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Dedicated Nintendo Hardware, the NX, in Development, New Membership Service Also in the Works

by Danny Bivens - March 17, 2015, 3:42 am PDT
Total comments: 48 Source: NCL

Nintendo announces new dedicated gaming hardware and a partnership with a Japanese e-commerce goliath.

Nintendo is currently developing a new dedicated gaming platform tentatively called the NX. Satoru Iwata revealed the existence of the new hardware at a recent investor meeting that announced a business and capital alliance between Nintendo and mobile/e-commerce company DeNA. While few details about the next generation of gaming hardware are sparse, the two companies are currently working together on creating a membership service for current generation Nintendo hardware (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U), the NX, smartphones, tablets and PCs, the service is being targeted to launch in the Fall of 2015. The NX has been dubbed as a “new hardware system with a brand-new concept” which will make full use of the membership service as a core element of the system. Nintendo plans to reveal more about the console next year.

The new partnership with DeNA does mean that any and all Nintendo IP could be used on non-dedicated gaming hardware, i.e., through smart devices on a global scale. However, Iwata stated, “We have no intention at all to port existing game titles for dedicated game platforms to smart devices because if we cannot provide our consumers with the best possible play experiences, it would just ruin the value of Nintendo’s IP.”

Speaking more about their game development plan, Iwata went on to say, “We will continue doing our best to develop dedicated game titles for our dedicated game hardware platforms just as we have been doing. For smart devices, even in the case where we utilize the same IP, we will create completely new game software that will perfectly match the play styles of smart devices.”

Nintendo and DeNA have agreed to enter into a capital alliance. The alliance will have Nintendo acquire 10% of DeNA's treasury shares, 15,081,00 of them worth around 22 billion yen. At the same time, DeNA will acquire 1,759,400 shares, 1.24% of Nintendo's outstanding stock, valued at around 22 billion yen.

Talkback

Nile Boogie ReturnsMarch 17, 2015

Sounds like its a "Netflix for Games Box", $12.99 a month and stream "new" games directly.











jglonekMarch 17, 2015

I hope this is the Nintendo Fusion project we heard rumors about early last year. The idea behind it was some type of console/portable hybrid.​​If I can get an HD portable Nintendo system that I can connect to my TV and play when I'm at home that would be fine with me. ​​And I think it would be to Nintendo's advantage to only work on one system instead of two. ​Maybe then we can stop having release droughts!

Triforce HermitMarch 17, 2015

Anyone want to simplify this for me? Sounds like "Have access to the VC and E-shop from your phone for $xx.xx of a month."

It could be. But, then again, the NX is going to be a dedicated game console. From what Iwata is saying, it doesn't seem like the stuff for that and the stuff for smart devices would be the same. Triforce, as for just simply being able to play VC stuff on smart phones, Iwata specifically said that kind of thing wasn't going to happen. There is a lot of good info in the source (feel free to check out the link above the story!), one thing in particular caught my eye in regards to quick dirty ports: "We have no intention at all to port existing game titles for dedicated game platforms to smart devices because if we cannot provide our consumers with the best possible play experiences, it would just ruin the value of Nintendo’s IP."

Interesting fact - DeNA owns Mobage, a pretty popular service/development platform for mobile games mainly in Japan (they have some stuff available in various countries, too, including North America). I would imagine they would make some kind of a system similar to that for the mobile stuff. Maybe? On the other hand, with that service being at the heart of the new system, that doesn't sound too groundbreaking. This is Nintendo we're talking about here, though, so I'm sure that we'll be surprised one way or the other by the time it's all said and done.

This stuff is just crazy and it's tough to know what to make of it. Keep sounding off in the comments, guys. I know I' looking forward to hearing what you guys think about all of this!

ejamerMarch 17, 2015

This should be a good business move, but it's hard to trust that Nintendo can pull it off.


It's also an unappealing move to me because I don't own a smart phone and don't really have any interest in owning one.  Looks like my gaming days are numbered... frankly, I'm ok if that's true. Vive le backlog!

Evan_BMarch 17, 2015

Ultimately, I think this is a good business move, and will certainly quell the incessant whining of investors. I just don't really know what to make of it.

I will never play a game on my phone. Ever. I decided that after playing a number of titles, both casual and core, that just didn't feel tactile or engaging enough- and Nintendo IPs aren't going to change my opinion of that. However, I see this as profitable advertizement for the company- make the characters more of a household name and thereby cause more people to gravitate towards the consoles, and make a quick buck off of it too.

What interests me more is the membership program, of course. What I want from Nintendo is something that I'm not entirely certain they could ever truly deliver, so it satisfies me that they know their limits and are co-developing something that is truly cross-platform and easily accessible to all console owners.

The NX is tantalizing, of course, but considering we know nothing about it, there's not much to say. It's the 3DS successor, though. No doubt about that.

LudicrousDa3veMarch 17, 2015

No real surprises, but this is brilliant. This will get Nintendo IP to proliferate, but not diminish. You want the full Nintendo experience that you're being teased? Go buy that hardware.

