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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?
Nintendo Turns 130 Years Old, Here Are Some Significant Milestones
The Japanese video game giant is by far the oldest company in gaming.
September 23, 2019 marked the 130th birthday of Nintendo. The company was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi on the same day in 1889, making it a great granddaddy of business enterprises.
The company, which spent its first 40 years as a hanafuda playing card company named Nintendo Koppai, has outlived the oldest human being on record (Jiroemon Kimura, who lived to be 122 years old).
As Business Insider outlines in their deep-dive of the company’s history, Nintendo was hustling and bustling long before it got into game development and production. In addition to Hanafuda playing cards, it has operated taxis, love hotels, and instant rice production before eventually entering the toy industry.
The company forayed into the world of video games by making light guns for the Magnavox Odyssey in the 1970s. Eventually, in 1977, it released its first ‘console’, the Color TV-Game 6, which was jointly developed with Mitsubishi and contained six different versions of Pong.
The rest of Nintendo’s history from that point to today has been well-documented. Although 130 years doesn’t make it old enough to crack the top 100 oldest companies in the world, it is by far the oldest company in gaming.
Taito, for instance, was founded in 1953, while Sega began operations in 1960.
The best-selling Nintendo consoles are the Nintendo DS (154.02 million), the Game Boy and Game Boy Color (118.69 million combined), and the Wii (101.63 million). The Switch currently stands at nearly 40 million units sold.
Wii Sports is the company’s best selling game, managing to ship 82,870,000 units, although it worth mentioning that many came bundled with the console itself.
According to Metacritic, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remains the best reviewed game of all time.
Nintendo has had its ups and downs over the decades, but it is looking very healthy for a 130 year-old company, so much so that it ranked 21 on Forbes’ list of top regarded companies.
Whether you love their games or you’re just looking for an excuse to eat a birthday cake, take a moment to celebrate its success.
Minecraft Has Over 112 million Monthly Users – That’s A Lot Of Players
Minecraft is an old game, but a lot of people still play it regularly. I mean A Lot!
Whereas most video games hit all their milestones within a year of their release, Minecraft is still extremely popular after ten years on the market.
One Chinese Minecraft player spent an entire year creating a awesome cyberpunk city that will surely amaze you.
Mojang studio head Helen Chiang revealed to Business Insider that the game has reached 112 million monthly users, outpacing all previous projections for how many people are playing the game.
For some perspective on how massive that is, consider that 112 million is over 1% of the world’s population, although we suspect that some people play over multiple devices or accounts, inflating that figure a bit.
Even so, that’s more active monthly users than Roblox, which has monthly active user base of 100 million.
Sales of Minecraft reached 176 million units in May 2019. With ray-tracing support coming to the PC version and Minecraft Earth soon to be released, expect sales to hit over 200 million units over the next few years.
These figures are made more impressive by the fact that Minecraft is not free to play. It’s a money-making machine.
Get Ready To Play Overwatch On The Nintendo Switch
One of the most popular games of this console generation has come to the Switch.
Nintendo has officially announced Overwatch for the Switch.
Dubbed ‘ Overwatch Legendary Edition’, the game makes it Nintendo debut on October 15.
Overwatch on Switch has been requested since the console’s launch. Now that it’s here, what exactly are gamer getting?
For starters, you get all of the content that has been released so far, plus motion controls and other features.
Now for the bad news: considering the Switich’s weaker specs compared to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this version of Overwatch run at 30 FPS in both docked and undocked mode, while resolution is different between the two modes.
Overwatch running at 30 FPS was somewhat expected, but the fact that the high-speed nature of the game requires a smooth frame rate, makes it disappointing.
The lower frame rate may also be a problem for the future implementation of cross-platform play, seeing as the game runs at 60 FPS on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Will you be getting Overwatch Legendary Edition for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below.
Check Out The New Doom Eternal Trailer
As expected, Doom Eternal looks crazy intense.
E3 2019 brought us two major videos of Doom Eternal — an official story trailer and some gameplay footage.
The story trailer (above) revels in the game’s weird and intense biblical imagery, while the gameplay footage (below) shows off its intense gameplay, flashy UI and wide array of collectibles.
A new multiplayer mode called Battlemode pits two player-controlled demons against a single player-controlled Slayer to see who’s the last one standing.
Bethesda also announced a big special edition of Doom Eternal that come with a wearable Slayer helmet and story DLC.
By the look of things, fans of Doom are in for more of what the love about the series. Doom Eternal releases on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4 on November 22, 2019.
Cheaper, Smaller Nintendo Switch Is Coming in Fall 2019
Nintendo’s blockbuster gaming system is about to get smaller and even more affordable.
According to a new report out of Japan, the Nintendo Switch budget model will launch in fall 2019.
Rumors of a smaller, more budget friendly Nintendo Switch surfaced earlier in the year, and now Japanese newspaper Nikkei claims it will arrive just in time for Christmas.
Despite being a “handheld” system similar to 2DS, it will be able to connect to televisions and placed in a dock.
Nintendo is said to also have a Switch Pro model planned. This particular sku won’t be a huge leap in performance from the standard Switch, but it will be a technical upgrade nonetheless.
The “Switch Pro” is expected arrive sometime after the “Switch Mini” launches.
Elder God Cetrion Is The Mother Nature Of Mortal Kombat 11
She looks like a god, talks like a god and fights like a god.
NetherRealm Studios has revealed a brand new playable character in Mortal Kombat 11, and she looks insanely powerful.
Judging my her reveal trailer, Elder God Cetrion is able to harness the powers of Mother Nature, freely using earth, fire, wind, water elementals in her brutal attacks. She can even grow in size until she is literally towering over the planet and shoot a giant mouth laser as part of her fatality.
Watch her in action and let us know what you think. Do you see yourself playing her?