New Nintendo Boss Lays Out 2016 Plans: NX, Theme Parks, And More

New Nintendo Boss Lays Out 2016 Plans: NX, Theme Parks, And More

Tatsumi Kimishima

Nintendo's new president Tatsumi Kimishima says the company will release NX "details" in 2016.

In an interview with Japanese business newspaper Mainichi, new Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has laid out his plans for the company for 2016, focusing on the NX, smart phone apps, theme parks, and more.

Thanks to translator Serkan Toto, we have the basic gist of Kimishima's address. First up, concerning the NX itself, Kimishima said that the company would release "details" in 2016, but didn't mention what any of these details would be. He did stress that with the NX, he wants to surprise fans with new ideas instead of simply building on old ones.

He said that the company's smartphone and theme park initiatives are progressing well, but he also hopes to licence Nintendo IP to things such as TV anime and movies. Do I smell a reboot of the live action Super Mario Bros. movie?

While the company's first smartphone app, Miitomo, won't feature Mario and co., Kimishima did confirm that smartphone apps with Nintendo's famous characters would come in 2016.

He hopes that these new initiatives will bring the company's yearly profit up to 100 billion yen within the next four years - a bold claim considering that that number is over 4 times what Nintendo made last year.

Source: Mainichi (Japanese) via Twitter

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Not detailing what the NX is still seems like a bad idea to me. It seems like it would create consumer reticence to invest in their current products. I know its influenced my potential for buyng a Wii U and would influence whether I bought a 3DS if I didn't already have one.

Something Amyss:
Not detailing what the NX is still seems like a bad idea to me. It seems like it would create consumer reticence to invest in their current products. I know its influenced my potential for buyng a Wii U and would influence whether I bought a 3DS if I didn't already have one.

Not sure how anything they do will change that honestly.

This is probably the most official announcement about the NX since people learned about it and everything since then has been speculation. Hell, they might not even know entirely what the NX is yet. Not really much of a point to announce somethin if you don't have absolutely everythin locked down and ready to talk about.

shintakie10:

Not sure how anything they do will change that honestly.

Knowing if it's a gaming console, an add-on, or a service would likely be very helpful to the consumer.

Simply this basic level of information is what should keep people from buying a Nintendo product if they're concerned with obsolescence.

This news just reminds me of Xbox One's TV & Sports hype.
But this time around its Nintendo with Movies & Theme Parks.
On the bright side they didn't announce Metroid Pachinko.

Theme park you say? I would certainly like to ride go-kart on a rainbow-painted tracks.

Also,

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... a stretch?

RatGouf:
This news just reminds me of Xbox One's TV & Sports hype.
But this time around its Nintendo with Movies & Theme Parks.

But it's Nintendo, so that makes it okay.

On the other hand, I'm not quite ready to throw the Big N under the bus, just yet. I'd like to see what Movies and Theme Parks entails. A Nintendo ride at Disneyland Tokyo? An animated Mario or Metroid film? Maybe they actually wanna do that Zelda Game of Thrones style show?

On the other hand, I'd really like some clarification on exactly what the Hell the NX is going to be. A system? A service? Some chimera of both with a theme park ride and a movie? The longer this drags out, the worse off I feel Nintendo will be in this console generation. Though, they were already in a weak position.

RatGouf:
On the bright side they didn't announce Metroid Pachinko.

Hurray for lowered expectations!

Saltyk:

RatGouf:
This news just reminds me of Xbox One's TV & Sports hype.
But this time around its Nintendo with Movies & Theme Parks.

But it's Nintendo, so that makes it okay.

On the other hand, I'm not quite ready to throw the Big N under the bus, just yet. I'd like to see what Movies and Theme Parks entails. A Nintendo ride at Disneyland Tokyo? An animated Mario or Metroid film? Maybe they actually wanna do that Zelda Game of Thrones style show?

On the other hand, I'd really like some clarification on exactly what the Hell the NX is going to be. A system? A service? Some chimera of both with a theme park ride and a movie? The longer this drags out, the worse off I feel Nintendo will be in this console generation. Though, they were already in a weak position.

RatGouf:
On the bright side they didn't announce Metroid Pachinko.

Hurray for lowered expectations!

RatGouf:
This news just reminds me of Xbox One's TV & Sports hype.
But this time around its Nintendo with Movies & Theme Parks.
On the bright side they didn't announce Metroid Pachinko.

I'm confused, is it the bi-monthly time to bash Nintendo for everything they do even if it's just a rumor or just a general "this is what we're focusing on for the upcoming year" interview? The only new thing announced was the posibility of TV animation or movies. We knew about everything else since last year.

