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The New Nintendo System

Nintendo needs a new console in the future, but what will the new console be like?

Let’s get straight to the point: the Wii U was an unfortunate failure in terms of marketing sales and overall profit. Despite its many incredible features, games, and design, it’s commercially a bust. So Nintendo is going to unveil a new system here in the next year or so.

But what will this new system have? What will be its capabilities as far as games, design, and hardware go? These are my new predictions for Nintendo’s future console; the console that will really need to step up if this company is going to succeed. I will also be predicting the features the console will not have in its arsenal.

No Blu-Ray Player

While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing to include, it’s another “catch up” idea. The PS3, PS4, and Xbox One all already contain this as an option, so I don’t see this as being a big strong point for Nintendo’s future. Instead, I hope their console will focus heavily on video games.

Hardware Boost

We all know the PS4 and Xbox One are supercharged consoles, and in this case, Nintendo must and will follow suit. I’m talking an update on the frame rate, the graphics card, and a plethora or memory that us fans won’t know what to do with! My Wii U has only 32 GB in it, and I’m thinking an easy 300 GB will greatly improve my future online purchases on the new console. Think about it, no longer concerning one’s self over storage space sounds amazing.

Online Multiplayer 2.0

Games like Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros., and Splatoon have already done wonderful things for Nintendo’s online gaming, but it could and will be so much better. I could even see the possibility of being able to finally chat with other players (that’s right, finally a headset) from across the world. I also predict a continuation of the Miiverse, but with video clips that you can send to your friends. The Miiverse will get a lot more upgrades, making it more accessible to gamers.

3rd Party Floodgates

(Courtesy of gameondaily.com)

One of the reasons the Wii U doesn’t have that many 3rd party sponsors is hardware capabilities. But with this upcoming boost the new console will be receiving, the 3rd parties will become a lot more accessible, and that’s a deadly thing. Classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong Country will be met with open arms from other parties such as Borderlands, Dynasty Warriors, and the Batman series. Think about it, all those wonderful Nintendo exclusives and 3rd parties under one console; sounds like a the perfect ice cream sundae.

Backwards Capability

This is a no brainer. The Wii U games should easily be able to work with the future console. I don’t think the Wii games will work, but that’s fine, especially since the new system will have plenty of them available on the Virtual Console. Not only that, the Virtual Console will have triple the amount of games that the Wii U has now. So many games, not nearly enough time. 

I have no doubt that the new console will be awesome; I’m very excited to hear the announcement for it. Here are some questions for you readers: What do you think the next console's name will be, and what features would you like it to have? 

Published Jun. 4th 2015
  • Jarred Collins
    I think that Nintendo can get third party support back, they just have to be better marketers, upgrade their specs, and simply start getting their heads on straight. Nintendo seems to be in a world of their own, with that also being the mindset of Kyoto itself, where they are headquartered. They simply don't seem to care all that much about how everybody else perceives them and it is, at times, a shame. They have failed to realize that developers, and many gamers, care a great deal about graphics cards, processors, and memory. That is why the Playstation 3 got so much support and why the Playstation 4 is getting so much support, it's because Sony has updated their specs. In today's world of games we constantly hear developers talking about graphics, frame rates, and memory with all of these combining to form a device that can handle a project team's game of fantastic looking visuals as well as a universe with many different textures, movements, environments, and players. They constantly shun Nintendo and instead go with Sony and Microsoft with graphics and processing power playing a big role in that.

    Second there is the constant lack of good marketing that has plagued Nintendo for at least these last two generations of consoles. I hardly see a Nintendo product being advertised on tv other than on Nickelodeon. They made some progress, what with Bayonetta 2 being advertised on YouTube channels, but they failed to capitalize by pushing the product more, such as airing commercials on more adult oriented channels such as Adult Swim and Spike TV. My point here is it does fall within the same logic that Curtis said, they mismanaged it. Now with regards to games developed by people not named Nintendo it is partly their fault, and yet it also has to deal with the developer. Sure Nintendo could have had more influence in keeping, for example, Resident Evil 4 a Nintendo exclusive, but ultimately it was Capcom's decision to port it over to other consoles. It's their product and they can port to other consoles if they deem it necessary.

    The quicker Nintendo realizes that it needs to update its hardware and the sooner it realizes that it needs to pursue a more aggressive and smarter style of marketing, the faster developers will turn around and develop AAA titles for their system, subsequently raising the average gamer's interests in Nintendo all the while giving them more profits.
  • Curtis Dillon
    Contributor
    I'm not sure Nintendo will ever have great third-party support again. They mismanaged the exclusives they had on the Gamecube, support for the Wii dwindled and became slower than PC ports, and they appear to have scorned any remaining support with the Wii U. The failure of it means that developers will be really reluctant to get back on board, no matter what the system is like. Ubisoft made Zombi U, which was surprisingly successful and Nintendo never greenlit a sequel, so in many instances they are their own worst enemy.
  • Fireboltz_7795
    Featured Contributor
    I see what you're saying, and I can't really disagree with you. I think Nintendo needs to go back in a lot of ways to what made them so successful in the past. The 3rd party thing is the key for the new system (currently known as Nintendo NX I believe), and I hope they'll do whatever it takes to make amends with them as well as their loyal fans.

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