E3 2016: NOA President Talks Nintendo NX

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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Nintendo NX


Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime, was recently asked about the upcoming Nintendo NX, and how it will stack up to Xbox One Scorpio and Playstation 4 NEO. Reggie responded to Bloomberg (via Nibel):

“For us, it’s not about specs, it’s not about teraflops, it’s not about the horsepower of a particular system. For us, it’s about the content.”

As fans are now well aware, Nintendo chose not to unveil its upcoming Nintendo NX system at this year’s E3. The company is planning to share more about the NX sometime later in the year. This makes sense because they need to get some hype behind it before it’s launch next March. The bigger the hype train, the better you can expect your system’s launch to be. Nintendo President, Tatsumi Kimishima, has said that the NX will not be a “pure” replacement or successor for the Wii U. Instead, he says it will give players a “new way of playing games”.


Reggie had more to say in the interview about the NX, and its power compared to that of its competitors:

“We’re focused on bringing our best entertainment to both the Wii U as well as the NX in the future. So for us, whatever Microsoft and Sony are doing in terms of talking about new systems, that’s for them to fight out in that red ocean.”

This may be to the chagrin of some fans. It is no secret that Nintendo’s home console systems have been under-powered compared to their competitors for the last couple generations of consoles now. Personally, I’m not overly bothered by this. Nintendo is pretty good at making good content most of the time. Super Mario Maker still needs some serious fixes that haven’t come, though. Regardless, Nintendo has an obvious problem, given the fact that the Wii U did not do so well. They need to turn that around with the NX, but will they?

I can admit that I used to be the sort of fan boy that thought Nintendo could do no wrong. Unfortunately for Nintendo, I grew up and am now older and wiser. I’m still a big fan, but confused by some of the silly things they’ve done in recent times. We’ll have to wait and see how the Nintendo NX fairs, but hopefully it won’t flop like the Wii U has done.



About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.

  • Panpopo

    One of my main questions is if the system will be region free. That is my deal breaker for any new console now.

  • WB1c_Marathon

    If it’s not region locked I may give it a chance, otherwise Nintendo of America has killed my desire to buy their products.

  • Cae Herlin

    Caveat: “Several generations”? Only the Wii and Wii U were underpowered. That’s two generations, not several. The GameCube was well within the range of the power of the PS2 and Xbox, and if you want to go back even further, the fact that the N64 overpowered its competitors is literally in the name. (Sure they were behind in game media/file capacity for a while, but that’s not quite the same thing.)

    • Michael Fontanini

      Thank you for catching that. You are indeed correct, so I went ahead and fixed that typo quick. 🙂

    • Nicholas Perry

      The PS2 was really the weak link in that gen. The GCN looked and ran way better. We need another GCN.

  • Mr0303

    That’s a bit of a shame – they should try to compete with Sony/MS. It sounds like the NX will be another gimmick focused system. Specs are not a deciding factor, but 3rd party developers expect some standards to work with. Wii U’s pathetically small HDD is a prime example.

    • Nicholas Perry

      The WIi and Wii U were hardly gimmicks. Lots of games made great use of them. Their primary problem was image and specs.
      They did other things that their competitors struggled to do and or did very poorly at. The Wii U is to the Wii essentially what the Neo and Scorpio are now to the PS4 and XBO. The problem with it, was that Nintendo was still behind in specs. Even if the PS4 and XBO were still underpowered and underperforming toasters.

    • Mr0303

      The Wii’s motion controls were a gimmick that died out pretty fast. Same with the gamepad – even Nintendo barely utilised it and most developers used it for a map. This hardly justified the expensive bulky controller that it was.

      Specs are one problem they had and the other is the exotic hardware that most third party developers wouldn’t want to deal with.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    If it can run games in 1080p, 60fps, I’ll be quite happy. With such capabilities it won’t break the bank like the Scorpio is expected to (some think it will be priced at $600+), and, assuming Microsoft (and presumably Sony) stick to their pledge to make games compatible across all models, and 3rd parties do the same, the NX will be able to play any new games that come to consoles. Besides, 4K is generally overrated. It sounds cool, but unless you’re sitting close (like with a monitor), or your TV’s huge, the jump in resolution will make little to no difference (that’s according to CNET, not my opinion), while requiring a massive amount of power to render.

  • Paychi

    The NX can be successful. As long as they decide not to abandon it like they did with the Wii U. Look at all titles they developed for 3DS, meanwhile Wii U gets a fucking Animal Crossing board game…?

  • Koops330

    Well looks like Nintendo is planning on no third party support again seeing as how the wiiu being underpowered kept a lot of games off the console.

    • Nicholas Perry

      More like because no third party wants to waste the time and money to really truly adapt their coding to the system rather than the specs.

      I’ve yet to see any first party content from Sony or MS match the stability and performance of Nintendo on a regular basis, even on PS4 and XBO while still looking decent.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Too bad the content is all censorered shit in the west.

  • Kevin Mai

    So the trend continues? The weaker hardware means devs need to specifically develop for the consoles, and as we saw with the wii and wii u, that didn’t happen. If you want content and dev love, you need a competitive console. I’m sure if it’s equivalent to a current ps4 it’ll get a fair amount of dev love, but ideally it should be at least the rumored ps4 neo levels (4.5tflops)….

    • TrueWiiMaster

      If devs continue to support the regular Xbox One and PS4, as expected (and at least Microsoft pledged), the NX shouldn’t have any problem running multiplats.

  • Nicholas Perry

    Specs are important though> Very much so (Gotten pretty tired of a decade of promises for 1080p and still barely being able to do it, let alone with regularly perfect performance.). If Nintendo is the only one who can reliably deliver the basics in an era where the TV industry is shoving 4k down everyone’s throats, and not third parties without issue. Then we’ll have a problem.