Nintendo's NX Is "Really Great" and Has Potential to Draw in Casual Gamers, Ubisoft Says

"We think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to continue to grow."

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Assassin's Creed and Far Cry publisher Ubisoft is optimistic about Nintendo's NX console. CEO Yves Guillemot said today during an earnings call that the system, from the publisher's vantage point at least, is looking "really great." He also mentioned that he believes the NX may draw in casual gamers, a point that CFO Alain Corre brought up in an June interview with MCV.

"On the NX, what we have seen is really great," Guillemot said. "We think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to continue to grow and to take a lot more casual players back to the industry."

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Nintendo's Wii console was a huge hit with more than 100 million units sold, success that was fueled in part by the fact that it appealed to casual gamers. Its successor, the Wii U, was a failure by comparison, selling 12.8 million units by Nintendo's latest count.

The NX is due to launch in March 2017. It's rumored to be a console/handheld hybrid that uses "industry-leading" technology, though it remains to be seen what that means.

Software development kits for NX, which is only a codename, were reportedly sent out in October 2015. Ubisoft confirmed at E3 this year that the next mainline Just Dance game is coming to NX, though it's possible the company is also working on other titles for it.

Nintendo's next earnings briefing is scheduled for July 27, at which time the company may provide more details about NX.

Also during the briefing today, Guillemot said Ubisoft is also "really excited" about Microsoft's slimmed-down Xbox One S system, which begins its rollout on August 2.

"We are really excited by the Xbox One S because it's going to continue to boost the market and bring better graphics," he said. "We will be able to give more immersions to our players."

In other Ubisoft news, the company had a strong fiscal first quarter, with overall sales rising 44 percent and digital revenue breaking a company record.

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If NX plays on my big screen TV and they launch it with good games and then keep good games trickling in on a regular basis don't see why it will fail, even if it is geared to include casuals and mobile gaming. Wii U failed for a few reasons, the biggest being that there are so few good games for it. Other reasons included too heavy a focus on the controller and confused marketing before and after the launch. To this day, some people don't realize that Wii U is a NEW system, not an add-on to Wii.

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@debateme: that whole first part you babbled about...yeah, not gonna happen.

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@debateme: The Wii U was a fine product, but Nintendo apparently thought that it would sell by word of mouth. Honestly, I would really like to know one product that has done well without advertising just based on the momentum from its predecessor's success.

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@XxParasite: It still is, until the NX comes. The Wii U is a very good system. It's Nintendo that screwed the poor system themselves by releasing weak entries and barely getting 3rd party support. Heck, even indies don't release much on the system.

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@kaminobenimizu: It never was a good console, sounds like a fanboy statement. It doesn't have the power the 3rd parties wanted plain and simple...it's specs are comparable to last gen consoles. Is it any surprise the 3rd party would ditch them?

Now the next (NX) console will likely fall into the same blunder...have they learned nothing from Wii U? They already have the fucking casual market lol

Just stop with the hardware Nintendopes. I and most others want the games you make. Go 3rd party. I refuse to shell out for another console. Two is all that is needed for competition reasons. I have my choice of console and a decent PC, that covers practically everything excluding exclusives.

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@label07: In theory, it is a good device. Just underpowered and lacks space (a bad device wouldn't be saved even if it got these two things right) and it seems most of the games on it forces us to use the gamepad as if it was a Wiimote (which is Nintendo's bad sense of judgement if true). But if we were to remove these things (well, in the case of power, add more of it), it could have been good. Oh yeah, and add a bigger storage capacity (I face palmed when I saw that meager 8 GB and 32 GB).

People try to make it sound like it was the Virtual Boy. Now, this one, not a single thing could be said to make it seem good. Not a lack of power but a lack of understanding on how to create something good, under supported even by its creator, forces users to bend or other unnatural positions to use (I've heard you had to look through lens or something), red/black colors to do "3D" which made some get headaches, ETC.

The Wii U only has a lack of power, space, and Nintendo being stubborn and forces us to use the tablet more than needed.