The announcement and vague "you'll see next year" on the NX is completely on schedule. On a personal note, I seriously hope the "Fusion" thing is what NX is.

AdrockMarch 17, 2015

I see where Nintendo is going with this partnership. It wants to use mobile device to introduce its intellectual properties to more people. None of the games are meant for me. I don't need convincing. I can see Nintendo aiming younger considering how many parents in grocery stores and malls hand their kids their smartphones just to shut up for a while.

marvel_moviefan_2012March 17, 2015

Let's hope it is more than just an app that lets you view Let's Play videos officially sanctioned by Nintendo. I like the idea of a unified account system so when I migrate, if I migrate, to the next hardware I don't loose any games.

broodwarsMarch 17, 2015

I really don't know what to think of this news. It was inevitable that the shareholders would eventually drag Nintendo kicking and screaming into the mobile market, and Sony's found some success in that market with tie-in games advertising their console experiences (Knack's Quest, Run Sackboy Run, etc.) so it might not be horrible. But on the flipside, I just don't see any quality gaming experiences coming from any venture into mobile, where games are measured by their similarities to slot machines.

As for the new NX device, I'm pretty sure Nintendo's going to boldly go where they've never gone before with that enterprise.  :cool;

http://www.startrekdesktopwallpaper.com/wallpapers/23_StarTrek_Enterprise_NX01starship_wallpaper_xx.jpg

:P:

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterMarch 17, 2015

Quote from: LudicrousDa3ve

No real surprises, but this is brilliant. This will get Nintendo IP to proliferate, but not diminish. You want the full Nintendo experience that you're being teased? Go buy that hardware.

The announcement and vague "you'll see next year" on the NX is completely on schedule. On a personal note, I seriously hope the "Fusion" thing is what NX is.

Exactly this. In the last few years I know the pressure coming from the world was just to slap Super Mario Bros 3 and the latest 3D Mario onto mobile and call it a day. That never sat right with me and I'm so glad it isn't happening. Having brand new types of "mini" games with Nintendo IP's splashed across people's smart phones will do wonders for advertising to the masses. Sure you can get a Mario Jumper that will be addictive for high scores but the real deal will forever be hung over your head with Nintendo's handheld or home console.


Something like this will really keep Nintendo relevant with kids again. I was at some big mall Sunday and I walked across 2 adult men sporting Pikachu shirts, one adult woman with an awesome Gen 1 Pokemon hat, and 2 men with Zelda shirts. Of course this is purely anecdotal but those people seem like me, the near 30 year old who has grown up with Nintendo and just still enjoys it. I see more of them now a'days than I do kids running around with those types of shirts. Getting Nintendo IP's exposed on mobile will do wonders for their popularity with kids.

Triforce HermitMarch 17, 2015

Part of me is interested and then part of me is thinking "this is outside my interests."

Ian SaneMarch 17, 2015

"new hardware system"

YAY!!!

"with a brand-new concept"

D'OH!!!

Sorry but "brand-new concept" makes me think "dumb gimmick controller".  IE: Wii 3, fails the same as Wii U, etc.  I don't trust Nintendo's ideas these days.  I would honestly want them to say they're making something conventional.  I really just want a normal console with Nintendo games on it like the ones Nintendo made prior to the Wii.  A glorified PS4 with Nintendo first party games would be awesome.  Anyway the important thing is that Nintendo is replacing the Wii U (or so I assume unless the NX is some weird Virtual Boy thing) and that's the right move.

It kind of sounds like Nintendo will be doing a universal account system across all platforms.  GOOD!

Don't care about the smartphone stuff though I know their stockholders were pushing for it.  I'm glad Nintendo's intention is to not ruin the value of their IP.  I want "real" Nintendo games, not smartphone bullshit.  That's at least one thing Iwata and I see eye to eye on.

tendoboy1984March 17, 2015

I see plenty of kids on Miiverse, so the notion that "kids don't play Nintendo games" is false. Also, a majority of people playing video games are teenagers and adults, and they're the main demographic of PlayStation, Xbox and Steam. Nintendo needs to reach out to everyone, not just kids OR adults.

leahsdadMarch 17, 2015

I still don't understand why everyone wants Nintendo to have just ONE console, instead of one portable and one home. 

I mean, sure, it would mean we're spending less money, because we're just buying 1 Nintendo device, as opposed to 2.

And it would SEEM like we're getting more games for said unified console, because all of Ninendo's development resources would be focused on one platform instead of being divided between supporting two.

But wouldn't that just be the same status quo as now?  Sure, the Wii U doesn't have a lot of games this year.  Neither does 3DS.  But with a unified console, we'd still just have the same amount of games.  Hell, maybe even less.  Some years we get 2 Zelda games in 1 year (Wind Waker HD and Link Between Worlds, for example).  That would NEVER happen on a unified console.

tendoboy1984March 17, 2015

Quote from: Ian

"new hardware system"

YAY!!!

