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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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wonderfulmonkeyman2464d ago (Edited 2464d 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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TheFirstClassic2464d ago

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

Nodoze2464d 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

ibrake4naps2464d ago

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

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory2464d 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

SuperSonic912464d 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_TFK2464d 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.

yellowgerbil2464d 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

TallonIV2464d ago (Edited 2464d ago )

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

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Microsoft clearly still cares about Game Pass. Exclusives? Not so much

Regarding Microsoft’s position in the broader game industry, it seems we have our answer: It’s now a publisher first, a subscription platform second, and a console hardware platform a distant third.

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darthv722d ago (Edited 2d ago )

when i hear people use the word "exclusive"... all I can think of is the princess bride:

Christopher1d 17h ago

I would really like for you to expound on this comment.

I assume we both know what exclusive means, but what do you think it infers when utilized in the discussion of games now?

You have pure exclusives, only on one platform no where else. Then you have platform exclusives, available across a family of platforms (such as PS consoles or Xbox consoles). After that you have console exclusives, it's on PC and/or mobile and on a single console system. Then we have timed exclusives, those fall in one of the above but are limited in how long they will last as such.

Understanding that, why do you think the author doesn't understand the word "exclusive"? Do you think it's because everyone should know that games going to Xbox and PC on Day One is what we mean by exclusive now in industry related terms? Do you just ignore that there exist actual exclusives, especially on PC and Nintendo Switch?

Then let's go further in the article where the author said:

"Xbox hardware, and its attitude to console exclusivity for Microsoft-owned games remains ambivalent at best."

Is this the bit you are referencing? Is it a wrong statement? I feel that's up to opinion. But obviously they understand the discussion is about games going only to Xbox and PC. Do they not understand that games like CoD Back Ops 6, Sea of Thieves, DOOM, Fallout 76 being Microsoft developed titles going 'everywhere' they would have if owned by a third-party?

I think they do. And I think this is the crux of their opinion. I feel they are looking at all of this potential power Microsoft is wielding and how they are wielding it. They aren't taking those massive games and making them a foundation to sell their hardware. They're making them a foundation for selling their subscription service and leaving hardware to flounder with no similar titles that would sell the hardware. Sure, there are a few exclusives, but they are going to PC. And that's always going to hurt them in the discussion of 'hardware support'. And now with these latest games, with more games going to more places than just PC, is it not an accurate statement to say that Microsoft's focus is on Games first, subscription second, hardware somewhere down the line in third?

Would like to hear your response. Thank you.

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XiNatsuDragnel2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

I swear xbox is a service now imo

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Aloymetal1d 17h ago

More like an afterthought. Not even a service. Most gamers around the globe don't care about any of the green ''offerings'' and now that they're going full 3rd party even less.

Tacoboto1d 11h ago

So you're suggesting people would care more, if their games were available to fewer people?

Lol. Yep, what a good gamer mentality that is.