine. Thankfully. the 3DS has had a long way since then to recover and has gone on to become the best selling machine this generation handheld wise. In fact, a even more affordable model was introduced, the 2DS. Although it didn’t play content in 3D and no hinges, the handheld was a great entry point for people who didn’t want to spend to much on hardware. Unfortunately, for the Wii U, it was never quite able to recover from it’s woes. In September 2013, the console dropped from $349.99 to $299.99, a fifty dollar price cut. The console never did rebound from there. The Wii U has not had a lot of big time sellers since launch. Yes, the attach rate for first party games is high for many games, but for the little amount of third-party titles that made it to Wii U, they either fell from abysmal to mediocre in terms of sales. Nintendo, please hear my pleads and don’t make the machine more expensive that it needs to.


Make Games Fun

It’s what you’re best at. The philosophy at the company has always been to make the games produced accessible, fun, and make your money’s worth for them. The charm and charisma a Nintendo title delivers is impeccable. For gamers who grew up as early on the NES, but later went on to purchase an Xbox One and/or Playstation 4 felt the inclination to own a Big N console once again. This generation brought titles like Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and many more that I can list. The games this generation took on was usually the core of the series philosophy, but made them different enough while retaining the charm of the originals to make the games feel new and enjoyable. Just like a fruit in the supermarket, something too old goes to rot. Don’t be the expired apple in the shelf, make yourself diverse and different. If Nintendo can appeal to existing and new owners (whether they consider themselves ‘casual’ or ‘hardcore’) don’t loose your sight on the big picture, make great games that makes not only want owners to play, but great enough to make third parties want to bring games on their platforms to NX.

(Pictured: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker) One of the more refreshing and charming titles of this generation.


That’s all folks! As far as what I believe what could make NX a great piece of hardware, that about wraps it for now. Just to be clear, I do not know any insider information, this is all pure speculation. Whether you and I may share any similar ideas about this topic is to be determined if you so choose to take that route. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog entry, if you have any thoughts on how to make the NX great or don’t agree with one of my thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment in comment section. Additionally, you can also follows us on Twitter if you haven’t done so yet by clicking here.

 

 

 

Rumor: NX Controller Wil Have PS4-Esque D-Pad And A Share Button

The latest rumor regarding Nintendo’s home console currently codenamed as “NX”, will reportedly borrow some design inspiration from the PlayStation 4.

In terms of the controller design, the NX controller will not only have a “split d-pad” but have the option to share your gameplay through a share button implented within the controller.

Let’s Play Gamers is reporting that these features will be in the controller, according to their anonymous sources. As far as sharing goes, it’s being said the share button will let you upload to Miiverse, but as well as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Additionally, you’ll be able to save screenshots or save video to a external device. LPG has sketched out what it might look like.


Here’s a roundup of what other sources like Nintendo Life had to confirm. For more information, keep reading after the break.

Following our report last week regarding the Nintendo NX featuring advanced vibration technology and motion sensing in it’s new Wii Remote replacement controllers, Let’s Play Video Games has learned some additional information regarding the current version of the NX development hardware.

According to anonymous sources that have contacted Let’s Play Video Games following the previous report, we have learned that not only does the current NX development hardware feature a split D-Pad, unlike the solid pads Nintendo typically uses, but that the system also features a share button similar to that on the PS4.

The share button, denoted by a small icon of a camera, will apparently allow the upload of still images and video directly to Miiverse, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. It will also be possible to save images or video to external memory devices for easier transfer to PC.

While the reasoning behind switching to a split D-Pad is currently unclear, the above header image was drawn by a source familiar with the current NX development kit and matches a description of the dev kit layout given by a second source who has provided reliable leaks regarding Nintendo products in the past

Amazon Comes In Agreement With The UK Government To Deliver Items Through Drone Delivery

Shopping at retailers has become lackluster for many shoppers due to inconvenience of leaving their households in order to get the products they want, not to mention the deals you can strike through the World Wide Web. Amazon has big player with it’s two day delivery promise for Prime shipping.

Bigger news is that government in the United Kingdom and Amazon have come in conjunction to allow delivery through drones to deliver your packages. Officially going by the name Amazon Prime Air, it brings you those services mentioned before with the ease of a click. This means you can get your favorite Nintendo games as well as amiibo even faster than ever!

Amazon Prime Air sure looked funny in the past…

Since all this carriage might be a bit to excessive for a stork, we recommend you checking out the video below for those ever-lucky British citizens!

 

Take-Two On NX Support: “We’re Believers”

Take-Two seems optimistic about Nintendo’s code name next generation platform, NX. Take-Two is responsible for publishing multi-million games such as Grand Theft Auto, Bioshock, and Duke Nukem as well as their sports firm 2K Sports, which brings out annual releases for the NBA, NHL, and WWE. When it comes to getting these games into the market, these guys don’t play around.

