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Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aimé Suggests a Strong Launch Lineup for the NX After Wii U’s Failure


The Wii U has some pretty great games, but not all of them make enough use of the console’s dual-screen gimmick to really sell the concept, and they didn’t really make it in time for launch. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that they’ve learned from these mistakes, and they aren’t going to let them happen again with the NX—which is great news for anyone looking for a strong lineup of Nintendo games.

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In an interview with Alist (published yesterday, but dating back to E3 in June) Fils-Aime admitted to the faults of the Wii U launch and said that the Big N would “have to do better” with the launch of the NX. He told them, “One of the things that we have to do better when we launch the NX—we have to do a better job communicating the positioning for the product. We have to do a better job helping people to understand its uniqueness and what that means for the game playing experience. And we have to do a better job from a software planning standpoint to have that continuous beat of great new games that are motivating more and more people to pick up the hardware and more and more people to pick up the software.”

Of course, what essentially boils down to “good games sell hardware” isn’t exactly groundbreaking industry insight, which Fils-Aimé himself went on to admit, but it’s good to know that a strong launch lineup is a priority of the NX. It also meshes well with previous reports that Nintendo has a few of its big franchises on deck to join the NX within its first few months, as well as the rumor that the NX missed the 2016 holiday season not because the hardware wasn’t ready, but because the software lineup just wasn’t there yet.

He also mentioned that Nintendo definitely isn’t interested in rejoining the console power arms race, and that the NX will continue the trend of the Wii and Wii U as far as offering something noticeably different instead of trying to win at the same game Sony and Microsoft are playing. That could be both good and bad, as Nintendo’s attempts to reinvent the wheel when it comes to gaming have frequently brought the company great success and kept things fresh for players, but that’s also come at the cost of alienating third party developers—which could hurt that all-important prospect of a solid game lineup.

Hopefully, we’ll have a clearer picture soon, as Fils-Aimé mentioned they’d start talking about the NX ahead of its March 2017 launch timeframe, and there’ve been rumblings of a reveal as soon as sometime in September.

(via Eurogamer, image via Nintendo)

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