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Nintendo NX Aimed at Gamers and Casuals

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Not wanting to repeat the mistakes it made with the Wii U, Nintendo seems to be going all out to ensure its upcoming console, the NX, has lasting power with both gamers and casuals alike.

Shinya Takahashi, General Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development, sat down with Nikkei Trendy and offered some additional perspective on what the company hopes to achieve with its entry into this gaming generation.

On whether or not the NX will follow a similar strategy to the Wii and Wii U by being a platform that gamers and their mothers can appreciate, he stated:

“I can’t talk about this in detail yet, but we are aiming so that neither people who like games nor moms dislike it. I think that I want to release a game device that both customers who have much experience in gaming and customers who haven’t played much can enjoy greatly.”

That leads us to suspect the Nintendo NX will be more casual-oriented than the Xbox One, PS4 and all their derivatives. That’s not necessarily a bad thing so long as there are quality games backing that mission.

With regards to games, Takahashi said gamers need not worry about a drought, something that adversely affected the Wii U’s sales:

“We are paying attention to that. Having said that, it isn’t about drastically increasing the amount of development staff. To be specific, software development teams and teams that create the development environment are thinking about the NX lineup together. For example, a software development team may have a request ‘if we had this library, then development would progress quickly’. Teams creating the development environment respond to that by considering ‘if we prepare an environment like this, then development will go smoothly’, and they actually discuss with development teams and hear their opinions and prioritize those things. We have built a stronger cooperative relationship compared to what is was before and are making efforts so that software can be developed smoothly.”

The fact that the NX will likely release in March 2017 — outside of the holiday season — should allow it to build a long list of software before Christmas’ spending frenzy.

How does Takahashi statements make you feel? Do you like the direction Nitendo seems to be taking the NX? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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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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