Also, Nintendo does it so everything's fine? Do we read the same forums? No matter what the news on Nintendo, it's negative, negative, negative. It's at least the exact same as when other companies does completely bone-headed things and people don't chase negative rumors for the other companies. Nintendo can do no wrong? Nintendo can do no right for the Internet.

Something Amyss:

shintakie10:

Not sure how anything they do will change that honestly.

Knowing if it's a gaming console, an add-on, or a service would likely be very helpful to the consumer.

Simply this basic level of information is what should keep people from buying a Nintendo product if they're concerned with obsolescence.

It's a game console. Whether it's a home console, a handheld console, or a code name for both their handheld and home console is the question. Besides, both the PS4 and Xbox One tried their hardest to hide the details until the reveal conference. Granted, both were leaked months in advanced but holding your cards until the big reveal is normal for all companies.

xaszatm:

It's a game console. Whether it's a home console, a handheld console, or a code name for both their handheld and home console is the question. Besides, both the PS4 and Xbox One tried their hardest to hide the details until the reveal conference. Granted, both were leaked months in advanced but holding your cards until the big reveal is normal for all companies.

We didn't know about their consoles more than a year beforehand. They didn't talk about them more than a year beforehand. We did, however, know explicitly they were consoles from the word go. Even if "console" loosely means "TV machine."

Since they are actively acknowledging it, something as simple as clarifying where in the market it fits would be invaluable, and not doing that is stupid. This is apples and oranges.

You only need to look at these boards to see this as a problem in action. I would dare say your average Escapist is more informed than your average consumer, even if only slightly so. Still, we have had more than a few posters who thought NX was coming out last Christmas, and it's been just around the corner for months. People are actively avoiding a purchase because there's been such a large window of talking about how this thing is totes coming. You know this, I don't need to tell you. You're in every one of these threads defending Nintendo. The irony being that the fact that your stewarship is so necessary speaks to the exact problem I'm raising. Simply put, you would not have to constantly correct people if this wasn't a shitty idea that was putting people off their products in the first place.

I'm confused, is it the bi-monthly time to bash Nintendo for everything they do even if it's just a rumor or just a general "this is what we're focusing on for the upcoming year" interview?

This...is an ongoing trend, which again, you are aware of. Not only have you been quick to defend Nintendo at every turn, but you've acknowledged the lack of new content in this interview. The thing is, this is exacerbating a bad situation. I'm not even really sure how anyone can say otherwise. Surely the fact that you feel the need to so readily defend them should be a sign there's something amyss *cough* ummm...amiss?

Or is this a more general thing? Nintendo isn't under attack because people have dared criticise an ongoing business "strategy."

shintakie10:

Something Amyss:
Not detailing what the NX is still seems like a bad idea to me. It seems like it would create consumer reticence to invest in their current products. I know its influenced my potential for buyng a Wii U and would influence whether I bought a 3DS if I didn't already have one.

Not sure how anything they do will change that honestly.

This is probably the most official announcement about the NX since people learned about it and everything since then has been speculation. Hell, they might not even know entirely what the NX is yet. Not really much of a point to announce somethin if you don't have absolutely everythin locked down and ready to talk about.

True, but just mentioning it, after Wii U's lineup has dried up to the extent it has, doesn't help my interest. I liked ZombiU, the Yarn Yoshi and Super Mario 3D World when I played them on friend's consoles, and I want to play Hyrule Warriors, but the WiiU seems like it's going to be abandoned, so it's hardly worth picking up for me. Think Nintendo ought to work out exactly what they're doing with their consoles, 'cause this current strategy doesn't seem to be working. Launching the U before the other Next Gen consoles, and making it less powerful, again, bringing over a bunch of other console games and then, what exactly? It doesn't seem exactly brimming with support, and there's some sort of NX hovering on the horizon. The word I heard was that it's their next console, and also some ridiculous stuff about using cloud computing to give it a performance boost.

xaszatm:

I'm confused, is it the bi-monthly time to bash Nintendo for everything they do even if it's just a rumor or just a general "this is what we're focusing on for the upcoming year" interview?

Dude. Stop.

I have this weird feeling the NX will wind up being Nintendo's "32X".

Something Amyss:

xaszatm:

It's a game console. Whether it's a home console, a handheld console, or a code name for both their handheld and home console is the question. Besides, both the PS4 and Xbox One tried their hardest to hide the details until the reveal conference. Granted, both were leaked months in advanced but holding your cards until the big reveal is normal for all companies.