"with a brand-new concept"

D'OH!!!

Sorry but "brand-new concept" makes me think "dumb gimmick controller".  IE: Wii 3, fails the same as Wii U, etc.  I don't trust Nintendo's ideas these days.  I would honestly want them to say they're making something conventional.  I really just want a normal console with Nintendo games on it like the ones Nintendo made prior to the Wii.  A glorified PS4 with Nintendo first party games would be awesome.  Anyway the important thing is that Nintendo is replacing the Wii U (or so I assume unless the NX is some weird Virtual Boy thing) and that's the right move.

It kind of sounds like Nintendo will be doing a universal account system across all platforms.  GOOD!

Don't care about the smartphone stuff though I know their stockholders were pushing for it.  I'm glad Nintendo's intention is to not ruin the value of their IP.  I want "real" Nintendo games, not smartphone bullshit.  That's at least one thing Iwata and I see eye to eye on.

NX is obviously codename for their console/handheld hybrid system.


NX = Nintendo Cross(platform)


And I'm really sick of people calling the Wii U Gamepad a gimmick. It's just an oversized normal controller with a touchscreen, like a large handheld. If touchscreens are gimmicks then what does that make the DS, Vita, and smartphones/tablets?

leahsdadMarch 17, 2015

Quote from: tendoboy1984

I see plenty of kids on Miiverse, so the notion that "kids don't play Nintendo games" is false. Also, a majority of people playing video games are teenagers and adults, and they're the main demographic of PlayStation, Xbox and Steam. Nintendo needs to reach out to everyone, not just kids OR adults.

Yeah, my daughter's 9 and her platform of choice is her 3DS.  She has her own Iphone, she has her own Ipad, but her top choice tends to be the 3DS.  Granted, she's my daughter, and when she walks into my office and sees my shelves and shelves of Nintendo games and systems, and when she sees my copy of Nintendo Force arrive in the mail every month, there's bound to be some artificial bias there.

But man, I checked her activity log the other day, and she's put 140 hours into Animal Crossing, 30 hours into Tomodachi Life, 10 hours into Disney's Magical World (not as big a hit), and 50 hours into Style Saavy.  It's almost embarassing for me, because I originally bought Animal Crossing for myself, I'm the mayor of our freakin town, but she schools me on that game constantly.  I've never even been to the island!

Linkle LinkMarch 17, 2015

Quote from: tendoboy1984

And I'm really sick of people calling the Wii U Gamepad a gimmick. It's just an oversized normal controller with a touchscreen, like a large handheld. If touchscreens are gimmicks then what does that make the DS, Vita, and smartphones/tablets?

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g246/sey115/shestheworst_zps7f4f3711.gif

marvel_moviefan_2012March 17, 2015

Quote from: leahsdad

I still don't understand why everyone wants Nintendo to have just ONE console, instead of one portable and one home. 

I mean, sure, it would mean we're spending less money, because we're just buying 1 Nintendo device, as opposed to 2.

And it would SEEM like we're getting more games for said unified console, because all of Ninendo's development resources would be focused on one platform instead of being divided between supporting two.

But wouldn't that just be the same status quo as now?  Sure, the Wii U doesn't have a lot of games this year.  Neither does 3DS.  But with a unified console, we'd still just have the same amount of games.  Hell, maybe even less.  Some years we get 2 Zelda games in 1 year (Wind Waker HD and Link Between Worlds, for example).  That would NEVER happen on a unified console.

Because not everyone buys BOTH systems. Some of us pick one or the other. So we don't get TWO Zelda  games we get one. Sure hand helds are popular but consoles appeal to an entirely different demographic. It is the same old bullshit PC fans keep saying why even bother with consoles at all when everyone has a PC. Because there are different people with different tastes.

relewis2011March 17, 2015

This is definitely some interesting and exciting news...I cannot wait to hear the inevitable hour-long discussion on this weeks RFN  :D

marvel_moviefan_2012March 17, 2015

Quote from: leahsdad

Quote from: tendoboy1984

I see plenty of kids on Miiverse, so the notion that "kids don't play Nintendo games" is false. Also, a majority of people playing video games are teenagers and adults, and they're the main demographic of PlayStation, Xbox and Steam. Nintendo needs to reach out to everyone, not just kids OR adults.

Yeah, my daughter's 9 and her platform of choice is her 3DS.  She has her own Iphone, she has her own Ipad, but her top choice tends to be the 3DS.  Granted, she's my daughter, and when she walks into my office and sees my shelves and shelves of Nintendo games and systems, and when she sees my copy of Nintendo Force arrive in the mail every month, there's bound to be some artificial bias there.

But man, I checked her activity log the other day, and she's put 140 hours into Animal Crossing, 30 hours into Tomodachi Life, 10 hours into Disney's Magical World (not as big a hit), and 50 hours into Style Saavy.  It's almost embarassing for me, because I originally bought Animal Crossing for myself, I'm the mayor of our freakin town, but she schools me on that game constantly.  I've never even been to the island!

