What’s up everybody and welcome to the Nintendo News Roundup. Did you miss any of the news regarding Nintendo this week? Well, look no further. Here you’ll find the important news, not so important news, and Nintendo things that are just news to me.
Nintendo still doesn’t care about power
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime was interviewed by Bloomberg while he was attending E3. Bloomberg asked him how the Nintendo NX would stack up against the PlayStation Neo and Microsoft’s newly announced Project Scorpio. Reggie had this to say about it:
You know for us, it’s not about specs, it’s not about teraflops, it’s not about the horsepower of a particular system. For us it’s about the content. Nintendo is a content focused company. We create entertainment that makes people smile so for us, we’re focused on bringing our best entertainment to both the Wii U as well as the NX in the future.
Nintendo has always marched to the beat of their own drum, but for them not to care about specs is not a good idea. They are still holding on to hope that they’ll catch lightning in a bottle twice and I don’t think it’s going to happen. Do I believe in content over power? Absolutely. However, Nintendo already tried this and failed with the Nintendo Wii U. The power was lacking and Nintendo was stretching themselves so thin that they couldn’t release any first party games in a timely manner. When they did release first party games a lot of them were spin-offs. Animal Crossing, Hyrule Warriors, and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse were shells of what they should have been.
The problem could have been mitigated by third parties, but the gap in power between the Wii U and the PS4/Xbox One was such that some games wouldn’t be possible on the Wii U even if they wanted to put them on the system. The differing architecture and forced use of the gamepad (which Nintendo still can’t figure out what to do with) didn’t help the situation either. The Nintendo NX doesn’t have to be the most powerful system when it launches, but it NEEDS to be at least on par with Sony and Microsoft. I have a Wii U and I enjoy the system when I have games to play on it but, if Nintendo NX isn’t comparable in power, Nintendo and gamers are going to relive the disaster that was the Wii U.
You can check out the snippet in Bloomberg’s interview with Reggie Fils-Aime below.
New Pokémon Sun and Moon Information coming next week
The Pokemon company has announced on their official twitter account that next Friday on July 1 they will be releasing more information on the upcoming titles: Pokémon Sun and Moon. The information will be released at 10 PM Japan time so look forward to that. you can check out the tweet below (translation via Google translate).
Nintendo NX may use cartridges after all
The Nintendo NX is still shrouded in mystery. So much so that it is still referred to by its code-name. However, some new evidence has surfaced that may clear some of the fog surrounding the console. On the website, NeoGaf, user Atheerios has pointed out some interesting things about the game patent filing for Nintendo Wii U/NX game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild…You can check out the rest of the article right here on TiCGN.
Nintendo NX information to come out at the end of the year
During an interview with French website La Presse, Nintendo of Canada CEO, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, was asked why, with the Nintendo NX coming out March 2017, would they choose to withhold the Nintendo NX from E3. He had this to say (translation via Google translate):
We decided to focus on Zelda…We’ll talk about the NX by the end of the year. At that time, it will be 100% NX. There (E3), it is 100% Zelda.
At least we finally got a window on when to expect some Nintendo NX news. With the announcements of the new Sony and Microsoft consoles, I hope it’s using this extra time to try and beef up the system a little bit more or refining whatever the new gimmick is going to be.
Notable game releases this week (via Nintendo Press Room)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – Slay monsters – and slay like a pop star – in this new RPG from acclaimed developer ATLUS. An interdimensional evil has invaded modern-day Tokyo, resulting in this fantastical mix of music, style and danger. Battle through dungeons to pump up your strategy and creatively destroy your foes … before all hope fades to black.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Experience the thrill of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by competing with friends as gaming icons like Mario and Sonic. Prove you’re the star of the Games across 17 events, including full team sports: dominate the field in Football (soccer), have a ball in Beach Volleyball and be there for the Olympic Games debut of Rugby Sevens.
Mighty No. 9 – Created by games industry legend Keiji Inafune and a veteran team of developers, Mighty No. 9 transforms classic side-scrolling action with modern tech and fresh mechanics across 12 challenging stages and dozens of mini missions. Face off against your eight Mighty brethren and steal their powers to unlock new transformations for hero Beck, granting him unique skills and abilities.
Wii U Virtual Console:
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team / Blue Rescue Team – The world of Pokémon has fallen into a state of crisis, but heroic Pokémon are fighting back by banding together and forming rescue teams. Recruit wild Pokémon and lead your team to victory in a quest to save the world from some decidedly unnatural disasters.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky – Be a Pokémon and experience the world in a new way! Learn more secrets of Time and Darkness, and journey with your friends on remarkable adventures to save the world.
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console:
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – The third game in the Ghosts ’n Goblins series, Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts follows Arthur in another quest to rescue the princess. Take control of Arthur and defeat the creatures of the night to save the day once more. Discover what glory awaits those brave enough to take on the armies of Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts.
That isn’t all the Nintendo news stories, but those are the important ones to me. If you feel like I’ve missed anything Nintendo related that happened this week that is important or just important to you, please feel free to share them in the comments below.