Nintendo Is Making All The Right Moves – But Can It Keep Up The Momentum?

Nintendo's on a roll when it comes to recent announcements for the Switch, 3DS and NES Classic Edition. WWG takes a closer look as to whether it can carry that energy into 2018.

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wonderfulmonkeyman2439d ago (Edited 2439d ago )

Well, I wouldn't say ALL the right moves.
Their subscription service is still 90% unknown, their lack of a Miiverse successor and an in-system messaging service is a distinct mistake, and their online chat alternative is a prat-fall in all but the most literal of senses, but they've definitely succeeded in spreading out their games more, and in getting more devs interested, than they ever did with the Wii U, so the signs of it becoming a long-term success are positive.
What matters now is, once they've gotten their biggest names all accounted for, what will they do next, first-party-wise?

That'll be key to keeping momentum, and I'm thinking they'll turn towards reviving franchises they haven't revisited in a while.

Kid Icarus Uprising 2? A new F-Zero?
Or maybe, dare we hope for it... a collaboration with Squeenix for a proper Legend of the Seven Stars follow-up?

There's tons of potential, the Switch's stride is strong so far, and the ball's in Nintendo's court.
Time will tell.

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TheFirstClassic2438d ago

Mario rpg with the worlds and characters from that game? Like a legit sequel? That would be dope.

Nodoze2439d ago

They are out of the gate quickly....but it is a long race. As mentioned the online infrastructure and services are giant question marks. As usual the first party offerings are fantastic. They just need to keep the momentum.

I would LOVE WiiU ports of
Starfox (with PROPER twin stick controls)
Xenoblade X
Bayonetta 1+2
All Zelda releases - re re released

ibrake4naps2439d ago

It's gunna sell great like their other handhelds. I'm loving mine

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory2439d ago

Yes. With
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Metroid Prime 4
project Octopath Traveler
Kirby Star Allies
and ever exclusive and unannounced games for 2018

SuperSonic912438d ago

I hope Ninty don't put too much "violent adult" games on Switch for it will ruin the kiddie friendly image of the platform.

Prince_TFK2438d ago

There had been adults game, and there had been kiddie games on Nintendo console. Even if Nintendo focuses on the young audience, that doesn't mean they neglect their older ones. While games like Mario Kart 8D and Mario+Rabbids might be appealing to younger audiences, there are always games like BOTW and Xenoblade 2 that lean toward the more mature ones.

yellowgerbil2438d ago

clearly you haven't played Mario+Rabbids. that is the most hardcore game made this gen, it does a good job of preparing people for how difficult it gets, but the game is brutal starting at the Halloween world (halfway through the story). Even before that point there is some serious tactical challenge, and I'd say it is actually MORE robust than xcom with a lot of the mechanics

TallonIV2438d ago (Edited 2438d ago )

M+R is a difficult game, I don't see many kids beating it.

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New PlayStation Handheld Reported Again, Supposedly Runs PS4 Games

Another leaker has claimed that a PSP/PS Vita style PlayStation handheld is in the works, and it'll supposedly support PS4 games.

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anast1d 23h ago

If this is true, it will crush everything for the price.

VenomUK1d 10h ago (Edited 1d 10h ago )

Needs to be a PS5 portable.

Cacabunga1d 10h ago

PS4 native with PS5 remote play capabilities. Would be sweet.

And let PS Portal support cloud streaming for all PS+ games.

anast1d 9h ago

Going off all the pricing behavior of Sony to this point. I'm willing to bet it will be cheaper than the Steam Deck. And when the price is revealed and I am right, send me a message.

Cacabunga1d 9h ago

Could be an attempt to counter switch 2 which will have PS4 power.
Imagine all the PS4 third party re releases switch 2 is going to get.. “PS4 portable” could get the exact same games once again and publishers can resell software ..

If this portable has provides PS5 remote play on top then it will have a nice argument and exclusive feature.

DarXyde14h ago(Edited 14h ago)


Possibly, though I think any attempt to win against Nintendo in the handheld space is hopeless.

I loved the PSP and I still enjoy my Vita, but there's something about a full scale Mario and Zelda in your hands that makes it clear Sony should share the space, but never dream of taking it.

It's a very safe bet from Sony to have it run PS4 games too because then neither you nor developers are on the hook to make dedicated games for it.

Time will tell. I hope it's real. I'm willing to bet that it is—this is an inevitable strategy for Nintendo and the Surface team is allegedly handling Microsoft's next hardware stint. Sony wouldn't be the only one without portable hardware.

JL29304h ago

$199 for a dedicated handheld when they are trying to sell that piece of shit streaming screen for the same price. Hilarious.

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crazyCoconuts1d 10h ago

It would be a niche product like Portal. Not bad, but not mainstream. It's legacy PS4 right?

Kneetos1d 10h ago

The switch 2 and next steam deck will be out by then and will likely be way more popular

anast1d 9h ago

The switch 2 will be a handheld Series S for kids and the next steam deck will be ridiculously over priced for a bunch of aging CRPGS and F2P mobile style games.

Kneetos1d 1h ago (Edited 1d 1h ago )

@Anast the switch 2 will Fortnite dance on the new Sony handhelds grave
Playstation can't compete with Nintendo there

With playstation porting all it's games to pc and by extension steam deck it pretty much makes the new pshandheld system irrelevant

Especially since all I ever hear from the Sony crowd is "I NEED graphics or I can't enjoy the game" a handheld PS4 is going the same way as Sony's handheld ps3

Hypertension1401d ago (Edited 1d ago )

If the switch 2 isn't backwards compatible, it will fail.

If this is true, then it will already have a large of games to play from the start, add ps1,ps2,psp,vita games to the mix, and it can be massively popular.

anast12h ago(Edited 12h ago)

The switch is a Mario machine and for kids, they have their own space. Tell me where I am wrong here.

The problem is that Sony isn't porting all of the games to the Steam Deck specifically. The Steam Deck can't play every game. It even has a verified category with games that run the best and a "playable" category that can barely run games. So, the best option to play would obviously be a Sony product.

The last point is inane. I can't respond to comments that use caps. the point should be able to stand on it's own

NotoriousWhiz12h ago

It doesn't matter hiw popular the Playstation handheld is if it shares the same library as the PS5. It just brings more people into the ecosystem and provides them with more ways to play their games.

Kneetos11h ago

@anast Nintendo is competing with Sony and no amount of backpedaling will change that
They were competing during the GameCube era and the Wii u era, coincidentally the 2 gens they lost to Sony, but we're suddenly not competing during the ds, Wii and 3ds era because they beat playstation, but of course we can't have that can we so "Nintendo isn't competition Sony auto wins"

The switch is more then a mario and even a first party machine these days as there are plenty of games, specifically Japanese and indi games that are doing better on switch then their ps counterpart
It's irrelevant that Sony isn't specifically porting to steam deck, the games will end up on there and people will wait for a pc port just like how playstation fans wait for a playstation port of games, you aren't unique

Playstation fans constantly brag on graphics, so a handheld that only plays PS4 games isn't going to entice a lot of them, like the vita before it, and Sony has a history of just dropping unsuccessful projects, the vita psvr and it looks like the portal isn't doing too hot either