Yeah that is 3DS, NOT Wii U. Why is it so hard to realize Nintendo is trying to expand their band to sell more CONSOLES hand helds ALWAYS appeal to kids more nobody is arguing that.

Triforce HermitMarch 17, 2015

Quote from: tendoboy1984

And I'm really sick of people calling the Wii U Gamepad a gimmick. It's just an oversized normal controller with a touchscreen, like a large handheld. If touchscreens are gimmicks then what does that make the DS, Vita, and smartphones/tablets?

Gimmicks

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterMarch 17, 2015

Quote from: leahsdad

I still don't understand why everyone wants Nintendo to have just ONE console, instead of one portable and one home. 

I mean, sure, it would mean we're spending less money, because we're just buying 1 Nintendo device, as opposed to 2.

And it would SEEM like we're getting more games for said unified console, because all of Ninendo's development resources would be focused on one platform instead of being divided between supporting two.

But wouldn't that just be the same status quo as now?  Sure, the Wii U doesn't have a lot of games this year.  Neither does 3DS.  But with a unified console, we'd still just have the same amount of games.  Hell, maybe even less.  Some years we get 2 Zelda games in 1 year (Wind Waker HD and Link Between Worlds, for example).  That would NEVER happen on a unified console.

The way I see it we will get more than one device but with both working under the same OS. I imagine Mario Galaxy World would be available for both devices, only the home console would be prettier. So essentially if you only wanted one or the other that would be all you need.

I don't particularly look at it as less games either. Maybe less from the same franchise but that sounds great to me! The resources that would go into a 2nd Mario Kart or New Super Mario Bros would be going into an entirely different game or franchise. I mean we got NSMB2 and then 35 seconds later we got NSMBW, then 45 seconds after that we got Super Luigi on top of it all! We got 3 NSMB games in one generation developed across 2 platforms. If people really want more it's clear DLC to increase the game by 50-100% is the way to go.

So now that a single Mario Kart satisfies both the hand held and home console audience that team is free to either do some DLC and have it prepared a year from now or get on to their next project which could have been something that would have never existed during the old structure.

The time and resources that would have went into the opposite hand held/console version now goes to something else giving us more variety. I don't see the down side at all for us. Of course the downside for Nintendo is that they could have sold a completely different 2D Mario for people who buy both but they could just as easily make something else that would be just as successful with that extra time on their hands.

ShyGuyMarch 17, 2015

I knew it was all over when I saw Mario is Missing come out for the PC...  :'(

broodwarsMarch 17, 2015

Quote from: leahsdad

I still don't understand why everyone wants Nintendo to have just ONE console, instead of one portable and one home.

Because Nintendo has proven over the years that they're not capable of supporting a console & handheld at the same time, and they refuse to expand their operations to be able to do so, especially when it comes to making titles for the Western markets.  Since they can't handle putting out software on 2 devices and since Japan refuses to support console gaming, Nintendo might as well put out a hybrid.

Quote from: tendoboy1984

If touchscreens are gimmicks then what does that make the DS, Vita, and smartphones/tablets?

Handhelds, which have a completely different set of requirements than console experiences do. Nintendo put out the Wii U hoping to fool the handheld-only Japanese audience into buying it just because it looked like a handheld. Obviously, that didn't work out very well.

Ian SaneMarch 17, 2015

I use gimmick in the sense that the controller is the selling feature, like with the Wii.  With the Wii and Wii U it's a trade-off.  You the consumer miss out on any of the benefits the competition's superior hardware provides but instead get the benefits of unique controller features.  Controller vs. specs.

I don't want that.  The videogame market during the Wii U's lifetime has not wanted that.  If the NX is the same thing it will fail.  Nintendo makes the best first party games of anyone.  The only real difference between Sony and MS is their first party exclusives.  Ironically that's a scenario where Nintendo would do really well with and yet for some idiotic reason they completely avoid that.  Nope, it's Nintendo's goofy controller and their first party games vs. Sony and Microsoft's first party games and 99% of all other console videogames being made.  It's always Nintendo vs. everyone else and no company does well in that comparison.  The whole strategy is stupid and really arrogant.  Make something normal, try to get the third parties back, and then it's Mario and Zelda vs. Uncharted and Halo.  That's a way more favourable comparison.

marvel_moviefan_2012March 17, 2015

Quote from: Ian

I use gimmick in the sense that the controller is the selling feature, like with the Wii.  With the Wii and Wii U it's a trade-off.  You the consumer miss out on any of the benefits the competition's superior hardware provides but instead get the benefits of unique controller features.  Controller vs. specs.

I don't want that.  The videogame market during the Wii U's lifetime has not wanted that.  If the NX is the same thing it will fail.  Nintendo makes the best first party games of anyone.  The only real difference between Sony and MS is their first party exclusives.  Ironically that's a scenario where Nintendo would do really well with and yet for some idiotic reason they completely avoid that.  Nope, it's Nintendo's goofy controller and their first party games vs. Sony and Microsoft's first party games and 99% of all other console videogames being made.  It's always Nintendo vs. everyone else and no company does well in that comparison.  The whole strategy is stupid and really arrogant.  Make something normal, try to get the third parties back, and then it's Mario and Zelda vs. Uncharted and Halo.  That's a way more favourable comparison.

