Ubisoft CEO says NX could put Nintendo "back in the race"

By Shawn Knight ยท 23 replies
Sep 30, 2016
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  1. 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

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  2. Fobus

    Fobus TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +48

    I don't think Nintendo following the lead of Trump is good... When is keeping a console that's gonna launch in 7 months in secret ever a good thing? Unless it's gonna be later
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    I'll believe it when I see it. I've been burnt by Nintendo way too much.
    Evernessince likes this.
  4. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    I can understand Nintendo's shyness, especially when other companies tried to adopt the motion. Of course that met with very limited success on their part, while it was pretty much the core feature. They later improved it with the MotionPlus, either integrated or an add-on piece for games that used precise movements. Wii U wasn't so much a bad console, as trying something out that.. didn't really make sense in terms of name marketing. Also the power was very much like Nintendo, a middling CPU with a beefy GPU in the Wii U to drive things which.. didn't sit well with everyone.

    I imagine with moving away from PowerPC to the rumored ARM architecture, which is more or less being confirmed at this point. Nintendo might have a fighting chance in something useful, that could serve the needs they want to try and solve. Only thing I'm hearing as a serious issue is battery life, which is similar to the gamepad's battery issues. You can always swap it with a larger one from Nintendo, which I've seen but even then it might only last another hour or two.

    There's a lot happening and I never got an N64, which is a great console of it's time. Gamecube I also passed up and feel bad about it, I jumped on the Wii pretty much end of lifecycle. I grabbed the Wii U mid-cycle and enjoy it, when I have those who want to play games together. Sure there isn't the 300+ game library that people expect, but there are games that have been indeed fun to play. Not to mention things were exclusive and I doubt they will abandon their platform, to dump basically everything on another console or PC anytime soon.

    I appreciate them branching out, and trying to find alternatives for revenue. Especially since 3DS is starting to slow down now, and Wii U sales have "mostly" come to an end as of late. People are sitting back and waiting for the NX to make a reveal, because it's getting in the console pretty much end of life seems kinda silly. Unless there's games on the platform, people want to play and can't find anywhere else.
    Reehahs likes this.
  5. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 574   +316

    Nothing beats a Nintendo console for offline multiplayer. Only ever managed to play in pairs on PS/Xbox, nothing 4 player really appealed except for LBP and Halo. Can't say the same for Nintendo where there was always Smash, Kart and lot of other Mario titles.
    mbrowne5061 likes this.
  6. Fobus

    Fobus TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +48

    Reehahs and qking like this.
  7. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    3rd party developers are getting lazier and more efficient. They want to develop for the PC and port down to the consoles - or vice versa.

    What they don't want to do is have to rebuild their product - from scratch - for some underpowered gimmick hardware.

    Nintendo needs to DROP OUT of Console production and double down on software for other systems. Pokemon Go for Android and iOS was a CASH COW.

    When they put Metroid, Castlevania, and their other IP on the mobile platforms they'll see...
  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,104   +1,280

    I think you mean "for family games", pretty much every other console has better multi-player games
    Reehahs likes this.
  9. amghwk

    amghwk TS Addict Posts: 209   +83

    Cartridge is not a good news.
  10. J spot

    J spot TS Addict Posts: 150   +78

    Cartridges sound amazing.
    qking likes this.
  11. Pewzor

    Pewzor TS Rookie Posts: 22   +13

    Hmm nice 720p screen as well. I am totally dazzled.
  12. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,662   +1,096

    Not gonna happen. Zelda won't save this console.
  13. Misagt

    Misagt TS Addict Posts: 150   +88

    I'm sure glad I play on PC. Built my latest rig 5 years ago, it's still more powerful then the consoles and these mid cycle refreshes. I'd be really annoyed to by a console only to have to start replacing it everything couple of years.
    qking likes this.
  14. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 574   +316

    I am specifically talking about offline multiplayer. It doesn't exist on PC with the exception of some indie titles. 2 player cooperative doesn't count. It always bugged me that you could do 4 player local gamewith Killzone, Burnout, and Ratchet 'n' Clank on PS2 yet can't do the same on later console. Online is fantastic for games with lot of player per match but playing with people you know is always better.
  15. Fobus

    Fobus TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +48

    Dude, I didn't write PC for no reason. Practically every PC game supports local multiplayer. Why do you think LAN parties were popular?
  16. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    "were" being the operative word here. as for having a couple friends over to play in a game together, well, I guess my friends and I are just to old to even consider lugging our pcs around.
  17. Fobus

    Fobus TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +48

    Yeah, but only because of ubiquitous internet now and well baked in online multiplayer as well as supporting services like TS, hamachi then or Discord now. It's because there are better options now, not because it didn't exist/was worse on PC than consoles, like that ******* claims. In fact, it was much more advanced than anything on consoles.
    Reehahs likes this.
  18. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    I actually like my wii u way more then my xbox one. It seems to be the only co op couch console left. Iv even bought a few nes titles on the wii u. The wii u is highly under rated.
    Reehahs likes this.
  19. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 124   +35

    you ever played with 4 people on the same PC and same screen?
    Reehahs likes this.
  20. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    Why isn't it good news. With access speeds faster that disk based solutions it could offer a far superior solution. Also remember in essence a cartridge could simply be a a nice fast SSD drive. No need to perform system game installations so no need for massive store on the device itself.
    Reehahs likes this.
  21. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 574   +316

    Hamachi was awesome.
  22. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 574   +316

    Yup, it was harder because the monitor was much smaller then the TV. Though you could play Smash like game without struggling on screen but had to fight your corner on the keyboard.
  23. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 574   +316

    It is easier to lug controller around or a console then a whole PC until laptop came along to be decent. Though school lab are fantastic substitute for LAN parties for UT, CS and Quake running off from USBs.
  24. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 747   +357

    ...when was the last time you saw any offline multiplayers for PC? At all? They all require networking and multiple machines of some kind.
    Reehahs likes this.

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