The rumours around Nintendo's new NX console are starting to ramp up. Nintendo is said to release Mario and Pokémon games within the first six months after its launch, alongside Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
04-08-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
If you're to name one problem that caused the Nintendo Wii U to fail, it's probably the utter lack of proper games for it. Nintendo, more than Sony and Microsoft, needs exclusive titles to sell their console. And while Super Smash Bros U, Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2 were great, most of the console's line-up felt lackluster. This had a pretty strong effect on the sales, with VGChartz reporting the Wii U sold just over 13 million units in its lifetime. Compare that to the PS4 (42.5 million) or the Xbox One (21.8 million) and you can definitely say the Wii U didn't live up to Nintendo's expectations.
To avoid this from happening to the NX - set to release in March 2017 - Nintendo is said to release the console with a 'dream line-up'. We know of course about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will release on both the Wii U and the NX. But MCV suggests a new Mario title and even a Pokémon game should release within the first six months after launch as well.
The same sources confirm the Eurogamer report from last week, which revealed that the NX will be a console/handheld hybrid. The portable console will plug into a tv and features detachable controller parts. Nintendo is said to not focus on the same audience as Sony or Microsoft, instead targetting a more smartphone-minded audience. "It won't appeal to PS4 fans", the source said. "Nintendo seems set on trying to upgrade smartphone gamers."
So far Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the only NX-related news that's been confirmed by Nintendo. We don't expect anything to happen on Gamescom, but given the company's recent history a NX announcement could come any minute.