Normally I agree with Ian because yeah I want that too. BUT in all fairness Nintendo did not lose 3rd parties because they gimped their hardware, that problem goes all the way back to the NES/Famicom days. As a company nothing has changed. They honestly think their hardware exists exclusively to serve their purpose. I am starting to wonder if that was their plan all along, to prove they could carry a system single handedly and say piss off to everyone else. All the companies they were competing with both hardware and software wise are pretty much gone these days. Some how they do weird things and still manage to make enough money to stick around.

Mop it upMarch 17, 2015

Nintendo's talked before about using smart phone stuff to try and entice people to check out their games and systems, so it isn't a surprise to see them moving forward with that idea. It's of no interest to me of course, but it could be a good move for their business.

As for the whole NX thing, I don't think I like the sound of it, but it's also very vague. There's a lot of details missing so I'll just have to wait and see where that goes.

AdrockMarch 17, 2015

Nintendo is never getting consistent third party support ever again. We all should have accepted a long time ago. The only reason Nintendo ever had third party support during the NES and SNES years was due to having a near-monopoly. I'm baffled that Nintendo got away with all of the anti-competitive shit it pulled. Nintendo told third parties how many games they could release, and that certain games couldn't be released on non-Nintendo hardware. It's really easy keeping all that support when you're preventing competitors from getting a foot in the door. Eventually, Nintendo did just that by making a series of poor choices.

The only way Nintendo gets more than an occasional bone from third parties is to start paying for support which is a terrible business model. There's a reason why Microsoft hasn't made any money on Xbox. It's the same reason why Nintendo is now worth more than entirety of Sony. I would love better third party support, but I'm not going to pretend like I don't know what's going on. The problem in this industry is that no one is meeting in the middle. Third parties want hardware manufacturers to pay them, partially in an effort to soften the blow for their terrible decisions. And they're still failing. This is not sustainable. It's easy as consumers to cover our eyes and pretend it isn't our problem, but it is. We're all just playing limbo wondering who's going to fall first.

Ian SaneMarch 17, 2015

Quote from: Adrock

Nintendo is never getting consistent third party support ever again. We all should have accepted a long time ago.

Not an excuse to not try.  The only time since the N64 I feel Nintendo didn't completely sabotage third party support with idiotic hardware restrictions was the Gamecube and oddly enough the third party started to actually improve that gen (and they still partially sabotaged it with their idiotic rejection of online gaming).  Nintendo makes no legitimate effort to attract third party support so they never do.  And I don't mean buying support, I mean just simply offering a platform where third parties don't have to jump through hoops or compromise their games or make exclusives because multi-platform releases are technologically impossible.  Nintendo does not make any legitimate effort to improve the situation.  Hopeless?  Bullshit.  That's a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Let them make a real effort, watch it fail, and then we can talk about it being hopeless.

Nile Boogie ReturnsMarch 17, 2015

Now that I've had my coffee, let me expound upon what I'm sure this is.



NX is clearly that cross platform idea that has been in the works since 2012 if not earlier.
I'm expecting a "Chromcast-esq" dongle and docking station for home use.
Nintendo will create an android based tablet that uses the aforementioned dongle and dock
VR is "the next big thing" so Nintendo won't do that but "4k AR" is likely.
Specs wise on par with PS4 now as it would 5 year old tech by then.
Pro Controller Compatible since perfection can't be surpassed.
Wii U ain't dead...but damn if Zelda U is somehow delayed to 2016...
Funky Wii U and 3DS compatibility. IE has ads game slot on tablet Gamepad is bottom screen.
EA will pledge "godlike" support, will  port Mass Effect 2 and Madden 2015 then vanish.
We will all buy it and complain that its not "Nintendo enough"
$399.95 Launches Spring 2017 ( Nov.18th 2017 )
Amiibo Next. Has "AR" aspect built it. Prints Money, Gets Bitches

Fairly grounded expectations of what will surly be praised as groundbreaking and underwhelming average by the same websites within a 12month span.


I sense a lot of people that are going to be sorely disappointed when NX releases.

AdrockMarch 17, 2015

Quote from: Ian

Not an excuse to not try.  The only time since the N64 I feel Nintendo didn't completely sabotage third party support with idiotic hardware restrictions was the Gamecube and oddly enough the third party started to actually improve that gen (and they still partially sabotaged it with their idiotic rejection of online gaming).  Nintendo makes no legitimate effort to attract third party support so they never do.  And I don't mean buying support, I mean just simply offering a platform where third parties don't have to jump through hoops or compromise their games or make exclusives because multi-platform releases are technologically impossible.  Nintendo does not make any legitimate effort to improve the situation.  Hopeless?  Bullshit.  That's a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Let them make a real effort, watch it fail, and then we can talk about it being hopeless.

