Nintendo's Next Generation - Game Watch Special

In this special, one off Game Watch I discuss what Nintendo has announced this week, and what it could mean. 

The NX

Some of the biggest of the news from Nintendo's Press Conference on Tuesday was the announcement that a new console was indeed in development. This comes only three years after the release of the Wii U - which has since turned out to be a bit of a flop. Up to 31st December 2014 the Wii U has sold 9.2 million units - less than both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in a shorter period of time.

While consoles are undoubtedly always in development (ie. I should think Sony and Microsoft are already designing the next PlayStation and Xbox) what's interesting is that the Wii U hasn't really been out for that long at all. This is almost Nintendo's first acknowledgement that it hasn't done as well as they hoped it would. Saying that, it could also be that they simply announced this to make sure people weren't worried they were going mobile only. In support to that Iwata did say that we wouldn't be hearing any more about the NX until "next year". Speculations are rife about what it could be. I should think it will be similar in design to the Wii U, but the Gamepad will work as its own device (ie. a tablet to play the mobile games) almost like the Vita is to the PS4 through remote play.

Nintendo On Mobile

Also during their Press Conference, Nintendo announced that after years of speculation they are finally delving into the mobile market. The games that come to mobile will be made in joint partnership by Nintendo and DeNA - they will also be completely new games rather than ports of older games.

This really seems like a smart move, and one that has been a long time coming. If Nintendo can bring the quality and finish to their mobile games that they do to their console titles then this could be incredibly lucrative for them. I know for one that I'd love to be able to play some proper Nintendo on my phone!

New Membership Service To Replace Club Nintendo

Nintendo also announced a new service that will be “compatible with a variety of devices including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, as well as Nintendo’s dedicated video game systems". This is obviously what was lined up to replace Club Nintendo when it was originally announced earlier this year that the old service would be phased out. 

To read more about this please follow this link to Gamespot.

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