We didn't know about their consoles more than a year beforehand. They didn't talk about them more than a year beforehand. We did, however, know explicitly they were consoles from the word go. Even if "console" loosely means "TV machine."

Since they are actively acknowledging it, something as simple as clarifying where in the market it fits would be invaluable, and not doing that is stupid. This is apples and oranges.

You only need to look at these boards to see this as a problem in action. I would dare say your average Escapist is more informed than your average consumer, even if only slightly so. Still, we have had more than a few posters who thought NX was coming out last Christmas, and it's been just around the corner for months. People are actively avoiding a purchase because there's been such a large window of talking about how this thing is totes coming. You know this, I don't need to tell you. You're in every one of these threads defending Nintendo. The irony being that the fact that your stewarship is so necessary speaks to the exact problem I'm raising. Simply put, you would not have to constantly correct people if this wasn't a shitty idea that was putting people off their products in the first place.

I'm confused, is it the bi-monthly time to bash Nintendo for everything they do even if it's just a rumor or just a general "this is what we're focusing on for the upcoming year" interview?

This...is an ongoing trend, which again, you are aware of. Not only have you been quick to defend Nintendo at every turn, but you've acknowledged the lack of new content in this interview. The thing is, this is exacerbating a bad situation. I'm not even really sure how anyone can say otherwise. Surely the fact that you feel the need to so readily defend them should be a sign there's something amyss *cough* ummm...amiss?

Or is this a more general thing? Nintendo isn't under attack because people have dared criticise an ongoing business "strategy."

I'm more on the defensive because the other site I'm on bashes Nintendo with such ferocity it pisses me off. And yes, people here are mostly more rational in their complaints. But after seeing multiple people say "Sakurai can't make a good Smash game after Melee", "Myamoto should stop making games", "I'm glad Iwata died, now hopefully Nintendo can follow what I want!", "anything Japanese is horrible for video games so Nintendo needs to be more Western", "if only someone white was in charge of Nintendo, they wouldn't be having any problems!" and the like has made me extremely exasperated over anything negative over Nintendo. And those are the things I'm talking about the bi-monthly bashing. It's not on this site (or if it is, usually focused around as about as many members who rush to its defense so like 2 or 3 posters at max) but after a while EVERY mocking feels like a "let's piss on Nintendo for irrational reasons". This site tends to be more apathetic to Nintendo than anything else.

And no, this is NOT exacerbating a bad situation. I think you're confusing how this source came to be. This wasn't an investor's meeting, nor a formal announcement of plans, nor a Nintendo Direct, nor anything that would call for new information. It was a small interview that consisted of one question: what is the future of Nintendo. The article is like less than a page long. I'm not entirely sure why you'd expect some grand announcement for Nintendo in such a small source. That'd come from like a press conference, an inverstor's meeting, a Nintendo Direct, things where they could show it out in full force. I mean, Sony and Xbox did something similar where they just did a recap of what their plans are going forward. That doens't mean that Sony or Xbox have nothing else planned, right?

Also, it's not Nintendo's fault that people mistakingly believed the NX would come out last year. Nintendo has stated multiple times in both their places where they announce big (Directs, Investor's Meetings, etc.) as well as in multiple interviews that NX news would not be discussed in 2015 and would be discussed sometime in 2016. Despite this, people adamantly believed that the thing was to be released in 2015. What's Nintendo supposed to do? I mean, when the Internet believes something to be true, it takes a logical nightmare to convince them otherwise, just look at the misinformation that happened with Shenmue 3, some people still believed the Kickstarter was a scam because Sony was going to pay for all of it months after it was all cleared up.

Loonyyy:

xaszatm:

I'm confused, is it the bi-monthly time to bash Nintendo for everything they do even if it's just a rumor or just a general "this is what we're focusing on for the upcoming year" interview?

Dude. Stop.

Stop what? Sarcasticly replying to a post that's sarcastically mocking something else? Am I only supposed to do it at corporations or people we don't like at the moment?

Until I know what the NX is, I won't be buying a WiiU.

So...I guess the wait beings?

AzrealMaximillion:
I have this weird feeling the NX will wind up being Nintendo's "32X".

So, the NX really is going to be a mount for attaching a 3DS to a Wii U gamepad to make the ultimate 4 screen experience. In all serious though, I really hope it isn't an add-on. The Wii product line is already confusing to the general public, even without an add-on. They better remember the 32X and many of those CD add-ons of the 16/32 bit eras failed to keep their respective systems relevant when better hardware was available. They should also look at their own N64 Disk Drive, which offered many things consoles wouldn't see again for another generation but just came out the wrong time in a system's life cycle and at a cost too high.

