Nintendo for a period of time in the ‘80s and ‘90s ruled over the relatively young gaming industry. It found success once again with its motion-sensing Wii console a decade ago but struck out swinging with its follow-up, the ill-fated Wii U.

With Microsoft and Sony prepping a historic mid-cycle console refresh in Project Scorpio and the PlayStation 4 Pro, respectively, it’s easy to forget that Nintendo also has a new gaming machine waiting in the wings in the NX (and even more so considering Nintendo has remained tight-lipped about it thus far).

According to one developer and publisher, it’ll be hard to overlook Nintendo’s new system once it arrives.

During a recent meeting with investors, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said he believes the NX will put Nintendo back in the race. That’s in addition to statements given earlier this month in which he praised the NX as being a fantastic machine with a genuinely new approach. It’s Nintendo coming up with something new again, he said, and Ubisoft loves it.

Whether or not Guillemot’s praise is more than just business talk is unclear. As Venture Beat correctly highlights, it’s in the company’s best interest for Nintendo’s upcoming console to strike a chord with gamers seeing as Ubisoft is in the business of selling software that’ll run on it.

Gamers shouldn’t have to wait too much longer for details on the NX as Nintendo said earlier this year that it plans to release it globally in March of next year. All we really know – or rather, all we think we know – is that the machine will be a hybrid portable / living room console that may use cartridges.

Lead image via Yuriko Nakao, Reuters