Whilst little has been revealed about the Nintendo NX, speculation online has gone crazy theorising the potentially portable-home console hybrid. Can the upcoming Nintendo console redeem the Wii U’s commercial failure?

Despite the Wii U holding many great and original first-party titles, commercially the Wii U has failed to attract wide and mainstream markets. Various aspects such as the vague naming, lack of advertisement and little third-party support contributed to this failure. During the launch of the Wii U, its original high pricing was unjustifiable too. Nintendo has promised that they’ve learnt from their mistakes, but how important is it to avoid a mistake in the NX’s pricing?

An Analysts Opinion:

Research analyst Michael Pachter has recently spoken to GamingBolt, claiming a hybrid console: “could have trouble getting noticed.”

The often-critical analyst expands on his point saying:

“I think that NX will sell well if it gets third-party support, and in order for that to happen, it has to be something that publishers think will sell well.”

His statements mimic many generalistic opinions found from Nintendo fans such as the subreddit /r/NintendoNX. He does however share some opinions based on the pricing:

If it’s a console and costs $199, it will sell extremely well; if it’s a handheld and costs $399, it’s dead in the water.  The odds are that it’s something in between, but I don’t want to guess until I see what it is.”

– Michael Pachter, GamingBolt

The Importance of Pricing:

In comparison to Mr Pachter’s comments, the Wii U launched a Basic model for $299.99 and a Deluxe model for $349.99. The console suffered from sales due to its high price not justifying the underpowered system and lacking quality games.

The NX – when released – will be in heavy competition to the Xbox One / Xbox One S & the Playstation 4 / Playstation 4 Pro. These are consoles that already have a wide library of games and huge third-party support from AAA publishers and indie developers alike.

Mass Effect Andromeda 4K screenshot from PS4 Pro
Mass Effect Andromeda 4K screenshot from PS4 Pro

The NX will most likely be slightly underpowered than a standard Playstation 4 and avoid competing with rival consoles. If done right, Nintendo’s charming franchises can redeem the console’s status. Yet even then, the Wii U had Nintendo’s fantastic IP’s and still didn’t become widely popular. The price must stand out to consumers if it’s to gain any attention.

Breath of the Wild:

If priced right, Nintendo could be at a major advantage of attracting consumers. Big titles such as Super Mario or the confirmed Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild could potentially be played at home and on the go. There’s no need to buy further devices to activate a ‘remote play‘ feature.

Nintendo may in fact be holding onto many unreleased and unannounced Wii U titles which could be delayed for the NX. Whilst all of this is hypothetical, the NX could introduce various different unreleased games on launch offering true portability for home console games.

This is the same Nintendo who’s mastering smartphone portable gaming with Super Mario Run and an upcoming Animal Crossing game. Therefore Nintendo could in fact perfect the portable gaming experience while still retaining home console quality.

Also if this launches successfully with these various portable / home first-party titles, third-party developers may be more encouraged to sell their games on Nintendo’s platform too!

While the NX is yet to be fully revealed, there is a lot of potential lying in the system to be Nintendo’s game changer. More news and updates will be available on yBaX-Play.com

3 thoughts

  1. Nice! Yeah, I definitely think Nintendo has the chance to pull themselves out of their current rut with this system. I just hope they know what they’re doing– having a potential six month window between announce and release could be make it or break it. Great post!

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