Something Amyss:
Since they are actively acknowledging it, something as simple as clarifying where in the market it fits would be invaluable, and not doing that is stupid. This is apples and oranges.

Well, my best guesses on why they haven't they haven't revealed any new info are:

A) They want to keep that info away from the competitors for as long as possible. (See how Sony themselves trashed MS when the Xbone's original DRM plan was revealed.) I'm sure MS and Sony still keep tabs on Nintendo, even if all three have said in the past that they're no longer direct competitors.

B) They may still be working out bugs and aren't ready to announce the full feature set yet.

C) The official announcement of what it is and when it comes out may be prolific enough for the general public to catch wind of the details. If it really does completely replace the Wii U and/or 3DS, sales of those could plummet long before the NX is on shelves. The Wii U sold surprisingly decent this shopping season, and it probably would not have done as well with concrete evidence of its obsolescence on the horizon. They may even want the Wii U to do well for another year in order to sell the upcoming titles (some of which may be unknown to the public until E3) for the system.

Although now that the holidays are over with, I sure would like some details as well. With all of the anticipation, the amount of rumors on NX might pile up to the point people could start confusing what is true and what isn't.

OT: Nintendo might as well get back into TV shows and movies. (Though, they better make sure the contracts give them ultimate vetoing power for some of the stupid ideas Hollywood cooks up and have representatives looking over scripts and whatnot every so often.) The child demographic has been shrinking in the traditional video game sector (especially home consoles) for years. TV shows and Movies might renew interest in Nintendo's franchises. Expanding would also be a two pronged attack since Nintendo still has the 20 to 30 year old audience who would be more than willing to buy DVDs and tickets to something that tickles the nostalgia senses.

xaszatm:

Stop what? Sarcasticly replying to a post that's sarcastically mocking something else? Am I only supposed to do it at corporations or people we don't like at the moment?

Defensively jumping in aggressively on Nintendo's account. It doesn't help anyone, and it really doesn't matter. And some of us aren't here to bash on Nintendo, some of us do like them, we're just not on board with this. Like, I'm not sure about the NX because basically, I'm aware that it's floating around somewhere, and that it could be the end of support for the Wii U, which'd change how interested I am in grabbing one. I don't think that the news of the NX being out there (Which it already was) is particularly great tbh, I think that if it's not a main console, then they should jump on that pretty fast, because it hurts the Wii U. Like right now, until they actually announce what this is, my odds of buying a WiiU have dropped to zero.

And yeah, some people are going to bash on Nintendo, whatever. They're a company, who cares? Hell, in one of the examples quoted, they're also taking aim at the xBone, it's hardly just Nintendo bashing. There's plenty of negative news about every other company, and this isn't even on the level of the stuff that EA gets. And yeah, this news is kinda negative. There's no reason to get so aggressive over what a couple of randoms on a forum think about Nintendo. It's Nintendo. They'll keep doing what they do, whether or not commenters give a shit.

Steven Bogos:

Thanks to translator Serkan Toto, we have the basic gist of Kimishima's address. First up, concerning the NX itself, Kimishima said that the company would release "details" in 2016, but didn't mention what any of these details would be.

The colour and the shape.

xaszatm:
Also, it's not Nintendo's fault that people mistakingly believed the NX would come out last year.

It's entirely their fault. Of course deliberate secretiveness on your own product is going to spark hearsay and misinformation.

Nintendo anime and movies you say? I've been hungry for Nintendo anime since before the Paulatena reveal and it would be interesting to see which Nintendo franchise is next in line for an anime. Kirby's Right Back at Ya was a weird (though memorable) show and F-Zero was memetic as Hell...I wonder what would be next in line? Fingers crossed for a Star Fox anime. And of course, fingers crossed for a western release of the Animal Crossing anime they did however many years ago.

Johnny Novgorod:

xaszatm:
Also, it's not Nintendo's fault that people mistakingly believed the NX would come out last year.

It's entirely their fault. Of course deliberate secretiveness on your own product is going to spark hearsay and misinformation.

Oh, for the ideas that it might be a hybrid or what type of console it is? Yeah, I'd agree there. But for the specific case of the NX not being discussed until 2016? That was declared multiple times by Nintendo. In fact, asides from the fact Dragon Quest XI was accidentally revealed to be on the NX, that's all we ever known. If releasing multiple press statements that the NX will be discussed in 2016 doesn't stop people from saying it, then I'm doubting anything else will convince them otherwise.

