Nintendo NX release date: console to focus on content, not power


Nintendo may have had a successful stint at the recently held Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), but they have still kept the mysterious Nintendo NX out of the public eye, to the dismay of many fans. Nevertheless, Nintendo of America president and CEO Reggie Fils-Aim offered an explanation as to why the tightly guarded console has yet to break cover.

Talking to Bloomberg in the wake this year’s E3, Fils-Aim shares that the multinational corporation is making sure that the NX is well equipped before making its public debut. However, the CEO was not pointing to the hardware improvements but rather, the supplementary content that will go with the device.

“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…We’re focused on bringing our best entertainment to both the Wii U as well as the NX in the future. So for us, whatever Microsoft and Sony are doing in terms of talking about new systems, that’s for them to fight out in that red ocean,” Fils-Aim divulged.

The comments are reminiscent of the previous statement of Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima explaining that they are making sure that ample games can be enjoyed via the NX when it is finally released. Furthermore, he was also more concerned about the longevity of the console instead of its initial impact.

However, an article by Forbes points out the precarious ground that Nintendo is standing on given this mantra of content over performance. The media outlet shares that it was the same thinking that sent their Wii U console down the drainage as third party developers left it because of its mediocre capabilities. This has left the Wii U slowly dying with the final axe delivered by Nintendo themselves, as they are rumored to be considering stopping production of the console by 2018.

In fact, the Nintendo NX has already shown some signs that it may encounter the same problems that the Wii U has suffered. Earlier this year, third party studios aired their grievances as Nintendo has supposedly been keeping the NX dev kits out of their hands. With no information to work with, the developers find it tricky to create content for the NX.

Nintendo NX is scheduled for an official launch in March of next year.