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Top 5 Things the Nintendo NX Needs to be a Success

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With a new Nintendo console confirmed to be under development, there are high hopes that it will deliver in ways that the Wii U didn’t and couldn’t. A lot is riding on the tentatively named Nintendo NX…

The Wii U had its fair share of great games, my favorite being Super Smash Bros., but there were a number of major issues that rendered it a non-contender in a console war that included the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A new system wars involving the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is now in full force, and Nintendo can’t afford to repeat the same mistakes with the NX.

That said, here are five things (in no specific order) the Nintendo NX console should have in order to be more of a challenge to the Xbox One and PS4 than the Wii U was to the Xbox 360 and PS3:

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1. Sufficient Graphical and Computing Power

The Wii U was not a weak console per se, but it was still weaker than the Xbox 360 and PS3 when it launched at the tail end of the last console war… you know, when Microsoft and Sony were just about ready to retire their aging, much-more successful consoles.

The Wii U’s relatively weak system specs discouraged third-party developers from making games for it and gamers from buying it, with both groups believing that the more powerful Xbox One and PS4 delivered a better gaming experience courtesy of the larger, more detailed and more immersive gaming worlds they were able to provide.

To appease finicky gamers, Nintendo can’t afford to make the NX notably less powerful than the Xbox One or PS4. It doesn’t have to be above and beyond those two systems spec-wise, but it shouldn’t be blatantly underpowered either.

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2. Stronger Dedication to a Unique Selling Point

Nintendo has something big in store for gamers with the NX console, something that will probably be as innovative and impactful as the first Wii’s motion controller. While we currently don’t know what that something is, let’s just hope the company does a better job at making it a unique selling point than it did with the Wii U’s touchscreen gamepad.

Rather than make it the console’s key success factor, Nintendo mostly pushed the Wii U’s controller into the background, giving up on it early due to the plethora of criticisms it received for being too “gimmicky” and, thus, rendering the console nothing more than an underpowered gaming machine with great first-party titles but nothing else. Nintendo Land is probably the only game that fully utilized the power of the touchscreen gamepad, and it was a lunch title!

If Nintendo is to introduce another unique controller or some other industry-defining feature with the NX, let’s hope they back it up with an array of games built specifically with that controller. Such dedication will give the new console a competitive edge.

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3. Greater Emphasis on Online Features

To this day, the Xbox Live arguably still offers gamers the best online experience, and while Sony has come a long way in making the PlayStation Network a solid competitor, Nintendo still lags behind the competition by a long mile. The Wii U’s games have mediocre online functionality at best and that’s a major issue that must be addressed with the NX.

It’s unacceptable that a game as good as Mario Kart 8 doesn’t grant you the ability to talk with your friends in-game while racing, instead only allowing you to do so in the pre- and post-match lobbies. Xbox Live and PSN have those capabilities and then some…

As a children-oriented company — more so than Microsoft and Sony, at least — stubborn old Nintendo has always been reluctant to introduce voice chat due to the problems it could potentially present for its younger players. While that is completely understandable, allowing voice chat between players who are on each other’s’ friends lists seems fair and, frankly, isn’t too much to ask for.

The Wii U could have greatly benefited from Nintendo loosening its shackles when it came to online play, especially when considering it as a few notable games — Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon — that could have easily become some of the most iconic and memorable online games of the last console generation had there been unrestricted communication between players. This is a mistake they cannot afford to repeat with the Nintendo NX.

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4. More Mature Image, Encourage Third-Party Support

Every Nintendo console since the Nintendo 64 has been stigmatized for being too childish — that is, featuring a lineup predominately aimed at children. That image has cost Nintendo to lose favor with both mature gamers and first-person developers, and is one they probably can’t afford to saddle the NX with.

Frankly, I find nothing overly childish about most of the games the company makes, but their rated E labeling undoubtedly makes them less appealing to average gamers. Rated M games are all the rage these day, even with kids, so it wouldn’t hurt Nintendo to venture more into that territory with the Nintendo NX.