The Wii U could have been what the NES was at the time, but Nintendo definitely screwed up. It had good ideas going on, but they didn't put enough money into it for more power. Oh yeah, and I am not sure if the story about the battery life being short is true. But if it is, then more the reason to allow people to NOT use the tablet and use a pro gamepad instead.

Well, for a device to be good, it should not overheat (however, if a game is badly optimized, it is not the creator's fault), should be in the industry's standards for people to actually release things on it (in the Wii U's case, it failed two major factors alas), and it should be supported by its creator as well.

It could have been truly great, the gamepad idea was a nice gimmick, but everything was just haphazardly thrown together way too soon.

I am not sure if you read the NX article yet (it was posted on the 27th I think?), but they said it was a portable device based on lastest "info", I am not sure if the infos are leaks from reliable sources, or just rumors (from anyone). So if Nintendo create portable devices as powerful as the Wii U, they won't fail that badly, considering it will be a portable system with a great library (like the 3DS). Nintendo doesn't entirely need to get out of the competition, just the "home" console business since they can't compete against Sony and Microsoft (come on, they even crushed the Vita, but it's not like Sony helped themselves... they marketed the Vita as if it was a darn remote for the PS4 or merely a "second" screen for it while it was SUPPOSED to be an entire handheld on its own).

Well, yeah. The Wii U came out one generation late. So it could be seen as "bad", but for what it is, it's good (unlike the 3DO, Jaguar, and a few other systems that are just plain bad and cannot be seen as good, even if miraculously they got a few good games released on them).

Actually, the Wii U should have been the Wii...

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Wait and see. I'm hoping for a great console.

And if you're hoping it's gonna bomb?

You're a sad fanboi!

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Seeing how the casual market brought them success before, in both home entertainment systems (Wii) and in the field of mobile applications, I fear we will see a new console centered around similar practices, rather than a powerful core system ala Gamecube.

It wouldn't surprise me if they intergrade some kind of connection between the console and mobile phones.

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@stelios: They won't make a high-priced high-end system like Neo and Scorpio; it'll be cheap, probably comparable to an original PS4.

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"Potential to draw in casual gamers"

everyone on here winced when they read that.

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@p_botty: Yup. They just admitted the hardware will be weak by not saying that this is for AAA games or for core gamers.

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@Trickymaster: You realize that they've only announced Just Dance at this point, right? Casuals are Ubisoft's only market on NX as far as we know right now.

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@p_botty: yup....kiss of death right there...

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They said casual, yet the Wii had a bunch of fantastic games on it, despite being gimmicky. It felt like the NES all over again after a while. It was fun. And the Wii had a lot of exclusives, while the PS3/360 were mostly multi platform and most of the "best sellers" ended up being on PC anyway (until I made an effort to get interested in the PS3/360 and saw they had a bunch of games despite the overwhelming amount of them being on PC as well).

Anyway, they said it had the potential to draw in casuals, but it doesn't mean it won't have the same support of the Wii U (early days Wii U that is) with games being for any type of gamer. The Wii U had more games suited for non casual than the Wii ever had. Mostly because the games were from the PS3/360 as well (or sequels for them, or made by Platinum Games)...

Or maybe developers will use it as some alternate platform to create unique things. Like they sometimes create things on tablets. That would be the best outcome if it still cannot compete with the PS4/X1.

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@kaminobenimizu: I also hope they'll have a Miichievement system. Hey, the pun sucks, but I am sure they'll name it like that if they ever have one. They LOVE their Miis.

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I don't like the fact they said casual, which means it's probably another gimmick. If it's powerful enough to compete though I probably won't care

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@BahamutZERO: 3D in a 3DS is a gimmick, but can easily be switched off, and has some of my favorite gaming experiences.

But in all I just hope Nintendo don't focus too much on whatever gimmick they have planned, and make it more an optional feature.

The WiiU really made a bad move throwing that tablet on us. It was garbage for most games.

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@BahamutZERO: Hopefully the gimmick is just the rumored handheld/console hybrid thing.

That's a gimmick I wouldn't mind. Could work out really well.

