Nintendo’s NX Needs Games, Not Gimmicks

Hey Poor Player's Francis DiPersio writes - "All signs seem to point to Nintendo’s next piece of hardware, currently known as the Nintendo NX, releasing later this year. While there are plenty of people who would agree that the time is right for Nintendo to shift their focus from the foundering Wii U, which has struggled to keep pace with the competition from the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One despite its year-long head start this console generation, recent language from Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has me worried that the longtime console manufacturer could be doomed to repeat the same mistakes as its recent predecessors."

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derkasan3054d ago

Agreed. I really like the Classic Controller for the Wii U - wish they'd go with a controller like that for the next system.

dead_pixels3054d ago

I just wish Nintendo would stick with making great games rather than pigeonholing themselves with awkward peripherals and hardware that scares away third party support.

BrickHardcastle3054d ago

Gotta agree there. Also some more first party games that aren't aimed just at the "family friendly" market might be good for enticing older gamers.

never4get3054d ago

Add Steam or Nintendo home console business would end.

N4g_null3053d ago

If the leaks are true and they are sticking to what I've seen then the gimmick is more games and BC with power to play on both machines.

Other rumors are they are making a super Nintendo Zelda for the anniversary and extending all wiiu games with nintendo TV content.

Lots of news coming down the pipe.

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tamriilin3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

I like a lot of the second- and third-year Wii u games, and that's what those are mostly -- games first. Sm3dw, Mario kart, bayonetta... And 2015 was an astounding year for the Wii u. Let's just hope Nintendo understands what people really like about their games.

Stealth20k3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

Do you know what we need? Real articles that understand the difference between features and gimmicks.

Star Fox was the first game to have rumble. Was that a gimmick? Zelda had a save feature, was that a gimmick? Kirby Canvas Curse used the touch screen, was that a gimmick?

Features that are used in games are not gimmicks. Thank god Nintendo ignores articles like this and the people on this site.

dead_pixels3054d ago

I have a lot of trouble identifying waggle and manically tapping superfluous touch screens features.

Concertoine3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

And yet both touch screens and motion controls are supported every platform this gen, and dont seem to be going anywhere.

And please describe any game where one has to "maniacally tap superfluous touch screens"

dead_pixels3054d ago

What? Neither the Xbox One or Playstation 4 use touch screens. The PS4's touch pad is hardly the same thing as a touch screen.

If you think for one minute no 3DS or Wii U games have unecessarily implemented shoddy touch controls then I don't know what to tell you.

Concertoine3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

Well the PS4 doesn't (although i could reach and point out the remote play gimmick which uses touch screen controls), but the Vita does have that touch screen gimmick, and the Xbox One has the SmartGlass gimmick.

And no, don't ignore my question by asking me why i don't know your answers. I want to know what Nintendo games have bad touch screen controls. Note: Nintendo games.

Although motion controls took a while to get rolling, hardly anyone argues that the 2nd screen/touch screen was a pointless introduction by the DS. Instant access to menus, maps, etc. made for a seamless experience that almost everyone enjoys.

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superchiller3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

No, the article is on point; all recent Nintendo hardware has had gimmicks cobbled into them, to try to entice people to buy. 2nd screen on DS/3DS, waggle controls on Wii, 3D effect on 3DS, and gamepad controller for Wii U, we're all gimmicks that failed to deliver a better gaming experience (but instead resulted in inferior base hardware in every case).

If the NX follows the same pattern as their previous gaming hardware, they're done in the gaming hardware business.

user89668283054d ago

Sorry to disappoint you but Nintendo is not going anywhere

deafdani3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

Was rumble a gimmick? Yes.
Was save feature a gimmick? Yes.
Was touch screen a gimmick? Yes.

Here's the thing. A gimmick isn't necessarily a bad thing. People need to understand what the word gimmick really means. It's thrown around in a negative light waaaaay too often by many people here, including yourself.

Here's the full meaning of the word, according to Merriam-Webster:

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Full Definition of gimmick
a : a mechanical device for secretly and dishonestly controlling gambling apparatus
b : an ingenious or novel mechanical device

a : an important feature that is not immediately apparent
b : an ingenious and usually new scheme or angle
c : a trick or device used to attract business or attention <a marketing gimmick>

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If you pay attention, you will see that those features you listed above fall under one or more of that criteria.

superchiller3054d ago

Everyone knows what gimmick means in reference to Nintendo's products. You have it right there in your definition:

2c : a trick or device used to attract business or attention <a marketing gimmick>

deafdani3053d ago

Leave it to superchiller to cherry pick one of the various meanings of the word and twist it into something negative against Nintendo.

How predictable.

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Coachkeys3054d ago

A Metroid or Zelda NX bundle would sell amazingly.

gleepot3054d ago

I don't know about a Metroid bundle. Metroid has a devout fan base sure, but it's never ever been a system seller, let alone a huge seller.