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The 5 things Nintendo must nail to make the NX a success

Tom from GamersFTW writes: "As we head towards E3, the rumours regarding Nintendo’s next console – codenamed the NX – are only going to pick up pace. Following the commercial failure of the Wii U, speculation has been rampant about what Nintendo can do to find their mojo once more. Nintendo are not oblivious to this, to the extent that they actually went out of their way to clarify that March’s Nintendo Direct won’t discuss the NX. Regardless, there are a few things that Nintendo must learn from the Wii U. Here are the top five things that Nintendo must nail for the NX to be a success."

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gepugg1578d ago

Nintendo will make sure they succeed with the NX after the launch of the Wii U. They can't cripple themselves like that this time.

wheresmymonkey1578d ago

I think the biggest problem Nintendo might have will be pricing.

Yukes1578d ago

Appreciate it's something that's definitely on everybody's mind, but with all due respect I disagree. As long as it's not ridiculously high, if Nintendo can demonstrate WHY it's priced as it is (i.e. show off the hardware and what it can do), people could be willing to pay a fair whack for the NX. Doesn't necessarily need to be cheap and dirty, in my opinion.

maxleresistant1578d ago

Nintendo cannot price a portable more than 199 and home console more than 299.
It's just how it is.

wonderfulmonkeyman1578d ago

@ Maxleresistant

So let me get this straight...
If my assumption about you wanting Nintendo to make a system with better tech inside is true [a safe assumption since that's what everyone wants from Nintendo at this point], you want them to make a system that's, at minimum, as powerful as the PS4 or XBone, if not more powerful...
For the price of $299.

...

You think Nintendo's a f***ing charity, is that it?
Your expectation is just plain stupid for the kind of tech you're likely expecting out of Nintendo.
The PS4 and XBone aren't that old yet; trying to get similar tech into the NX is not going to be a cheap venture.
They'd be throwing their financials under the proverbial bus by trying to sell at a price like that.
They need to make a profit, not bury themselves alive.

Whymii1578d ago

Nintendo needs an audience prepared to listen to their offering and this will require a very explicit cost/benefit message to the market and the publishers.

miyamoto1578d ago

They should really ditch the "overpriced underpowered" traditional philosophy.
Both casuals & hobby gamers have seen through that so many times.
When they launched the 3DS they thought they are like Apple of Japan and they did not learn their lesson with the Wii U.

When they promise catering to the hardcore hobby gamers as per Mr. Iwata they better not break it again!
Where is the AAA Zelda they shown at E32011? I want that! Not the budget bishonen cel shaded Link they are doing now.
and AAA Full HD Metroid??? where?

wonderfulmonkeyman1578d ago

That Zelda was just a demonstration, not something they were planning on using.
Hell, if anything, that was just an alternate version of the Gohma fight from Twilight Princess, with Navi mixed in.

You shouldn't judge a Zelda's quality entirely by its art style or graphics.
Each one so far has been a marvelous adventure in its own right; you should give Zelda U a chance before discarding it as a "budget bishounen cell-shaded" title.

nevin11578d ago

I didn't click the link, but what are the chances NX will be the official name?

What does NX stand for?

maxleresistant1578d ago

click the link.

NX will not be the official name.
Kimishima itself couldn't say what the NX codename stands for.

Nevers0ft1578d ago

"Nearly XBox"

(sorry, couldn't help myself despite being an avid Nintendo fan)

deafdani1578d ago

Don't worry, I'm a Nintendo fan as well and I find it funny. More so considering that the NX is supposedly "near Xbox One" in terms of performance.

maxleresistant1578d ago

Perfect article.
I would add a sixth point, Nintendo needs to have an on-par OS, account system and online structure.
Don't tie the account to one system. Don't have a schizophrenic OS like the WiiU's. Improve the eshop and the visibility of the eshop.

Yukes1578d ago

Very good point. And thanks.

maxleresistant1578d ago

I love that nobody disagreed with me, but apparently someone disagreed with you agreeing with me. Internet is a marvelous place

Yukes1578d ago

@maxleresistant Spoke too soon!

ape0071578d ago

Hope nx succeed big time because this is nintendos last chance, if it failed they're done as a console manufacturer

wonderfulmonkeyman1578d ago

You couldn't be more wrong.
Nintendo's got the capital, and the investments, to continue making enough profit to support their console business regardless of how the NX does.
Heck, the mobile deal alone is going to make them so much cash that they'll probably be able to open new branches of Nintendo World in states that don't have them.

maxleresistant1578d ago (Edited 1578d ago )

@wonderfulmonkeyman

I'm going to respond to you here, since I can't do it in the initial conversation.

Your comment

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"@ Maxleresistant

So let me get this straight...
If my assumption about you wanting Nintendo to make a system with better tech inside is true [a safe assumption since that's what everyone wants from Nintendo at this point], you want them to make a system that's, at minimum, as powerful as the PS4 or XBone, if not more powerful...
For the price of $299.

...

You think Nintendo's a f***ing charity, is that it?
Your expectation is just plain stupid for the kind of tech you're likely expecting out of Nintendo.
The PS4 and XBone aren't that old yet; trying to get similar tech into the NX is not going to be a cheap venture.
They'd be throwing their financials under the proverbial bus by trying to sell at a price like that.
They need to make a profit, not bury themselves alive.

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First of all, I didn't say anything about power. I don't expect the NX to be as powerful as a PS4. Don't make assumptions.

Second of all, at that point, the PS4 can be sold at 299 and make a profit. So Nintendo could easily make a console that has the same specs for 299. Thing is, they are going to bring some innovative stuffs that are going to cost, so they'll probably have something less powerful, probably as powerful as an Xbox One, or a little less. The important thing is not so much about power, but architecture, they need an X86 architecture, an HDD, 8GB of RAM and a good online infrastructure. That's all they need to be in the game. It doesn't matter if it's a little less powerful than a One, as long as it is the same technology. That way the ports will be easy and cheap and they'll have third party support.

As for the price itself, Nintendo doesn't like to sell their systems at a high price. Whether you agree or not with that, they just prefer low prices. And the public doesn't respond well when they try to up their prices, the WiiU at 349 and the 3DS at 249 are good proof of that. Maybe one day they'll be able to, but now? They just can't, they're stuck with 149/199 for handheld and 249/299 for home consoles. That's the image they have.

Finally, you don't need to be an agressive little prick to have a conversation with someone on the internet. Grow up and learn to act like a man.

Whymii1578d ago

Well said. It'll have a lowish price point, be x86 and reasonably powerful to attract back the developers and publishers and will have some other USP to make it attractive to the public, such as being portable and/or being scaleable in some way.

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