In a recent interview with Gamesindustry.biz, CEO of Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick shared his comments on Nintendo as a whole, stating that they are never a company to “count out.”

“We’re believers. We never want to count Nintendo out. They do it over and over and over again. So we feel pretty enthusiastic actually,” – CEO of Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick

Continuing from his comments from before, Zelnick mentions the Wii U struggles have not ruled out future support on their upcoming hardware, such as the NX. He also mentions how the Big N not competing in the arms race with Sony and Microsoft, they are not in a major decline, rather “It’s not a slump, it’s intentional”

“It’s not a slump, it’s intentional. They come to market, they do really well, and then they sort of exit the market for a period of time. They’ve been doing it for like 150 years, and that company has been doing the same thing… They’re really thoughtful, they come to market with something they really think is going to work, more often than not it really works, it blows up and then eventually they let it decline and they move on to the next thing. They don’t mind having time in between,”

With Take-Two recent comment, do you believe they will support Nintendo on the NX or is this just bluffing to politely decline making games for it? What games would you like to see on NX? Let us know in the comment section below!

New Zelda Line amiibo Revealed For Breath of the Wild

The interactive toys to life figures we all love our getting a glorified treatment for the new Zelda game; slated for a 2017 release date. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting 3 new amiibo in anticipation of the next Nintendo heavy hitter. The three new amiibo will be available for purchase when launch day comes. Check them out below!


Link (Archer) amiibo photo

Link (Archer)


Link (Rider) amiibo photo

Link (Rider)


Guardian amiibo photo

Guardian

New Zelda Title For Wii U and NX Gets Revealed as “Breath Of The Wild”

During this week’s annual E3 expo in Los Angeles, Nintendo revealed the new name of the upcoming Zelda title for Wii U and NX. The name of the new game will be: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. With the official title being revealed during the a trailer showing some upcoming gameplay elements that would be vital, new, and exciting territories to embark for the Zelda series.

Borrowing gameplay elements from popular series such as Skyrim with the gathering items to help you throughout your journey like wood, food, ect. Instead of reading to what I’m rambling about, why don’t you check out this simply brilliant trailer instead? I promise it’s worth the time.

Rumor: Luigi’s Mansion 3 Coming to Nintendo NX

“Mama-mia! Is this a really a new Luigi’s Mansion Game-a-coming out? Woo-hoo!”

It seems so. A new juicy rumor is suggesting that Luigi’s Mansion 3 might happen for the Nintendo NX. With no official word from Nintendo being said about the NX (besides the existence of it) it should be taken with a grain of salt.

Geno, a person who’s brought up some crazy rumors in the past (some which have even been true) has gave us a little bit of the insider information on the new supposed project coming to the NX.


“Luigi’s Mansion 3 is planned to be Nintendo’s impressive visual launch title. The goal I’ve been told, was when the team at Next Level and EAD Tokyo 2 saw the American commercial for Luigi’s Mansion 2 (aka Dark Moon) their goal was to create something that visually stunning for NX and according to sources they have come “damn close to it” with one saying “it’s going to cause arguments on the internet whether it’s a bullsh*t or not despite us developers knowing you can achieve something like on the current hardware specs”. The game uses a lot of advance lighting techniques to create this “living 3d cartoon movie” look with insanely detailed shadows and transparencies. It also shows off the haptic analog sticks, which will resist when trying to capture ghosts. An AR multiplayer mode is also planned to be in the final version of the game.”


 

It’s a launch title according to Geno, made to show the “impressive” visuals that the NX will offer. Of course, whether you choose to believe this or not is your choice, but the speculation is juicy as always. Be sure to sound off your opinion in the comment section below!

Miyamoto Says Nintendo Will Be ‘More Aggressive’ With It’s IP’S

Shigeru Miyamoto has expressed that Nintendo needs to advocate it’s IP’s by pushing them more to core extents. The company wants to ensure these existing Intellectual Properties don’t get lost and get the attention they deserve. One way the company is practicing this already is through amiibo. What makes us ponder even more is the answer was given when somebody asked Miyamoto on the NX.

“We are going to be far more aggressive in using our IP, and not just stop with licensing, as in the past. The first example is Amiibo. We want our IP to better reach more children, and smart devices is just one vehicle.”

Nintendo Introduces “My Nintendo” and “Nintendo Account”

During yesterday’s Investor Meeting, Nintendo and DeNa both together held a meeting with all it’s investors regarding the future of Nintendo in regards not only to the Wii U, 3DS, and the mysterious NX would bring in the future, but also how the company planned to tackle the mobile space as well.

Two new aspects were introduced that would be planned for the future. Firstly, Nintendo Account, which is the new name for the accounts related to you’re Nintendo hardware. The other is called My Nintendo, which is a membership service that allows you to access within PC, mobile, and other hardware. Here’s the translation given by the Wall Street Journal

“Nintendo’s new membership service will be called “Nintendo Account” — it will connect hardware users, as well as PC and smart device users, Mr. Kimishima says.”