Nintendo: We Hope The NX Will Be A Very Big Hit

Nintendo discusses its hopes and aspirations for its next console.

Posted By | On 23rd, Jun. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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The Wii U is a bomb- a complete and utter, dismal failure, of the kind that the mainstream gaming industry has not seen since the Sega Saturn. It has a great lineup, and Nintendo has done its best to support it, but its lifetime sales still aren’t even matching those of Sega’s Dreamcast- two and a half years after its initial reveal.

In a context such as this, with all games output for the Wii U basically drying up, all eyes are on Nintendo’s next console, the NX, announced under mysterious circumstances, but not discussed at all. Nintendo has remained cagey about it entirely, deferring all conversation and discussion of their next throw of the gauntlet to next year, but in an interview with NPR, famed Nintendo mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto let slip his aspirations for the system.

“After Wii U, we’re hoping that [the NX] will be a very big hit,” he said.

He also discussed the reasons for the Wii U’s failure in a surprisingly candid answer.

“I don’t think it’s just price, because if the system is appealing enough, people will buy it even if the price is a little bit high,” Miyamoto said. “I think with Wii U, our challenge was that perhaps people didn’t understand the system. But also I think that we had a system that’s very unique — and, particularly with video game systems, typically it takes the game system a while to boot up. And we thought that with a tablet-type functionality connected to the system, you could have the rapid boot-up of tablet-type functionality, you could have the convenience of having that touch control with you there on the couch while you’re playing on a device that’s connected to the TV, and it would be a very unique system that could introduce some unique styles of play.

“I think unfortunately what ended up happening was that tablets themselves appeared in the marketplace and evolved very, very rapidly, and unfortunately the Wii system launched at a time where the uniqueness of those features were perhaps not as strong as they were when we had first begun developing them. So what I think is unique about Nintendo is we’re constantly trying to do unique and different things. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they’re not as big of a hit as we would like to hope.”

Whatever the reasons for the Wii U’s failure – and there are many – I hope that Nintendo has learned a lot of lessons from the Wii U’s failure, and that it has taken a good, long, and hard look at how it approaches the console market. They cannot afford to fail again with the next system. It is now do or die time for them.

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  • Swiftright Right

    OR maybe it was they sold an entire series of Wii Us that had a hard drive that could barely store the OS let alone game saves. Or maybe it was how on opening night people stood in line till midnight and got the thing home only to be confronted with a 2-4 hour long mandatory update. Or maybe it was the bad joke of a release line up coupled with the fact that new releases were anemic for a year.

    It certainly was NOT people’s inability to understand such a complex and nuanced system

    It’s kind of sad since a mid 2013 launch would likely have lead to a somewhat competitive system.

    • Mark

      Let alone 3rd party multiplat support & comparable online functionality rivaling the X1 and PS4….

    • Orion Wolf


      There’s an article I’ve read where devs complained how Nintendo threated 3rd party.

      Basically, Nintendo never really cared about 3rd party and the devs had to almost beg for any help with the console. It’s no wonder (besides the abysmal sales of 3rd party games) there’s no actual 3rd party support.

      In addition, their comments on how hard it is to make a HD game and all the things they’ve said about online is making them look like they’re (still) stuck in the 90s.

    • Drewidian

      Don’t forget that it also was a system that allowed for whichever user had the controller with the screen to have a competitive advantage as well as a better gaming experience over those who didn’t and you could connect only one of those.

  • SpecialNewb

    Wii U had fun group games but it just lacked the power to deliver the single player experience I like, that’s why I just wasn’t interested.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Failure is them exiting the console business entirely, but they haven’t, so rather it’s a setback.


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