Nintendo has tried many things. They didn't work, at least not enough to be sustainable. One thing it hasn't tried is continually throwing money at third parties which again, is a terrible business model. It sets a bad precedent, and I don't blame Nintendo for balking at it. The easy answer to the support problem is that Nintendo is going to have to play the same game as Sony and Microsoft except the game is rigged.

There's plenty Nintendo can do to improve its chances of getting better support, but it only improves its chances. There are no guarantees. Throwing money at things and people doesn't solve the problem; it perpetuates the problem. Developers are always going to want more powerful specs. Publishers are always going to want money upfront to offset losses. The line has to be drawn somewhere. There has to be some middle ground where everyone can benefit. And communication is key. Nintendo has to stop developing hardware behind a curtain. Nintendo dropped a key piece of information today albeit vaguely even by its standards. Whatever this "new concept" is, third parties better know what it is... a year ago.

Third parties are going to have to play ball too. They can't just take and take and take. Companies keep restructuring and/or going bankrupt because they aren't learning. They're overspending and overvaluing their properties then Sony and/or Microsoft bails them out for a while with payments. In the long run, how does that benefit anyone?

NeoStar9XMarch 17, 2015

This was certainly interesting news to wake up to today.


If Nintendo has to do mobile games then this is certainly the way I would want them to do it. Not porting games, and I'm glad they were very clear about that, but only making new games with the goal of pushing people toward their own hardware. Games that are clearly made for mobile and with them not trying to shoehorn a console or 3DS game.


The NX is interesting. I think we can kind of guess what we're getting with mobile direction. Not a Pokemon RPG for example but more things like Pokemon Shuffle, maybe card games or even PokePark style games that generate interest for the RPGs on the 3DS or it's successor. At least that's what I imagine the goal is. With the NX we don't know if it will replace the Wii U or 3DS or both or if it could be a catch all code name for both a new home console and new portable connected by the same OS. I hope it's the later one as I do want to seperate devices still.

StrawHousePigMarch 17, 2015

Man, I don't even know what all this NX stuff is. But I do know that 'partnering' with a third party is bad juju for users. I got a bad feeling about that one.

Really, all I want is for the GameBoy to make a triumphant return as a handheld VC that runs *emulation* for GB/C, GBA, NES, SNES, N64, and GCN. And don't even stop people from running ROMs not bought from the whatever version of an online store they'll have. No porting, just offloading a game straight from the source. How many great games will never be (re)released now because they have to be ported? Much too many.

A thing like that would sell through the stratosphere and would be a valid platform for several years.

Is that too much to ask?

tendoboy1984March 18, 2015

Nintendo has always created their hardware to serve their purpose. They use their hardware to play their software. They are exactly like Apple in that sense, software/hardware integration.

Fatty The HuttMarch 18, 2015

Going mobile could be a fine additional stream for Nintendo content. I've been playing a little Pokey-Mans Shuffle on the 3DS and wishing it were available as an Android App. I'd like it better. I could see a Mario endless jump-runner as a fun time-waster. These don't threaten me in the least. I'll buy them. And I will continue to buy Nintendo consoles and dedicated handhelds (or hybrid systems if that comes along which seems likely from the NX announcement). There's room in my life for all this stuff. It's fine and if it makes Nintendo gobs of money, great.

I could even see some of the more "mainline" games having a perfectly serviceable mobile version. I think the Mario RPGs (Paper Mario, Mario and Luigi or just a new Super Mario RPG) would work just fine on mobile. I can see their button-press to enhance combat or defence during battles working perfectly well as a tap on a mobile device touch-screen, especially as those screens are typically more tap-receptive than DS or WiiU touchscreens. Now, if I could get a meaty Mario RPG and pay a bit extra so it becomes cross-buy on my devices of choice, and I can continue to play the same save file across all those devices? That's Gold, Jerry. Gold.

Or if I could get a Smash Trophy Bank app on mobile, where I can look at and read about all my Smash Bros. Trophies while waiting in line, instead of having to boot up the game for that? I'd love that. When I boot up the game, it's usually because I want to play it, not read about trophies. But I still want to do that eventually.

The upcoming Mario Puzzles and Dragons thing should go mobile. I would like that.

How about a Missile Command clone where the waves of descending missiles are Metroids and it has background music from the series? Again, as a fun time-waster, I'd definitely buy.

There's a ton of ideas that would work well for mobile. And, as it is Nintendo, I'm sure they'll put the strangest, quirkiest twists on the products that we never saw coming but which will be utterly charming. Count me in.