Support from Third-party publishers and developers will be paramount, and the company must do everything in its power to make the platform as inviting to them as possible. Just imagine what impact Nintendo’s first-party games in combination in combination with AAA titles from the likes of Activision, EA, Ubisoft and Take-Two will have on the NX…

I am sure Nintendo fans want to be able to play Call of Duty, Battlefield, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed and Grand Theft Auto

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5. Improved, More Comprehensive Virtual Console

As company with a more storied history than any other in the video game industry, Nintendo has a back catalog of games that easily puts to shame those of Sony and Microsoft, and we are surprised they don’t exploit that key advantage.

Ask yourself this: How many Xbox 360 or PS3 games would you still want to play a few years down the line as opposed to Wii U games? Your answer to that question is probably “very few, if any” and that’s because the majority of the best games on those two consoles have either had sequels or are going to have sequels that render them obsolete, can be purchased on the PC, or have had remakes/remastered versions.

With a huge library of first- and third-party games dating all the way back to the ’80s, Nintendo stands unrivaled in terms of games with strong replay value. A game like Smash Bros. Wii U, for instance, has unprecedented replay value and might be the last Smash Bros. game ever made.

It’s shocking then that their Virtual Console has, until recently, been pretty lackluster at aggregating these games for gamers to enjoy. If — along with a plethora of brand-new games — the Nintendo NX launches with an improved Virtual Console complete with 50 to 100 ports of old Nintendo games, a lot of gamers, let alone Nintendo fans, will be very happy campers. This selection of games could even include those never released in North America (e.g. Mother 3) and possibly old Sega Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast titles if Nintendo and Sega worked together again.

As lifelong Nintendo fans, we want nothing more than to see the Nintendo NX be a success. Now that you have read our top 5 things that need to be done, what are yours?

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Have A Look At All 80 Mini-Games In Super Mario Party

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Brace yourself for a mini-games galore.

If you want an idea of what to expect before getting Super Mario Party, we have a video that should give you a grand look at all 80 mini-games.

The 16-minute video was posted by YouTube channel Mario Party Legacy and provides clips of each game.

Announced at E3 2018 in June, Super Mario Party introduces a host of new features that include character-exclusive Dice Blocks, with up to four players taking turns, and the ability to link two games and two Switch consoles to play side-by-side with another group of friends.

Let us know if you ended up getting the latest Mario Party and what you think about it.

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Nintendo Switch Is Getting New Animal Crossing In 2019

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No more rumors — Animal Crossing is coming to the Switch.

After gutting disappointments at E3 2018 and subsequent Nintendo Directs, Nintendo has finally confirmed that Animal Crossing Switch is gearing up for a 2019 launch.

Details are pretty scant — all we got is “Animal Crossing” for a title — but we can expect Tom Nook to return and, hopefully, at least a visit from all, if not most, of the other characters when you use their Amiibo figure.

Watch the announcement trailer, and let us know what you hope to see in Animal Crossing Switch…

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Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle Lets You Play 7 Classic Games On PC, Consoles

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It’s an exciting blast from the past that will put you in a nostalgia coma.

Capcom has revealed the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle, a collection of seven classic and arcade side-scrolling beat ’em ups.

Available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, the bundle has a lunch price of US$20/£16/€20 and includes Final Fight (1989), The King of Dragons (1991), Captain Commando (1991), Knights of the Round (1991), and Warriors of Fate (1992).

You also get Armored Warriors (1994), and Battle Circuit (1997), two games that were only playable in arcades and never available on consoles.

In addition to allowing you to set the difficulty level and adjust other elements such as number of lives and continues, all seven games also come with such modern gameplay features as online co-op with drop-in/drop-out support.

Like with any of the Mega Man Legacy Collections, the Beat ‘Em Up Bundle includes plenty of art galleries, character designs, and sketches for even more of trip down memory lane.

