Nintendo announced today that they’re teaming up with a company called DeNA to bring their characters to mobile platforms. It’s going to be huge for the company, as their characters are well loved and the primary reason that most people still buy Nintendo consoles. It’s the reason I do. I don’t have an Xbox One or a PS4, but I do own a Wii U. It’s pretty much all that I play because it’s got great games and its’ backwards compatible with my large collection of Wii titles.
Nintendo’s chief Satoru Iwata commented: “As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX.'”
Details about the new console will be revealed in 2016. Nintendo is very good at coming up with game-changing ways to play, and the addition of motion control gaming with the Wii was a significant change in the gaming world.
One interesting thing is that you could see where Nintendo was headed almost before they went there. I remember when I got the Wii, and they had motion control, I wondered what was next. I thought they would do something that would allow them to bring DS games to the virtual console. Then they showed the game pad for the Wii U console at an E3 show. But this time there are not precedent setting things, that they’re doing.
Here’s are a few thoughts:
VR/AR: Seems to be the hot direction right now in tech. They did try a while back with Virtual Boy, but that was their only real fail.
3D: Now that the New Nintendo 3DS has eye tracking, it could be included here.
New Wii U gamepad: It could be a new Gamepad to replace the one that currently comes with Wii U, that has all of the above included.
The chart above makes me feel that Nintendo is, in fact, going to create a new dedicated system which will act as a successor to Wii U.
I’m a big fan of the Super Smash Bros. series of games, having started out with the Nintendo 64 version of the game. This year, for the first time ever, they’re bringing Smash Bros. to mobile, with a release on the Nintendo 3DS in addition to the Wii U version.
And from the looks of things, this could be the best edition yet. They’re releasing the same game onto both of their platforms, within the same year. There will be differences in graphics, with the Wii U one obviously being next generation graphics. Both will also feature online play, but not cross console (probably because of some technical limitations in allowing that).
The one thing that I’ll miss from the Wii version of the game is the Subspace Emissary. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a huge game that you played through to unlock many of the characters in the game. I had a great time playing it, and will miss it this time around.
When can we get the game?
I’ll update with exact release dates when I know them. Feel free to bookmark this entry and check back.
What characters are in the new Super Smash Bros. games?
We’ll start with the veterans:
This week, a new Batman game in the very successful Arkham Asylum game series was announced. I haven’t seen the trailer myself, but from what I understand about the game, it includes a Batmobile that you can control for the first time in the series. This is what Rocksteady is calling “The Epic Conclusion to the Arkham Trilogy.” I have Arkham Asylum for the Xbox 360 and got Arkham City for Xbox 360, followed by the superior Armored Edition for Wii U. And I purchased Arkham Origins, also for Wii U, and thought that it was a suitable prequel to the series that included great new game mechanics. I have been looking forward to announcements of DLC gameplay for that game, until recently when I learned that the next sequel in the series would be announced soon. And then it happened, and the first headline I saw mentioned that it wasn’t coming to Wii U. Instead, it’s only going to be released for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Is it power related, or is it money related? And I’m not talking about revenue. Read the rest of this entry »