Now, I am sure you are going to make the argument that developing for mobile would eat up development band-width that could/should be dedicated to "real" game development for Nintendo-dedicated gaming hardware. Well, I just don't buy it. Sorry. I don't have anything concrete with which to argue the point other than the fact that Nintendo doesn't usually steal developer time from dedicated games to do side projects. They partner up or they outsource. Or they re-position teams to do new stuff after they've finished with a particular project because they need to keep them working anyway and the type of just-finished project doesn't need or warrant an additional installment right away.

tendoboy1984March 18, 2015

Nintendo has made quick mobile-style games before. Brain Age, Yoshi Touch N Go, the minigames in Super Mario 64 DS, all those would be perfect on mobile devices.

broodwarsMarch 18, 2015

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Nintendo has made quick mobile-style games before. Brain Age, Yoshi Touch N Go, the minigames in Super Mario 64 DS, all those would be perfect on mobile devices.

Frankly, Kirby & the Rainbow Curse is already a mobile game. It even has the shitty controls that make it a perfect mobile game, so maybe they'll make a spinoff of it for mobile.

Nile Boogie ReturnsMarch 18, 2015

Didn't Nintendo invent the shitty mobile game "feel the Magic" and all the like.  I thought Touch screen gaming on was for the most part a Nintendo thing?


Ian SaneMarch 18, 2015

Wait, so Nintendo's shitty touchscreen games can get moved to mobile where I can pretend they don't exist?  Hey, that sounds pretty good.  If they could have clear separation between casual nonsense and the good stuff then there is less need to shoehorn in dumb gimmicks into their dedicated videogame systems.  If the mobile offerings are for the casuals then they don't have to compromise the console for that audience at all.  Console for the core, mobile for the casual.  Hell, that's how the market is right now.  I figure Nintendo will try to find some middle-ground product but that's the Wii U and it didn't work.

SorenMarch 18, 2015

That's not what's going to happen though. Nintendo will make their next piece of hardware with Nintendo in mind and every element of their business (with the exception of QoL, maybe) will interact with each other. If 3rd parties aren't going to work on Nintendo games because Japanese devs are switching to mobile and Western devs are apathetic then they're leveraging mobile and QoL to help offset the loss of profits from 3rd parties.

If you want to paint a doomsday scenario around this then you can say Nintendo is bracing for a sea change in core game development in a different way than Sony or Microsoft. Those 2 want to be the all everything in your living room because their video game division can't be just 100% about games either.

The health of Nintendo's core game business is better served by establishing a healthy, profitable mobile and QoL division rather than by moneyhatting third party software support (and by that I mean catering much of their hardware development to third parties that already have trouble developing for 2 consoles, much less 3).

marvel_moviefan_2012March 18, 2015

Quote from: Soren

That's not what's going to happen though. Nintendo will make their next piece of hardware with Nintendo in mind and every element of their business (with the exception of QoL, maybe) will interact with each other. If 3rd parties aren't going to work on Nintendo games because Japanese devs are switching to mobile and Western devs are apathetic then they're leveraging mobile and QoL to help offset the loss of profits from 3rd parties.

If you want to paint a doomsday scenario around this then you can say Nintendo is bracing for a sea change in core game development in a different way than Sony or Microsoft. Those 2 want to be the all everything in your living room because their video game division can't be just 100% about games either.

The health of Nintendo's core game business is better served by establishing a healthy, profitable mobile and QoL division rather than by moneyhatting third party software support (and by that I mean catering much of their hardware development to third parties that already have trouble developing for 2 consoles, much less 3).

All fine for Nintendo and their investors, but as a gamer I don't a give a shit what their profit margins are all I care about is do they make games I want to play. If this means more money to make games and translates into a good synergy between their divisions leading to a larger base and subsequently more games then I am all for it. If this turns out to be a bunch of garbage mobile games taking the spotlight away from real games count me out. Wii U was a hard enough sell and 3DS is not even on my radar.


I have not made up my mind if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet. Like Ian said I would be okay if they shoveled all their touch crap onto mobile platforms and then left the dedicate gaming machines to focus on dedicated games I would be happy, but doing that limits your audience and further gimps the hardware making it an even harder sell to the casuals whose numbers are required to sustain the current model.

I have only ever purchased two games on my phone, both garbage, both sequels to established games and both were over priced at $5.

I want NX to be a successful return to Nintendo doing what they do best. If that means using mobile stuff as a way to leverage their IP in a manner that keeps them profitable and relevant than okay by me. I don't give a shit if 3rd parties come back I have a PS4 I don't need watered down ports on Wii U and I won't buy them on NX either.

Ian SaneMarch 18, 2015

Quote from: Soren

The health of Nintendo's core game business is better served by establishing a healthy, profitable mobile and QoL division rather than by moneyhatting third party software support (and by that I mean catering much of their hardware development to third parties that already have trouble developing for 2 consoles, much less 3).

Yes, because Nintendo will just remain profitable forever and ever with like six games released a year because they have no third party support.  I think the Wii U firmly establishes that having terrible third party support will affect their bottom line.  People don't want game systems with no games.  If they don't make some effort to fix the third party problem then it's just the Wii U again and how great is that working out for Nintendo?  If they're not going to try to solve the problem why the hell even bother with a new console?  If "no third party support" is such a sound business model then they might as well just stick with the Wii U.  Nintendo doesn't make shit for a profit if they don't release a product people want to buy and you need games to make such a product and therefore need third party support.