I am mildly concerned. >_>

His intention to quadruple the money they made last year seems like a dangerous promise, mostly because "how?"

Here's hoping they don't lose their soul and become the next EA or Ubisoft or whoever. :s

How is anybody even slightly confused as to whether the NX is a console or a service? One of the only things we do know is that it's a console...

It is, at the very least, a home console. Whether it is also a hybrid portable or something else in addition is the big question.

I also find the rationale for not buying a Wii U just.. weird. Because their might be a replacement for it in a year you don't want to buy it?

Does the Wii U have games on it that you want to play? Then buy it, you have 4 years worth of games to go through, why is the worth of a console only based on what's going to happen in the future?

People buy retro and/or older consoles all the time, buying a console in the middle of it's cycle or close to the end shouldn't be any different, you are still getting the exact same amount of games.

Obviously I can understand people putting it off until the Wii U has a price drop for it's end of life but I just can't wrap my head around people flat out refusing to ever buy it because there might be a replacement for it. I would still whole-heartedly recommend people buy consoles like the Wii U or PS3 if they've never owned one, there is a huge back catalog of great games to play.

Whatislove:
How is anybody even slightly confused as to whether the NX is a console or a service? One of the only things we do know is that it's a console...

It is, at the very least, a home console. Whether it is also a hybrid portable or something else in addition is the big question.

I also find the rationale for not buying a Wii U just.. weird. Because their might be a replacement for it in a year you don't want to buy it?

Does the Wii U have games on it that you want to play? Then buy it, you have 4 years worth of games to go through, why is the worth of a console only based on what's going to happen in the future?

People buy retro and/or older consoles all the time, buying a console in the middle of it's cycle or close to the end shouldn't be any different, you are still getting the exact same amount of games.

Obviously I can understand people putting it off until the Wii U has a price drop for it's end of life but I just can't wrap my head around people flat out refusing to ever buy it because there might be a replacement for it. I would still whole-heartedly recommend people buy consoles like the Wii U or PS3 if they've never owned one, there is a huge back catalog of great games to play.

If the NX is to be backwards compatible, what point is there in owning a Wii-U then? Seeing as the Wii was compatible with Gamecube games and the Wii-U is compatible with Wii games, it isn't too unreasonable to speculate that the NX will be compatible with Wii-U games.

And thus people are on the fence, should they buy a system now, or wait for it's successor which might be able to do the same and more and invest in that instead. I wouldn't have bought a Wii in 2011, knowing that a Wii compatible Wii-U was going to release soon.

Johnny Novgorod:

xaszatm:
Also, it's not Nintendo's fault that people mistakingly believed the NX would come out last year.

It's entirely their fault. Of course deliberate secretiveness on your own product is going to spark hearsay and misinformation.

It's not Nintendo's fault at all.
How can you think they would release a console last year when you didn't have absolutely any details on it from Nintendo? They never stated anything officially, so what did you base your assumptions on when it will release on? Everything about NX are baseless rumors and it's not Nintendo's fault that people just jump on them and eat them up because Nintendo didn't explain anything.
There is secretiveness because it was nowhere near ready to be revealed, and it still isn't. So why would they reveal something that maybe won't ever get released? Or that might receive drastic changes since it has a long time to go to a finished product?

Every year we have some company talking big about something and revealing it too early only for it to get scrapped or changed and get people mad. Oculus is the most recent example. They esteemed it would be close to $350, but since they changed components the price jumped up a lot and what did they get from that? Only negative publicity. Releasing information too early will never work out good for the company. But since it's Nintendo, people will rather accept the obviously fake rumors instead saying "hey, lets take a step back and wait for Nintendo to give an official statement". So doomed if they release information and doomed if they don't.

Also Nintendo gave several press-releases to people because of those baseless rumors. Several times did they say it will be revealed and discussed in 2016. They had also do make a press release that they aren't going out of the console business. Something so mindlessly obvious had to be explained because people love making up fake rumors about Nintendo. So if you seriously thought that Nintendo planed to lunch it last year, you're simply ignorant.

xaszatm:

Oh, for the ideas that it might be a hybrid or what type of console it is? Yeah, I'd agree there. But for the specific case of the NX not being discussed until 2016? That was declared multiple times by Nintendo. In fact, asides from the fact Dragon Quest XI was accidentally revealed to be on the NX, that's all we ever known. If releasing multiple press statements that the NX will be discussed in 2016 doesn't stop people from saying it, then I'm doubting anything else will convince them otherwise.