Check out the reveal trailer…

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Nintendo Switch Release Date, Price, Games to be Revealed in January

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Details of the Nintendo Switch will be revealed during an upcoming livestream on January 12, 2017.

Company president Tatsumi Kimishima said in financial briefing that Nintendo will announce the Switch’s release date and price, and highlight some of the games currently under development.

The event itself will be invite-only, restricted to selected press, analysts and partners, but gamers around the world will be able to watch it via a livestream.

Nintendo will follow-up the presentation by hosting events around the world where press, partners and consumers get a chance to play the Switch and test out its features.

The company has said there is more to Switch than shown in its reveal trailer, with recent patents suggesting an AR-capable machine.

We’ll have a better idea of what the system really has to offer come January 12. An exact start time has yet to be confirmed.

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Nintendo Switch Revealed! It Will be a Hit [Video]

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Nintendo has finally revealed its news video game hardware, and it is called Nintendo Switch. It releases in March 2017.

Switch is a fitting name for the project that has for the longest time been known as the Nintendo NX, but is it as cool as the “Duo” moniker that was rumored?

Nintendo seems to have learned something from its struggles with the Wii U, with the Switch marking a significant shift in its stance. The company has always been about reinvention, and this is them trying their luck once again after the dual-screen gameplay that made the DS a hit failed to translate to home machines by way of the Wii U.

Watch the announcement trailer and let us know what you think …

Confirming the slew of rumors that preceeded the system’s announcement, the Switch combines the handheld and home console businesses of Nintendo and can be used at home on a TV as a traditional home console or as a mobile gaming device that can be taken away and played anywhere like the 3DS.

This fusion is an interesting, albeit smart business move, that brings Nintendo’s first party development houses under one piece of hardware. That’s to say the company’s myriad of teams only have to create one game for a single platform that serve both purposes, saving time and money.

We can now see why the boss of Ubisoft was so giddy about it

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the first major Nintendo Switch game, and a new Mario and Pokemon are expected to arrive within the first few months of its launch in March 2017.

The next Sonic the Hedgehog will also release on the Switch and will be joined by such titles as Dragon Quest, Skyrim, Mario Kart, NBA 2K and Splatoon.

Judging by everyone’s reaction, the Nintendo Switch is a portable gamer’s dream come true. Are you excited for it? Will you be getting it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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New NX Rumors Reveal Name of Nintendo’s Console… “Duo”?

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Several new leaks by a large retail partner through Reddit might have revealed the official name of the Nintendo NX, as well as its pricing, features, and packaging.

It has essentially been confirmed that the NX will be a console / handheld hybrid that’s detachable. It will come with a traditional console that serves as a dock, containing the hardbdrive, cartrige slot and various other interfaces; a performance module that serves as the systems power supply, containing a lithium ion battery and the CPU / GPU; and a detachable handheld unit featuring a 6 inch, 720px screen.

According to GamesBulletinUK, the console itself will sell for $299, in line with the Xbox One S and PS4 Slim’s pricing, but a a premium bundle (contents currently unknown) costing $399 will also be available at launch. Stores should start recieving demo units around February 2017.

4k streaming will be a feature of the NX, but it will likely only be for playback of content such as Netflix and not for gaming. Many, if not most games, are expected to run at 1080p and 60fps.

Speaking of games, they will be on cartridges, lending credence to past reports. Early adopters can expect at least 4 titles, including a Mario game and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Although slightly larger, the packaging of the NX will be relatively clean and simple like the Wii U package design. It will have a white and blue color scheme compared to the Wii U’s blue and black.

Unfortunately, the area of the packages that usually depict the console were blurred and redacted by Nintendo in attempt to keep the NX hidden.

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A leaked image (show above) that recently surfaced on the Internet may have revealed the console’s official name: ‘Nintendo Duo’. How does that sound considering that the NX is a console / handheld hybrid?

Nintendo has remained silent on every tidbit of alleged info on their upcoming console, so only time will tell if any of this is true. Just make sure to stay tuned to GameTribute for future developments.

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