Nintendo Building Strong Launch Lineup for NX

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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Nintendo NX


According to sources close to Nintendo, the company is determined to prevent a repeat of the Wii U’s slow launch. To help the new system fly out of the gate from the start, Nintendo is putting together a AAA lineup. First party titles include the previously announced Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, and a new Mario game. For third-party support, Game Freak is set to bring the Pokémon franchise to the NX. Meanwhile, Nintendo is working hard to secure more third-party support with some big names already on-board with the NX. They include Activision, Sega, Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros.

The same sources mentioned above have also confirmed that last week’s Eurogamer report is all true. That report talked about sources revealing the NX to be a portable system that uses 32gb cartridges. It also mentioned the Nintendo NX’s ability to be connected to your TV. Additionally, that report revealed the NX to have two detachable controllers on either side of its screen.

Nintendo NX

An artist mock-up of what an NX cartridge might look like.


According to one executive who’s had some hands-on time with the NX, “It’s a nice bit of kit, a bit of a novelty, but a good one,” However, he also went on to say, “It won’t appeal to PS4 fans. Nintendo seems set on trying to upgrade smartphone gamers. That’s going to be a big job for the marketing department.”

Sources say that the NX’s graphics power will fall somewhere in between the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. Nintendo is targeting an audience that lies between mobile gamers on smart phones, and the more hardcore players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. As you may already be aware, the Nintendo NX is poised to launch in March of next year. Nintendo is set to officially unveil the new system sometime next month.



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  • tBanzai

    “Novelty” is never a good word to use for a console…

  • ssd

    “third-party support, Game Freak is set to bring the Pokémon franchise to the NX”
    Game Freak third party? Not even close.

    • Schrodinger’s Clit

      Are you fucking retarded?

  • Mr0303

    32 GB cartridges may be too small for some third party developers judging by games’ sizes recently.

    “It won’t appeal to PS4 fans. Nintendo seems set on trying to upgrade smartphone gamers.” – so they are trying to go after the casual market again. I’m not really sure there is a big demographic that sits between mobile and core gamers. One could argue that this is handheld market, but I still consider 3DS/Vita players as dedicated gamers.

  • Panpopo

    Region-free please. If region locked my interest will plummet.

  • braneman

    Something I think Nintendo and a lot of companies fail to realize is that the mobile games market isn’t huge because people genuinely liked mobile games, its huge because nearly everybody with a cell phone has a smartphone.

    You can’t actually sell a console to that demographic, sure some of them will be interested but mostly you’ll find VERY lacking sales because nobody is in the mobile games market because they want to be. It would be like selling ultra high performance car parts to the general public, sure there is a car for nearly every man, woman and child in the united states, but that doesn’t mean anybody will buy your product.

  • madmofo145

    I don’t know why people are looking at this as a mobile alternative. If you assume the rumors are true, just look at it as the most powerful handheld ever. Think about what the next Monster Hunter, Fire Emblem, and Pokémon games will look like and it becomes a very exciting system.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    “Sources say that the NX’s graphics power will fall somewhere in between the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4.” Bunch of bullshit as the Wii U is already more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360 so why would Nintendo make a console less powerful than it’s previous model?

    • Alex Domingues

      because it’s a handheld hybrid of sorts I believe.

  • Nicholas Perry

    As long as it’s easy to develop for, for 3rd parties. They remove one of the bigger obstacles the Wii U had.

    Horsepower, I wish it would be stronger than a PS4. But no matter how strong it is, developers always pursue prettier shading rather than stable IQ and performance.
    The PS4 is evidence enough of that, the PS4 could run games 1080p60 if they really wanted.(And still look good) But shading(And in the case of some, game design that is bigger than the hardware is really capable of) is more important and a bigger selling point to the masses sadly.