Nintendo Preparing To Re-Enter Console War

We kick off this week’s news with some more information about Nintendo‘s upcoming console…

While the NX isn’t expected until late 2016, that didn’t stop the Wall Street Journal from reporting what gamers could be in store for. According to the report, the console will come with “at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use.” This would imply our earlier thoughts that a hybrid console is in the offering — it would make sense to combine the success of their 3DS with the home console, and also make the next natural progression from the Wii U tablet, which did have its own screen, but had to be within several feet of the main console.

In addition, it appears that Nintendo are taking previous criticism about the Wii U’s power, or lack thereof, seriously. According to one unnamed publisher:

 “[O]ne software demo included with the kit crunches so many polygons that it’s currently impossible to run at 60fps using a current-generation Intel (we’re assuming a Core i7 Skylake) CPU and a nearly top-of-the-line graphics card…”

We talked about this on this week’s Game Of The Week Show, and I’ll repeat here that the power of the console is a refreshing surprise (if true) but important if they want to try and attract more third parties back to the Nintendo console family.

Moving on, and some big news that has very excited…the Life Is Strange finale is dropping tomorrow! I have been waiting for this final episode for way too long and will most definitely be playing this as soon as I wake up! In order to celebrate the arrival, Square Enix has released a trailer, which you can see below. The final episode, titled “Polarized, will result in Max having to make the “most agonising decision of her life,” as our adventure in Arcadia Bay comes to a “gut wrenching conclusion.” If you haven’t check this game out I highly recommend you do, you won’t regret it.

Remastered games: I think it is safe to say that we have seen a fair few over the past 18 months. Well don’t expect to see any of EA‘s games being remastered in a hurry. In a recent interview with Peter Moore, EA’s COO had the following to say on the subject:

“It feels like pushing stuff out because you’ve run out of ideas.”

“We’re a company that just likes to push forward.”

“For a lot of companies, remakes are a way to drive revenue. It’s sub-cost, it’s an IP that’s there, you can remaster, and that’s great. We don’t do that here. I don’t think that’s ever been in our culture.”

While some people may state that Moore’s comments are a little hypocritical given their annual sport franchises, I actually like what he has to say. I’m not going to go down that rabbit hole about annualised releases but, for the record, I happily buy FIFA and NHL every year. I guess the only disappointing thing that can be drawn from these comments is that you can pretty much rule out a Mass Effect trilogy coming to PS4/Xbox One — not that I personally wanted this anyway. New games are always a good thing!

Closing the news, and Neil Druckmann — Co-Director for Naughty Dog — has been discussing how Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End represents the “end of an era” for the studio. Speaking to OPM, Druckmann shared the following:

“We get more and more that feeling of this definitely [being] the end of an era for us as a studio.”

“We’ve been with this franchise for almost ten years now from inception all the way to this point. Luckily, we don’t get too much time to dwell on that feeling because we’re so busy, but every once in a while… you know?”

It appears more and more that this really will be the final adventure for our hero Nathan Drake, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. It will be interesting to see what Naughty Dog do next, and whether or not we will see another Uncharted game again…

Until tomorrow,

Matt