A recent job listing published by Nintendo of America states that the company is looking for someone who edits video/audio for TV commercials, game trailers, Nintendo Direct, web content, demo kiosks, internal and external presentations, and general marketing purposes. It seems reasonably likely that Nintendo will eventually want to build on late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata’s throughly enjoyable Nintendo Direct presentations which were a great way of speaking directly to Nintendo fans.
More NX rumours have emerged reiterating information that has come before with a sprinkling of additional bits. As with all NX rumours this information should be taken with a grain of salt as Nintendo has previously stated that they won’t be sharing any information about their next platform until next year. That being said it’s always nice to get some speculation going. Here’s the latest batch of rumours.
- He’s under strict NDA with Nintendo Japan
- Informations are from march 2015, with some updates from june-july
- He received a bunch of patents (some of them are publics now), info about what Nintendo is planning and a list of games potentially in development (some of them may or may not have been cancelled), third parties included
- NX is a platform, not tied with a single device
- Wii U is still in the picture thanks to good software results for games like Splatoon, will still be the main home console in 2016
- 3DS is a bit old, they’re planning of replacing it. Some games will still come out on it, but big projects are being moved on portable NX
- With NX, Nintendo wants to create a platform where they can develop software for multiple devices with ease, from the home console to the portable to smartphone and tablets. They’ll have a big catalogue available for multiple platforms, with cross buy, cross saves and cross play, similar to what Microsoft is doing with Xbox One and PC thanks to Windows 10 (that allows to play many Xbox games on PC, which is also getting a bunch of ports from Xbone). Each platform will still have exclusive games
- NNID is tied to the single device, but it will allow to share details between platforms, like friend list, contents, local coop games, etc. Thanks to the new membership program (the successor of Club Nintendo), we’ll benefit from the new Nintendo policies in terms of rewards
- They’ll show the portable in spring 2016, will be out for the end of the year or spring 2017 max. Specs will be higher than PS Vita but nothing mindblowing, screen resolution should be 540p, considering 720p if costs go down. BC with 3DS was problematic
- Wii U successor will not have an optical drive, which will be optional. It will sync with the portable (not obligatory). Specs won’t be super high, but close to PS4/X1 (doesn’t know how much, like with the portable this is still subject to change anyway). Cross games will look better on the home
- Nintendo is focusing a lot on the anti-piracy system
- Big focus on the OS as well. They hired people that worked for Google on Android, the guys who worked on the Gamecube OS and Wii U browser are there too. Optimized versions of the same OS for every NX platform (think, again, W10), each with its set of specific functions. Updates will come out at the same time, they’re focusing on making the OS blazing fast on every platform
- The home console can connect with the portable to send to it its own version of the games you buy, will use the same tech as the Wii U-Wii U Gamepad streaming to do that, or the internet connection
- The home will have bc with the Wii U. Gamepad should be compatible as a controller, considering selling it standalone. Can connect with the portable for offtv and bc. WiiMote compatibility is being considered too. As for support, since the new home won’t have an optical drive, they’re considering an external one. Also being considered NNID/eShop bc for titles bought on the eShop. Seems they’re considering digital games sharing too, but this bit is not perfectly clear
- The portable will have its own internal memory, which will be expandable
- There will be a complete overhaul of online infrastructures, but Nintendo is determined to hold successful operations as Miiverse, extending it even further and making it a central hub for communications by developers and a meeting place for players. It will be even more interactive with the ability to upload videos and screenshots in an integrated system and not dependent on the game
- Voice chat and interactions between users will be revisited too, much will depend on the users age though, to protect the minors
- The home will be out 6-12 months after the portable, creating the “NX system” that will allow Nintendo to better use their resources in games development
- They approached third parties during E3. Capcom, Square-Enix, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts already have devkits. Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Sonic, F-Zero and Metroid are in development, doesn’t know if these are main episodes or spin offs. Zelda is currently a Wii U only title due to high development costs, but they can reconsider to have another big game at NX launch
- Prices will be low, 200-300€ (for the home?), considering a bundle with both for no more than 500€
- Many of these things will be discussed in future Nintendo Directs, which will have a different host in every market if Nintendo can’t find a new CEO by october
- A new 3D Mario will be shown, along with a new Zelda trailer. Retro moved their project on NX, will not be unveiled before 10-18 months
- They’ll talk about a new “Club Nintendo”, which will be in full function with NX
- Considering making agreements with phone carriers in order to better manage applications like Miiverse, Club Nintendo and the ability to purchase software by phone. Some of these will be out by March 2016
- Is everything set yet? Yes, but with Nintendo you’ll never know. If he has updates he will share them with us.
A lot of you want to purchase the 8-bit modern Mario figure, but the only way to get him at present is through a bundle. However, leaked documents from Walmart, that have appeared on Reddit, suggest that 8-bit Mario will also be sold separately at some point, but is likely to be a retailer exclusive.
NeoGAF member ShockingAlberto, who has a decent track record, is reporting that XSEED are unhappy with Nintendo America’s last-minute decision to publish Devil’s Third. Initially it was reported that Nintendo of America has decided against publishing the troubled title and that another developer would be picking the game up and publishing it in the United States. That publisher was thought to be XSEED. However, Nintendo of America is now publishing the title in North America and this has apparently left XSEED irked and displeased with Nintendo.
XSeed was super not happy with Nintendo taking back publishing. This likely harmed their relationship long term, so we’re even less likely to get situations where Nintendo passes on something and XSeed picks it up.
I’d guess they weren’t coming out and saying so because of an intended marketing plan.
Thanks, Bill H
A few days back we posted a listing for a Shovel Knight amiibo that was part of the Super Smash Bros series via Spanish retailer XtraLife. Many assumed it was a dubious listing due to the image that was being used. Now Unseen64’s Liam Robertson has heard from a number of industry sources that suggest that the retail listing was in fact the real deal and that Shovel Knight is indeed heading to Super Smash Bros as part of the Super Smash Bros fighter ballot. Check out the video below for all the juicy details.
We know that Xenoblade Chronicles X is coming to both Europe and the United States this December. What we don’t know is when in the festive month it is coming. EB Games Australia has recently updated its website to say that the game will be coming on December 15th. There’s also set to be two special editions you’ll be able to get hold off. The Xenoblade Chronicles X Wii U Premium Pack which features a black premium Wii U console, a physical copy of the game, an Artbook and a World Map poster and the Xenoblade Chronicles X Limited Edition Pack which features a physical copy of the game, a SteelBook cover, a World Map poster, a Cover Art Poster and the Artbook.
Reddit amiibo moderator FlapSnapple is reporting that the various amiibo that are due to go on sale on September 11th at GameStop won’t be available for pre-order this time around. If this proves to be true (and FlapSnapple has a decent track record) then it is no doubt going to be a pain for amiibo collectors. The four amiibo that are apparently set to go on sale on September 11th are Ganondorf, Olimar, Zero Suit Samus and 8-Bit Classic Mario.
- There will be no preorders
- A limited amount will be available on GameStop.com
- Allocation sent to each store based on previous amiibo sales (This is the same thing they said about the Retro 3-Pack)
- amiibo would be sold on a first come / first serve basis (as usual)
- No word yet on if they will do tickets like they did for the Retro 3-Pack