The NXpress – 7 Things the NX Needs to Succeed

The Nintendo NX.

A sentence which means so much and so little at the same time.

You’ve got to hand it to Nintendo, they really know how to build hype out of nothing.  Take the NX for example… We know absolutely nothing about it and if you do a quick Google search, you’ll find thousands of articles about what should be in it, what people want in it, these patents that got leaked and just hype in general.

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An image of a ‘leaked’ patent of the potential controller for the Nintendo NX.

So… here’s what SHOULD be in the Nintendo NX.  But probably won’t, cause ever since the Nintendo 64, Nintendo have been making really strange decisions.

1) Power

Let’s get this straight out of the boat, if the Nintendo NX isn’t at least as powerful as Sony’s PS4, it’ll have FAILURE written all over it.  Now, you can read all the rumours you want, if it’s sub par to the PS4 then Nintendo WILL HAVE go third party (which is something I believe they should of done before now) no questions asked, if they have any desire to be successful in the video games industry.

Their games will benefit from it, imagine (JUST IMAGINE!!) if the next Legend of Zelda game had the look and scale of a game like The Witcher III, I think I pretty much rest my case with that one, that will have ‘System Seller’ written all over it.

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Screenshot of The Witcher III on PC, imagine if a Zelda game looked and felt like this.

2) Price

If the Nintendo NX isn’t reasonably priced, and when I say reasonably priced I mean they would probably have to take a loss on it at the beginning of the console’s life cycle.  Nintendo have a tonne of money in the bank, they aren’t Google or Facebook or anything but they really need to start digging deep if they seriously want to stay in the console business.

Nintendo claim they aren’t competing directly with Sony and Microsoft but it’s clear that the consumer doesn’t

3) Better Marketing

The marketing for the Wii U was absolutely atrocious, everybody assumes the gamepad was an attachment to the Wii when it was first announced, live at the E3 conference all the press asked each other “So, it’s just an attachment to the Wii?” They should of just called it Wii Too if they wanted to keep the whole ‘Playing together’ thing going, never really got the name Wii, it grew on everybody when the toilet humour died down but the name was lacking an edge you get with Xbox and PlayStation.

People are still confused to this day, I friend of mine messaged me the other day asking me what he needed to play Super Mario Maker a Wii? a Wii U? Both? I had to explain to him. This was a pretty hardcore gamer as well, no casual.

Nintendo need a clear message of what their new machine can do from the get go so everybody from the hardcore crowd to the *clears throat* filthy casuals understand what the machine is capable of.

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The Wii and Wii U logos, caused a great concern when the Wii U was at E3.

4) Third Party Games

As much as we all love Mario and Zelda, to really reel back in the people they lost and new people, Nintendo need a decent amount of third party support and I don’t mean 3 year old ports of games found on other systems (Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition etc.).

In order to see the NX as an essential purchase the average gamer needs to see games like FIFA, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and all other major multi-platform series.  I don’t care how many times Nintendo bang the whole ‘We’re not in direct competition with Microsoft and Sony’ they are selling a video games console, their primary target for a consumer HAS to be gamers. No questions asked.

If the NX isn’t as powerful as the PlayStation 4 and developers are having to ‘downgrade’ their games to suit the NX, we’re going to have the same Wii/Wii U problem which will result in developers probably ditching the NX completely like they did the Wii U.

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Rayman: Legends Wii U box art.

Literally I can’t stress this one enough, people need a reason to buy the NX, third party games are a big factor in most peoples decisions, a few third party exclusives wouldn’t go a miss.  Nintendo can’t afford another Rayman: Legends, which is a brilliant game on the Wii U, Rayman: Legends was supposed to be a Wii U exclusive with Nintendo and Ubisoft agreeing a deal of exclusivity before the Wii U was launched.  Low and behold, the Wii U was released sold poorly, I believe at the time of writing the Wii U has sold 11-12 million units worldwide (PS4 has sold about 34 million worldwide and the Wii U had a year head start), so Ubisoft pulled from the deal and delayed the game about 8 months so they could release the game multi-platform, Nintendo CAN NOT afford this to happen again, like I said before, the machine needs power.

 

5) Trophy/Achievement System

Trophies aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, but I guarantee the second you boot up a game on your console or PC one of the first things you do is check the trophies/achievements, am I right? Well, after you install the day one patch.

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A screenshot of the trophy system on Sony’s PlayStation 4.

I was quite surprised that the Wii U didn’t have a trophy system in place but there are sites all over the web examining trophies, there are YouTube videos which guide you on how to get trophies which have a lot of subscribers, so if trophies aren’t your thing and you don’t care about it, more power to you, but you have to understand that there are people out there that do and they’re growing in numbers as every day goes by.

6) Nintendo ID Accessibility

If there’s one thing that needs an overhaul it’s the Nintendo Network, specifically the Nintendo ID, your Nintendo ID is your gamer tag on your Nintendo systems (Wii U and 3DS) and how the rest of the world sees you online.

The Nintendo Network is free to use, so I won’t get on its back too much, but it’s all over the place.  It’s good you can use your ID cross-platform but when it comes to moving systems like the 3DS.  The 3DS system transfer is the most unfavourable thing about my 3DS, I’ve had 3 of them and when I’ve had to use the 3DS system transfer, it takes the best part of an hour and what it basically does it transfers all of your purchases from the shop from your old 3DS to your new one, whereas on a PC or PlayStation your purchases are saved to your profile on a shop and if you are to get a new system you can just download your purchases again.  Seriously, stuff like this needs to go.

7) Needs to be Announced at a Press Conference (No Nintendo Direct)

We all love Nintendo Directs.  Another thing that Nintendo does that builds hype, Twitter explodes virtually every time that one is announced, every time one is on and after the Direct takes place.

The only problem is when you’re announcing a piece of hardware, you really need to get it into people’s hands and show off what it can do in person.  When they announce it at E3 2016, which in my opinion they will, they really need it at the show floor.

Now, call me a fan boy (I know you probably already had), but Nintendo can literally blow the lid off E3 if they do it right.  They just make the wrong decisions ALL the time, why put cartridges on a console when CD’s are the way forward?  Why leave so many popular franchises dormant for so long (F-Zero, Metroid)?  Why make a system no where near as powerful as its competition and add on a gimmick controller? Well, that last one paid off but you sort of understand what I’m trying to say.

Now, Nintendo CAN blow up E3 and probably won’t because Nintendo.  Remember E3 2004, the Nintendo Gamecube was on its last legs and out of nowhere Nintendo announced The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and the reaction from the crowd was insane….

 

Final Semation

Nintendo NEED another ‘Twilight Princess’ moment, they need to grab E3 by the balls (assuming they’re revealing the NX there) and just for once make the right decisions, when the NX is released, it has to be an affordable machine, it has to be powerful and Jesus Christ it has to have games on it, regardless of what Nintendo thinks about the whole competing with Sony and Microsoft.

Do you want Nintendo to succeed? That is a question that the answer can be somewhat irrelevant, the fact is a healthy Nintendo is good for the games industry and if the NX does fail, they’ll have to go multi-platform like EA and Ubisoft won’t they? Which in my opinion is something that should of happened a long time ago.  Imagine a 3D Mario game on PS4, that game would sell 15 million copies…

Will ANY of this happen?

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see won’t we…

WheelJack xoxo

 

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