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@BahamutZERO: Ubisoft said casual, but Nintendo hasn't said any such thing. Ubisoft announced Just Dance for NX, so it looks as if they're betting on there being casuals among the early adopters.

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Just hope its not all just talk like with the Wii U. :P

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Nintendo need to make a machine that also appeals to hardcore gamers, not just casuals and no feckin gimmicks!!!

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@bigbadcrawford: The NES and SNES had a crapton of gimmicks and they worked like a charm as well. They just have to NOT force these on people and it's fine.

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yeah they say that now to build hype but we know they will release crap game on it and it will die a painful death in a matter of time. I wonder if it will be like the WiiU or like the GC or worst ... like the Virtual Boy

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@Coco_pierrot: You mean the official headache simulator lol

GC was alright.

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I doubt they'll be able to sell another consumed to casual games. Most casual gamers just play mobile or tablet games. The Wii was so unique and offered the Wii sports, which offers alot to casual players, especially middle aged individuals. I just don't see the NX having the wow factor to bring in casuals.

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It will probably be a gaming tablet

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One, I'm buying it cause I buy every console. Two, I'm scared as to what it is.

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@novasolid: I've got a turd with a cable sticking out that Im calling a console. $400. Where do you want it shipped to?

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@zerohournow: Does it has ANY game confirmed for it? Can it read discs, can it go on the internet, can it download digital things? If not, heck no! Plus, does it smell bad? Because, a turd, such as the turds in Dr Slump seems to smell good (plus they are pink, blue, or green).

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@kaminobenimizu: sure it has games, they are due to come out of someone's ass anytime now....

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@zerohournow: I think you are confused with the Wii's game library...

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@novasolid: It's a Tyranosaurus Rex disguised as a Nintendo product that will eat all your cereals and milk in the house. Watch out, you have been warned!

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"...Draws in casual gamers."

Yeahhh...cause that's really worked out for Nintendo before. (Rolls eyes).

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@Gravity_Slave: Wii says hello...

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@SolidSnakeJT: lmao please! The Wii? Just about everyone who bought a Wii has it sitting in a box or a drawer somewhere. It was all front end success. A gimmick. No one plays it. Yet the 360 and PS3 came out long befor it and they are still widely played. The Wii was a long term failure.

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@Gravity_Slave: oh shut up, i never said i liked the wii, i only said it was a financial success. Dumbass!

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@SolidSnakeJT: The Wii U would say hello to the Wii but it isn't saying much because it's been buried alive and it's just waiting for the oxygen to run out.

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@catsimboy: wii u was not as much casual as the wii though.

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@SolidSnakeJT: It would've been if it actually had the sales to back it up. If the Wii U sold well you know EA and Activision would've skeeted all over it with bad minigame collections.

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@catsimboy: the Wii U didn't not sell well. Besides, what are you even comparing it to?

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@Gravity_Slave: Nice double negative bro. I was saying the Wii U didn't sell as well as the Wii. The Wii sold tons of units so publishers like EA would make crappy minigame collections that grandparents would buy for little Timmy because they didn't know any better. That coupled with waggle controls, Nintendo's kid focused games, and the Wii's weak hardware making it so third parties wouldn't publish most mature games on it made the Wii the "casual" console.

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@catsimboy: thing is, it was too expensive from the start.

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Uh-oh.

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Isn't the Wii-U already casual lol? Captain Toad, Yoshi, Mario Bros Wii-U, etc are games that a grandma could dominate in.. it's not like Nintendo has Metal Gear Solid, Doom,Dark Souls, type games lol.

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@sonypony4eva: No they have Bayonetta 2. .

Your move.

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@sonypony4eva: It's funny because Nintendo had Doom on SNES and N64, and they had Metal Gear Solid on GameCube too. Now if only they could bring that sort of support back instead of being in their own corner...

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@sonypony4eva: yoshi and mario are not grandma friendly... you guys dont know what casual games are!

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@SolidSnakeJT: Hey, my grandmother played Resident Evil 4! She didn't care for the other games in the series, though.

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@XxParasite: then, your grand mother is awesome!!!!

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@SolidSnakeJT: Was, sadly. Nine years ago. Didn't quite make 70.

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