AdrockMarch 18, 2015

I think Wii U firmly established that a company can't reasonably think it can be successful when it gets just about everything wrong. That includes third party support, but Wii U took a year and a half to be a decent console. It was a struggle even for Nintendo fans. You seem stuck on third party support. Jebus, man, Nintendo didn't even have first party games...

SorenMarch 18, 2015

Quote from: Ian

Yes, because Nintendo will just remain profitable forever and ever with like six games released a year because they have no third party support.  I think the Wii U firmly establishes that having terrible third party support will affect their bottom line.

A streamlined OS and consolidated development teams mean Nintendo will be able to, in theory, support itself with enough releases in a calendar year should third party support cease entirely (including Skylanders, Disney, Just Dance, LEGO games). Hardware specs that don't follow a graphical arms race means they can release a console that doesn't sell at a loss at launch. Also see Adrock's post.

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People don't want game systems with no games.

People don't buy Nintendo consoles to play third party games.

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If "no third party support" is such a sound business model then they might as well just stick with the Wii U. 

That's silly. Of course Nintendo should try and improve their relationship with 3rd parties. What they shouldn't do is hand over the keys to their next hardware design and pray they think it's good enough for them to come back. 

broodwarsMarch 18, 2015

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People don't buy Nintendo consoles to play third party games.

Judging by the Wii U's abysmal sales these past few years, they clearly don't buy them to play Nintendo's 1st party games anymore, either. Point is, Nintendo can't be the isolationist company they've been since the N64 years, where they tell 3rd parties to piss off (sometimes publicly, in the case of Square and Yamauchi) if they don't dance to Nintendo's tune.

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That's silly. Of course Nintendo should try and improve their relationship with 3rd parties. What they shouldn't do is hand over the keys to their next hardware design and pray they think it's good enough for them to come back. 

I really can't disagree with this enough. 3rd parties have been very vocal about the fact that Sony worked with them in the design of the PS4, and not only does the platform have arguably the best 3rd party support of any platform right now, but it also is currently outselling any previous PlayStation platform at this point in their life cycles, even the beloved PS2.  And mind you, those sales are despite Sony's own 1st party PS4 titles so far being fairly lackluster, with 3rd parties & indies carrying the lion's share of the load.

People may not buy consoles for 3rd party titles, but they play a definite role in filling gaps in 1st party software schedules; filling in gaps in 1st party genre coverage; & keeping people interested in your platform.  And designing your hardware around proprietary bullshit only leads to good 3rd party support if you have a massive success like the Wii or PS2, where the platform is so popular the 3rd parties have to support it. Otherwise, you get 3rd party support when you design hardware & software support that gives 3rd parties what they need to succeed.

But hey, I'm sure it's a good thing that Axiom Verge and countless other 3rd party titles aren't coming to the Wii U because Nintendo just doesn't give a **** about 3rd parties.

marvel_moviefan_2012March 25, 2015

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Quote from: Ian

Not an excuse to not try.  The only time since the N64 I feel Nintendo didn't completely sabotage third party support with idiotic hardware restrictions was the Gamecube

God how can you be so damn think, Game Cube was probably even more restrictive to what 3rd parties were doing than Wii was. Not being able to play DVD's, forget the movies for a moment, that alone made developers have to intentionally make cuts to their games especially in the latter years. There were games that couldn't be done on Game Cube because the content would not fit on a tiny disc and the market was not accepting multidisc games any more. PS2 supposedly won all those "casuals" by playing DVD movies, to some degree I think that is true but you cannot attribute playing DVD movies to PS2 success and then not mention it as one MAJOR reason why Game Cube failed. Weather it mattered to YOU or ME or anyone here, there is overwhelming evidence that many people were in fact turned off by that major featuring lacking from the GameCube so much that despite having far fewer, and often inferior games, the Xbox managed to beat Nintendo in nearly every turn.


Game Cube lacked proper online something Dreamcast was doing at the time. There are COUNTLESS examples where a game on PS2/Xbox had online and as a result was either not released on Game Cube or had the online removed making it an inferior purchase. The Game Cube was NOT developer friendly. IF Game Cube had been exactly as released same games, same price point, same connectivity and the only difference was proper online and full DVD support including movie play back and STILL bombed then yes you might have an argument but Game Cube was butchered compared to its competition and the BIG AAA games that were pushing sales of the other two were mostly lacking on Game Cube as a result. Hell it was missing many of the major sports games right off the bat. Game Cube is one of my all time favorite machines and despite ME loving it for the games, there is now way to deny that those major flaws had an impact on sales. Unless you live in a bubble where Nintendo can do no wrong, which you claim is not the case yet you continue to pretend Game Cube was ACTUALLY on par with its competition when it was not at all.

Graphically sure but specs are more than graphics and at a time when online and multi media cut scenes were all the rage NOT having the ability to play 60% or more of the hits of the day certainly held it back.

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