Welcome to the internet; people will believe falsehoods because it sounds more appealing than reality, which is logical but boring and thus lacks the spice of histrionics. And gamers wonder why they're not taken seriously by anyone, least of all by Nintendo.

Anyway, as stated previously this really is just a vague comment from Kimishima after one question in a small article. Anyone who's been paying attention will realize that the NX is still being shut behind closed doors until the time is right (which means probably E3). I would say the most interesting bits are Kimishima mentioning theme parks (which was announced a few months back with no update since) and the possibility of adaptations into other media. Considering Nintendo's track record I expect to see new anime series based on their franchises more than anything.

BiH-Kira:

Johnny Novgorod:

xaszatm:
Also, it's not Nintendo's fault that people mistakingly believed the NX would come out last year.

It's entirely their fault. Of course deliberate secretiveness on your own product is going to spark hearsay and misinformation.

So why would they reveal something that maybe won't ever get released?

Why would they announce it for that matter?

Or that might receive drastic changes since it has a long time to go to a finished product?

Because by deliberately keeping this new product of theirs a mystery, they're sabotaging their own sales, because consumers don't know whether to bet on current-gen tech or double down on the Mystery Box. This should be fairly obvious, if not by the comments on this thread, then by the fact that Wii U sales have been 1) the slowest-selling in Nintendo's history and 2) consistently plummeting.

xaszatm:

I'm more on the defensive because the other site I'm on bashes Nintendo with such ferocity it pisses me off.

Experience tells me this is probably more mild criticism. Like, literally 99% of Nintendo "hate" is blown out of proportion. Okay, maybe literally 80% and figuratively 19%. And you have now called reasonable comments you had specifically just balked at and referenced bashing Nintendo. Maybe you're too defensive.

Also, it's not Nintendo's fault that people mistakingly believed the NX would come out last year.

Not the point. This whole thing is damaging, which is exactly why you're in every single Nintendo thread I post in doing damage control. Nintendo doesn't have to fix this problem, but I didn't say they had to. Nintendo is within its right to switch to making pogs for all I care, but what they're doing right now is stupid, and trying to argue who's at fault doesn't solve things.

Fine. It's not Nintendo's fault. What now? They till have the problem that people are uninformed about the NX, about what it is, what it does, and when it will come out. This is likely hurting them. Now it actually is in Nintendo's court to fix that if they want to. Because you telling me what the NX is isn't helpful. Telling me it wasn't Nintendo's fault isn't helpful. Accusing people of bashing Nintendo isn't helpful. And I see Loonyyyyyy has already beaten me to this portion, so I'll leave it short.

Also, since you mentioned Microsoft before, what you are doing? It's the exact same thing the Xbox diehards did after Microsoft's shitty announcement that deserved scorn. I cannot for the life of me imagine being so invested in a product that I cannot accept criticism of it, so maybe I'm the odd one out here. But the funny thing about that? I get this sort of hostility from every camp. I mean, I've owned every PlayStation thus far (PSP AND Vita), but mild criticism of them will get me branded a hater, or a fangirl for Nintendo or Microsoft. Ditto the big M, who spent a year or two digging a hole and whose fans scream at you if you point it out so people don't trip.

God, people wonder why I'm more reticent to post and discuss things these days, it's exactly because of this. You cannot have a cogent argument without brigading.

Hairless Mammoth:

A) They want to keep that info away from the competitors for as long as possible. (See how Sony themselves trashed MS when the Xbone's original DRM plan was revealed.) I'm sure MS and Sony still keep tabs on Nintendo, even if all three have said in the past that they're no longer direct competitors.

B) They may still be working out bugs and aren't ready to announce the full feature set yet.

C) The official announcement of what it is and when it comes out may be prolific enough for the general public to catch wind of the details. If it really does completely replace the Wii U and/or 3DS, sales of those could plummet long before the NX is on shelves. The Wii U sold surprisingly decent this shopping season, and it probably would not have done as well with concrete evidence of its obsolescence on the horizon. They may even want the Wii U to do well for another year in order to sell the upcoming titles (some of which may be unknown to the public until E3) for the system.

None of this particularly goes to what I said, though. Specifying what kind of console we're talking doesn't require them to have a full feature set, or all the bugs worked out, or to divulge trade secrets. The announcement may clarify things, but how does that help them now, when it's not announced? How did it help them in November of 2015, when people were holding out for the NX over the Wii U or 3DS?

