Nintendo Releasing NX In 2017, Has Light Plans For E3

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Nintendo held their annual shareholders meeting today and made several announcements regarding their upcoming system currently codenamed NX, their mobile games, the next game in The Legend of Zelda series, and what they’ll be doing for E3.  Firstly, we have a release window for the NX for March, 2017.  The next Zelda title has also had its release pushed back to 2017 and is planned to release simultaneously for both the Wii U and NX.  They also released a new piece of concept art featuring Link (pictured above), although it doesn’t reveal anything new about the game.  An official title for the new Zelda game has yet to be announced.

Two more mobile games were announced, but there are currently no specific details publically known for either title.  All we do know is that one will be based on the Animal Crossing series while the other is based on Fire Emblem.  Animal Crossing certainly seems like a good fit for mobile with its focus on casual play and social interactions, but the Fire Emblem mobile game could easily rub its core fanbase the wrong way depending on how it’s handled.

Finally, Nintendo had some shocking announcements for their E3 plans.  They stated that the NX would not be unveiled at this year’s E3 and would not have any presence at the event whatsoever.  Not only that, the new Zelda game will be the only Nintendo game to have a playable demo for the entire trade show.  That’s not to say that it will be the only game Nintendo will discuss at E3, but any other games will be restricted to trailers and interviews.  While there hasn’t been an announcement regarding it, it seems unlikely that the Treehouse Livestream will be broadcasting throughout the week given that they’d only have one title to work with for four entire days.  The rest of the year is looking uneventful for the Wii U now that Zelda has been pushed back as the only other titles known to be in development for the system currently are Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Paper Mario: Color Splash, and Bandai Namco’s free-to-play game Lost Reavers.

What are your thoughts on the news to come out of Nintendo’s shareholders meeting?  What are your hopes for the mysterious NX?  How do you feel about their E3 plans?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Predicting the NX Launch Title Line Up

All signs are starting to point to 2016 being the year the NX comes out. This is a really exciting time for Nintendo fans because it’s the time for one of the most fun parts of a console pre-launch: speculation!

At this point in time, NX can be just about anything, but when looking at Nintendo’s latest initiatives  and projects, it is not too difficult to see a trajectory of what NX might be. Odds are, it is finally going to be the console that combines the home and mobile consoles. With that being said, it’s time to take a crack at guessing the launch titles, whether that means on the actual launch day or the launch window, for this system! All of this, of course, is an educated guess and we most likely won’t know what will really be launching with the console until E3 2016.

Until then, though: ONWARD WITH THE SPECULATION!

Dragon Quest X and XI

This has already been confirmed by Square Enix, though no release date has been announced. Moving on.

Super Mario 64 HD

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of this very dated, but very important, video game. To celebrate the anniversary, I can see Nintendo making this as a launch game, mainly because all Nintendo home consoles launch with some form of game from the Mario franchise. The textures, game models, and the camera would be upgraded to that of a modern game, but other than that it would be virtually the same with the inclusion of the extra characters and levels from the DS version. Maybe this time, Waluigi will be in the game. A man can dream.

New Retro Studio Project

Retro has been working on something since the release of the last Donkey Kong Country game. No one knows exactly what it is unless they work for Retro, but it’s definitely in development. Maybe it’s a new DKC or Metroid game, but most likely it will be something completely different. Whatever it is, it’s been in development for a while so there’s a good shot it’ll release on the NX relatively close to launch.

Pikmin 4

Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed this game is in production and almost finished. You can’t get much more clear than that. This will most certainly be a day one game.

Legend of Zelda Wii U/NX

People have been speculating since it was announced that this game was going to pull a “Twilight Princess”. The more we hear about NX, the more that theory seems like it’s going to be a reality. Expect to see it on the Wii U and NX on the day NX is released.

Yooka-Laylee

This game is coming out next fall, and so far it looks amazing. Being that the game is a spiritual successor to an original N64 series, Banjo-Kazooie, I can see Nintendo giving the developers some extra funding to port it to the NX.

Guitar Hero Live/Rock Band 4

To me, this seems obvious. The goal of both of these games is to be a platform, so it would make sense for them to release on the new Nintendo console. Not much more to say about it.

Some Dancing and Sports Games that I won’t Play

Its seems that most consoles are released with some dancing game I never play along with the current game in the major sports franchises. The Just Dance series, I believe, has been a launch title on all major consoles for awhile now. Also, every time a console launches, the current Madden, FIFA, etc. is also available day one. This one seems like a shoo-in.

Mario Maker 2

I am loving Super Mario Maker. I don’t really make levels, but I’m having a blast playing other people’s levels. Due to the popularity and sales of the game, an updated version will probably release for NX that includes more features *cough cough*checkpoints*cough cough*. The only thing that really pokes holes in this prediction is that the NX will most likely be backwards compatible for Wii U and 3DS, which would make a Super Mario Maker successor useless.

Final Fantasy XV

Ok, so the next two on my list are a bit weird and quite a long-shot. So anyone else remember that this franchise was once a Nintendo exclusive? If you don’t, I can’t blame you as it hasn’t been the case for nearly 20 years, not the mainline games anyway. Now, I don’t think FFXV will be an NX exclusive by any means, the game is clearly multi-platform and associating a lot of its marketing with PS4. However, back when FFXIII came out, the franchise finally jumped to Xbox and it is totally plausible for the franchise to now jump back to Nintendo. If the NX does indeed have equal or better internal hardware as the PS4 and Xbox One, it would make sense for the game to also come to Nintendo.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Remember, the third game in this franchise launched with the Wii U. That’s pretty much my only reasoning to be honest.

