Originally Posted by Molon_Labe
Just curious what your thoughts are on the recent NX articles. I have been a Nintendo fan since plugging countless quarters into Donkey Kong back in the early 80s' as a kid. I have owned all of the consoles since the original NES, but I think the Wii U may be the end of the road for me. I have enjoyed Mario Kart 8, Tropical Freeze, Smash Bros, and few other titles but the system has overall been a disappointment. The XB1 and PS4 get the most use in the HT room, while the Wii U just sits there.
A recent article on Digital Trends states that a reliable source indicates that the NX will be a hybrid between a handheld and a console. If this is the case, I am definitely out. Maybe I am the minority old crusty gamer, but I just want a solid console, standard controllers i.e Wii U Pro, 1080P, and DTS HD audio would be a big plus. I don't need VR, motion control, tablets, handhelds, etc. I just wish Nintendo would get back to their roots.
It's going to be a tough sell, sadly. Regardless of what the technology inside can do.
I'm actually a pretty big supporter of the "handheld-is-the-console" idea, but I know that puts me squarely in the minority vs. most of the game buying population. I like portability and I like to have the full console experience, and I think technology is getting pretty close to being able to combine that in some fashion very soon, and that sounds like just the kind of gimmick that Nintendo would embrace. I mean, I don't personally care if the NX supports16xAA (Ninty needs to adopt SOME AA, tho) and runs locked at 60FPS in 1800p... because I doubt that's not going to make my Ninty games better
per se. Although I'd love to see a large closing of the graphical gap with Sony and MS, I can't imagine a first party Nintendo game where supersampling is going to be the tipping point that makes people run out to buy the new system. But a console not already outdated at launch would be a welcome change!
And if we have to be honest I think we all know that, when we finally see the specs, the NX won't be even be as powerful as the PS4. They won't go from 0-60 here, that's not in their DNA, and they don't have NEAR the internal resources to develop games for that kind of a system- which is the real issue for Nintendo right now, which the NX is unlikely to fix: Ninty has almost no 3rd party support, and it's not coming back any time soon.
Let's say NX is just a unified platform, ala iOS, and it's supported by a new handheld as well as a new console, and both of those are top-of-the-line tech, like, can play super awesome Crysis 3 level stuff. Dropping a new high-powered system into the current ecosystem mid-generation is suicide: with no install base, what developer will want to put the required resources into developing games for Day 1 or early-lifecycle release?
The publishers that have essentially left Ninty to beg for their year old ports won't bother to jump on board to early, they're making plenty of money from existing platforms that already have a massive audience. Things were different in the GCN/PS2 era, but that changed pretty rapidly as Ninty got all fat and happy with the Wii's success and stopped returning people's calls. By 2009 all but the big developers and shovelware houses had shrugged their shoulders and moved on to greener pastures.
The real hardcore gamers, who have passed on the Wii U and don't regret it, are gonna be a hard sell, too. Fans of shooters, MMORPGs, racing, etc are already getting their jollies on PS4 & XBONE, having a new Nintendo console that can play what they already have -but marginally better- isn't going to drive a lot of purchase. Plus they love online, trophy hunting, twitch/youtube streaming, chat... all things that Nintendo has NO idea how to do yet, let alone try to create a better experience that what's already out there. Miiverse HD ain't it.
Indies might adopt earlier, but they rarely require the kinds of tech that giant AAA games require... and... no, no, now I'm just making myself sick. I gotta stop thinking about this and go play SMW. Nintendo never lost the race when I turn on my SNES!!