Nintendo Says No NX and No Smart Device Announcements at E3

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Oh, and no announcements about Nintendo’s quality of life platform. Guess you’ll just have to be content with 3DS and Wii U news!

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At Nintendo’s recent investors meeting, company honcho Satoru Iwata was asked specific details on the upcoming home console that’s codenamed Nintendo NX (for example, the investor wanted to know if the “N” in “NX” meant “Nintendo”). Earlier this spring, when Iwata first announced work had begun on the console, he said the new system wouldn’t be fully revealed until 2016. Sounds like he meant it!

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“We do not plan on talking specifics about the the NX until 2016,” Iwata said again during the investors meeting. Explaining why the announcement was made so early, Iwata said he didn’t want people to think the smart device collaboration with DeNA meant that Nintendo was abandoning home gaming systems.

“Presently, we cannot talk about the time period when it [the NX] will go on sale or what it’s like,” Iwata said. “Because we are calling it a ‘new concept,’ we are not thinking of this as a ‘simple replacement’ for the 3DS or the Wii U.”

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Iwata has previously been vague when discussing the Nintendo NX.

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Since this year is 2015 and this year’s E3 gaming expo takes place in, well, 2015, do not expect Nintendo to talk about the NX. Don’t expect announcements about smart device games, either.

“Incidentally, we’re getting various questions for this year’s E3, like ‘Won’t there be a NX announcement?’, ‘Will there be a presentation on smart devices?’, or ‘Will there be more on the quality of life platform?’ However, since we understand that E3 is an event for dedicated video game machines, we do not intend to discuss the smart devices as well as quality of life.”

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Here again, Iwata repeated that even if there are expectations for a Nintendo NX announcement at E3, details won’t be revealed until 2016. At least, there aren’t plans for such a presentation.

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DISCUSSION

It always makes me laugh how much Nintendo apologists will run to defend Nintendo over the Wii U by saying “What are you talking about? There are games!” and then proceed to list a selection of sequels and HD remakes. New Super Mario Bros U, Super Mario 3D World, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country Returns Tropical Freeze, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, etc. All of those games are completely derivative of what came before them, and while some are excellent games in their own right (Smash, Mario Kart, 3D World), it doesn’t negate the fact that these aren’t new experiences even within their particular franchises. They’re rehashes of things we’ve already played before.

Splatoon is Nintendo going in the right direction, here’s a game that’s completely new and the only thing it derives from is a time when shooters were less serious and more fun. But that’s a game that’s coming out 3 years into a console’s life, and it doesn’t look like much else is on the horizon aside from Star Fox and Zelda.

I don’t say this to put Nintendo down, but rather to wake everyone up. I’m a Nintendo fan since the N64 days, and I want to see them succeed, which is why I choose to be critical of the moves they’ve been making. Its not enough to just accept what scraps they’ve given us so far, even if each and every game I’ve mentioned is good, none of it justifies the need for a whole new system or the gamepad.