So far, what we've got is that it's not the next Wii or Wii U. Well, except the last time Nintendo said that--the DS--it was bullshit, so I already have limited faith in them. NDS was totes going to be the third pillar, a new and different experience, and not a Game Boy replacement. Oh, wait.

Look at it this way. I write novels. More for therapy than anything else, but hear me out. I have three completed and a fourth I'm working on. I can't tell you the exact details of the fifth. I can tell you some things, though:

Barring my death at the hands of angry ferrets, I will write a fifth.
I can tell you which of two series it belongs to.
I can tell you an estimated start and finish time.
I can tell you a basic plot synopsis. Now, this is where you start to approach the issue of not giving away trade secrets for a console, but you can give two and three without doing that. And yes, 3 can change, but that doesn't mean you can't offer a tentative time scale. So far, we've got that an announcement will happen sometime in 2016. Which has been taken by news outlets to mean the NX is coming in 2016.

If I were Nintendo, I'd get on this shit. Like, right away.

To use the novel example again, if I had announced an upcoming novel (assume I actually had the spine to get published), and people decided to start telling the world it was about abusive vampires who sparkle and play baseball, I would probably want to correct that. It doesn't mean I have to release the first three chapters online, just that I would want to confirm/deny what the information was saying before it did damage. Or have some sort of press agent handle it.

Nintendo's sitting around and saying nothing, and people have believed it's going to replace the Wii U or New 3DS. This hurts business. Or a bunch of other things. Clear, concise communication could work wonders.

...god, I love alliteration.

And this is where I came in. Nintendo could clear this up right fast, but they're being super cagey about it. That increases distrust with everyo.e but the diehards.

Although now that the holidays are over with, I sure would like some details as well. With all of the anticipation, the amount of rumors on NX might pile up to the point people could start confusing what is true and what isn't.

But that's the thing. That's my whole point. We've already got to that point. We were at that point last year. During the holiday season. This is the sort of thing where Nintendo should have wanted to correct things. NX is a replacement for the Wii U/3DS. It isn't. It has VR. It is VR. It's neither of those. It's actually the codename for a service, and "console" is figurative. It's a blender. They're going back to card games. Amiibos are made from the souls of workers who displeased Iwata.

Hell, whether or not it's a direct successor to the Wii U, I would like to know if it's going to have Wii U compatibility as the DS did for the totally different pillar GBA. This is assuming it's a home console, but still. I don't want to buy a Wii U now and then a new console in 6 months, for example, especially if the NX is something I actually want (whereas Wii U has only now got the the point where I can really justify a purchase).

OT: Nintendo might as well get back into TV shows and movies. (Though, they better make sure the contracts give them ultimate vetoing power for some of the stupid ideas Hollywood cooks up and have representatives looking over scripts and whatnot every so often.)

I would love to see someone do a good Zelda movie. Or any of a bunch of other characters, but I'd love to see an epic adventure in Hyrule. They definitely do need to take care and make sure we don't have another Super Mario movie, but still. I mean, I'd like to see more serious attempts at game movies, period. I'd like to see someoen do to game movies what Marvel did to superhero movies. And Nintendo's got this huge roster of franchises people know and love.

Something Amyss:

xaszatm:

I'm more on the defensive because the other site I'm on bashes Nintendo with such ferocity it pisses me off.

Experience tells me this is probably more mild criticism. Like, literally 99% of Nintendo "hate" is blown out of proportion. Okay, maybe literally 80% and figuratively 19%. And you have now called reasonable comments you had specifically just balked at and referenced bashing Nintendo. Maybe you're too defensive.

Here, yeah, Nintendo "hate" doesn't really happen. I did mention that most of my rage from Nintendo hate comes from other sites. It's just that when you encounter so many nonsense "I HATE NINTENDO" posts every complaint seems to look like an attack. And I wasn't responding to your specific post as bashing. There is a reason why I answered yours sperately. You have a legitimate complaint, i.e that Nintendo has done a poor job of getting its message out. It's why I've taken my time to respond to you. The ones that I did respond to were more reactionary than what you have said.

Also, it's not Nintendo's fault that people mistakingly believed the NX would come out last year.

Not the point. This whole thing is damaging, which is exactly why you're in every single Nintendo thread I post in doing damage control. Nintendo doesn't have to fix this problem, but I didn't say they had to. Nintendo is within its right to switch to making pogs for all I care, but what they're doing right now is stupid, and trying to argue who's at fault doesn't solve things.