Lego Dimensions/Disney Infinity/Skylanders

Whatever the year’s version of these games will be, they will probably come to the NX because all of them are selling well. The NX probably needs these franchises more than these franchises need the NX.

The Amiibo Game

So, all of the other video games with toys actually have games attached to them. This is the one thing that makes the amiibo differ from Skylanders. That being considered, since Nintendo is also restocking many of the more rare amiibo. All of these things considered, I can see the Nintendoland/Wii Sports sucessor that will be bundled will be one based on amiibo. That would make the NX also come bundled with somewhere between 1 and 3 amiibo to get players started in the game. Most likely the bundled amiibo will be a new Mario, Link, and Pikachu.

New Metroid Game

I don’t think this game will be done by the team behind the Prime series, but I do believe a new Metroid Prime-styled game will be released on NX relatively early. I don’t mean a spin-off like Federation Force either (although I do not think Federation Force will be bad) it will be a mainline Metroid game. Since Retro Studios will most likely not be behind this game, I believe a developer like Next Level Games, the people behind Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon,  will be the the ones to take over.

Well, those are all the games I can think of that will be released within the launch window of the NX. Of course, there are other games that are almost guaranteed to be made, like a new 3D Mario and a Splatoon sequel, but I doubt they will release within the launch window. Either way, I can’t wait for more NX info from Nintendo in 2016!

Pikmin 4 is in Development

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Fans of Nintendo’s quirky take on real-time strategy are in for a treat as a fourth installment in the Pikmin series is in the works and expected to reach completion soon.

In an interview with Eurogamer, series creator and industry legend Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that Pikmin 4 is “very close to completion”.  Interestingly, the interview was actually held in July earlier this year, but the details were only publicly released today.  Nintendo has a habit of keeping their games under wraps until their nearing their release, so the delay was likely made at Nintendo’s request.

It’s also worth noting that Miyamoto never specified the system that Pikmin 4 is being developed for.  The obvious suspect would be the Wii U, the same system that hosts Pikmin 3, but it’s also probable that it’s being developed as a launch title for Nintendo’s next console currently known as the NX.

Alternatively, there’s a chance that Pikmin 4 could even be the series’ first foray into portable play and release on the 3DS or even be one of Nintendo’s early experiments with mobile development.  That’s purely wild speculation, but anything is possible at this point.

Are you excited to lead your army of carrot-men to battle?  What system do you want to see this game release on?  Leave a comment below and let us known what you think.

Nintendo To Start Making Mobile Games

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Nintendo will partner with Japanese mobile development giant DeNA (pronounced DNA) to create mobile games for iOS. The move comes after years of pressure from the company’s fans and shareholders alike to move into mobile gaming.

In a DeNA press release, it was announced that “both companies will develop and operate new game apps based on Nintendo’s IP, including its iconic game characters, for smart devices.” In other words, we might be seeing Mario and Zelda mobile games as well as brand new games. But if you’ve been waiting for a mobile port of the original Zelda or Pokemon games, you’re going to be disappointed. Nintendo also said they would not be making any direct ports of their older games, “only new original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created.”

Along with the mobile gaming announcement, it also teased a new console called Nintendo NX. There’s no information about the NX yet, other than that it will be a part of a brand new Nintendo membership service (similar to how Club it was before it was shut down), which will encompass all Nintendo devices and smartphones. We shouldn’t expect to learn anything new about the NX until next year.

Nintendo NX Plans

Nintendo were quick to make clear that their move into mobile gaming is not to replace their console games. Instead, the mobile games seem to be intended as a way to generate more sales of their console games, presumably by generating enough interest in the smaller-scale mobile games to encourage users to buy a Nintendo console. It’s not the way most people expected Nintendo to go when they finally made the jump to mobile gaming, and it’s also left a lot of people cynical that Nintendo will adopt a free-to-play model, supported by in-game microtransactions, that makes console gamers cringe.

That cynicism is understandable. DeNA, founded in 1999, launched Mobage Toww in 2006 (known as Mobage today). Mobage is a social mobile gaming platform, designed to encourage players to connect with their friends to facilitate the spread of freemium games. Nintendo is not the first company to trust DeNA with its IP. Mobage today hosts Star Wars games, Transformers games, Blood Brothers, and even Peter Molyneux’s Godus. When it comes to making free-to-play games, there’s no one better than DeNA. They hold several of the top-grossing free-to-play games in the world, and they all rely on in-game purchases.

Nintendo recently tested the free-to-play waters with its free 3DS title, Pokemon Shuffle. It was basically Candy Crush for the 3DS, right down to even the microtransaction system. Given that Nintendo has already waded into the murky free-to-play waters, it makes sense that whatever mobile games it plans on releasing will follow a similar model. That’s why they partnered with DeNA. The move has raised concerns with console gamers, but at this stage there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Nintendo seems to want its mobile games to compliment is console games, which means its core 3DS and WiiU releases shouldn’t be affected.

Regardless of how gamers feel about the announcement, it seems investors are jumping for joy. Nintendo’s share prices went up by 27.5 per cent for the day to $18.22 per share. Nintendo’s stock price hasn’t been that high since early 2014.