Nintendo NX Coming Next Year?

The weekend is finally here! Closing out the week we have some potentially big news, with the latest rumours that Nintendo‘s NX console could release as early as next year.

According to a Digitimes report, Nintendo has been visiting their hardware suppliers and even ordered a pilot production from Foxconn Electronics — the company famous for making pretty much everything, including the iPhone — which will likely be manufactured by October this year. The report goes on to suggest that mass production would begin in May or June 2016, with a release in July 2016. There are two things I take away from this report; first there is no way they will release a console in July — the only way that makes sense is if they want to effectively launch it at their E3 conference — a holiday release makes more sense. Second, if the console is coming next year, it must be somewhat of a hybrid between 3DS & Wii U. With Nintendo already focusing on mobile games, and their big success already being in the handheld sector, this makes the most sense. Being able to play the same game on your TV and on the go is something that would be a unique experience.

One of the reasons this report is likely to be true actually results from a recent Nintendo Q&A with investors. President and CEO Satoru Iwata tried to reassure investors and gamers that the company will not be abandoning their support for Wii U & 3DS.

Regarding your concern about what will happen to Wii U or what will happen to Nintendo 3DS, NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero.

 

When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX.

His words make sense to an extent, but they do highlight the imminent arrival of the NX. I suppose there is also the possibility that, if the NX is a hybrid, that we could see some backwards compatibility functionality implemented. I think this is something that Nintendo will need to do, especially as there is already criticism of their library sizes.

We’ve got some real insight into the development of The Last Guardian today. Sony has revealed that they “probably would have” cancelled the game if fans had stopped asking about it. The game encountered several technical issues before even trying to transfer to the PS4 version in 2012. It is great to hear that the encouragement of fans can play such a significant role in the future of a game.

Talking of favourite things, it was recently revealed how Troy Baker got his role in Far Cry 4. When Baker was reading for the role of Pagan Min, he reveals an exchange that took place when an assistant entered the room to ensure everyone had enough coffee and water:

All of a sudden she walks in, I said ‘I’m sorry, who is this? Who is this walking into this room right now? N-n-n-no no no no, don’t leave. Sit down, have a seat. Please. No no no no, just make yourself comfortable. Would you like some coffee that you brought in, it looks very delicious. Now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to murder her right in front of you.’

 

I’m going to peel your face off and put it on my own – it’ll be the most glorious makeover I’ve ever had.

Apparently this was good enough to convince the cast directors they had found their psychopath. I think Baker is a fantastic voice actor, and his Far Cry 4 role was no exception. Without doubt one of my favourite voice actors.

So we heard at the Xbox E3 press conference that Fallout 3 was going to come free with Fallout 4 under the new backwards compatibility feature. However it now appear we weren’t quite told the whole story, as its now been revealed that it is only available for those who pre order the titles. What makes this worse is that is only appears to be on the digital store, where it is £59.99! So not only can I not buy the physical version, I have to pay £10 more than the RRP for this privilege. I played Fallout 3 on the PC but, if I want it again on Xbox One, I guess I’ll have to pick up a pre-owned version.

I shall leave you with today’s game releases:

Have a great weekend!

Matt