Fine. It's not Nintendo's fault. What now? They till have the problem that people are uninformed about the NX, about what it is, what it does, and when it will come out. This is likely hurting them. Now it actually is in Nintendo's court to fix that if they want to. Because you telling me what the NX is isn't helpful. Telling me it wasn't Nintendo's fault isn't helpful. Accusing people of bashing Nintendo isn't helpful. And I see Loonyyyyyy has already beaten me to this portion, so I'll leave it short.

I think I haven't been clear on my point. My first response to you was just saying what we know about the NX, which that it is a console. Asides from that, we don't know crap. And though I didn't say it, I do think that is a problem. In your second point, you gave the example of people believing the NX was being released in 2015. I responded to that specific point that Nintendo has stated multiple times that no NX news would be revealed until 2016. My problem with your second response was that I can't expect Nintendo to do anything more if people are so adamantly believing something even with so many official sources say otherwise.

Also, since you mentioned Microsoft before, what you are doing? It's the exact same thing the Xbox diehards did after Microsoft's shitty announcement that deserved scorn. I cannot for the life of me imagine being so invested in a product that I cannot accept criticism of it, so maybe I'm the odd one out here. But the funny thing about that? I get this sort of hostility from every camp. I mean, I've owned every PlayStation thus far (PSP AND Vita), but mild criticism of them will get me branded a hater, or a fangirl for Nintendo or Microsoft. Ditto the big M, who spent a year or two digging a hole and whose fans scream at you if you point it out so people don't trip.

God, people wonder why I'm more reticent to post and discuss things these days, it's exactly because of this. You cannot have a cogent argument without brigading.

I'm sorry if I'm coming of as hate. I do not mean to. I have been more on edge recently due to more personal problems (long story short, I'm living in a motel after my family has stolen all of my possessions...again). If I am coming across as more caustic, that is really why. I do not mean to insult you and I've been responding to you because you are bringing very good points. I do not think you to be a hater of Nintendo. I'm sorry if my current situation has resulted in me lashing out to you.

Aiddon:

xaszatm:

Oh, for the ideas that it might be a hybrid or what type of console it is? Yeah, I'd agree there. But for the specific case of the NX not being discussed until 2016? That was declared multiple times by Nintendo. In fact, asides from the fact Dragon Quest XI was accidentally revealed to be on the NX, that's all we ever known. If releasing multiple press statements that the NX will be discussed in 2016 doesn't stop people from saying it, then I'm doubting anything else will convince them otherwise.

Welcome to the internet; people will believe falsehoods because it sounds more appealing than reality, which is logical but boring and thus lacks the spice of histrionics. And gamers wonder why they're not taken seriously by anyone, least of all by Nintendo.

Anyway, as stated previously this really is just a vague comment from Kimishima after one question in a small article. Anyone who's been paying attention will realize that the NX is still being shut behind closed doors until the time is right (which means probably E3). I would say the most interesting bits are Kimishima mentioning theme parks (which was announced a few months back with no update since) and the possibility of adaptations into other media. Considering Nintendo's track record I expect to see new anime series based on their franchises more than anything.

It's probably going to be earlier. I think Nintendo's trying to mimmick what the did for the Wii U reveal so we'll probably get an email announcing the reveal conference with a vague description of what to expect (which, yeah would be problematic for fixing Nintendo's purposeful lack of clarity the past couple of months on the NX) in February or March then the actual conference a month later. The biggest difference between the two events (if it's going to be similar because again, we know jack) is that Ubisoft hasn't leaked the details already so we actually have no idea what to expect.

xaszatm:

It's probably going to be earlier. I think Nintendo's trying to mimmick what the did for the Wii U reveal so we'll probably get an email announcing the reveal conference with a vague description of what to expect (which, yeah would be problematic for fixing Nintendo's purposeful lack of clarity the past couple of months on the NX) in February or March then the actual conference a month later. The biggest difference between the two events (if it's going to be similar because again, we know jack) is that Ubisoft hasn't leaked the details already so we actually have no idea what to expect.

Judging by history we're not hearing anything until E3 just because that's how it's always worked. There's really no point to doing so except to shut up people who clearly didn't get the (numerous) memos that Nintendo wouldn't be revealing much about the NX last year, let alone releasing it. Plus I find it funny that nearly everyone who demands Nintendo spill the beans are of course those who proudly declare how they're not Nintendo fanboys and how they don't buy their games. Always funny how that works

So he is intending to increase Nintendo's annual profit by four times? I got a bad feeling about this. I hope they get creative in their games, and not just put F2P games and microtransactions on their home console games.

 

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