There are a number of things that people could speculate on in regards to what the Nintendo NX needs to do in order to be successful. It won’t be an easy task as the PS4 and Xbox One have already established a firm presence in the console market, and the NX will be looking to garner some of that share.
With their last two consoles, Nintendo hasn’t created machines to directly oppose the PlayStation or Xbox from a technological standpoint, but will that change with the NX? Matt Diener, who is a qualitative analyst for EEDAR, discussed the topic of whether or not Nintendo NX needs to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One.
“I don’t think the NX needs to compete against the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to be successful. Nintendo has a history of doing things its own way, and that’s partially what’s allowed it to deliver excellent, oddball experiences like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker completely out of left field. When this experimentation works, as it did so well for the Wii, DS, and 3DS, it has paid dividends for Nintendo – but, unfortunately, when you take big risks, you’re going to have a few missteps along the way,” Diener told byteclay.com
Nintendo fans are very loyal to the brand and its IPs, but will a gimmick-like hardware concept be where Nintendo goes with the NX or will it be straight-up power and performance? Many seem to think it won’t resemble something like the PS4 or Xbox One, especially since Nintendo has always been an organization that marches to the beat of their own drum.
It’s always been admirable, the way Nintendo creates unique experiences and features specific to their brands and platforms, however do they need to cross the “be like other companies” bridge to be able to appeal to a larger audience? Diener talked about one of the major factors that will decide the NX’s fate, third-party support.
“For the NX to succeed in the current gaming ecosystem, it needs to focus on delivering a clever, Nintendo-only experience while enticing third-party developers to port major releases onto it,” Diener said. “One rumor about the NX contends that it will be a hybrid handheld / console device, and I think that’d be a fantastic move for both Nintendo and players for the amount of freedom it would give.”
Given Nintendo’s expected mobile efforts, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see the NX have a sort of mobile or handheld companion device attached to it. If not another piece of tech, then something to help connect all of Nintendo’s platforms together would be in order and a smart move.
Personally, Nintendo has to have third-party support and part of acquiring that is creating a system that entices the core gamer to enjoy those major, third-party AAA games on the NX, not just the PS4 and Xbox One. Diener does envision a worst-case scenario for Nintendo and what that would look like.
“The worst-case scenario I could see for the NX is if Nintendo tries to copy the PlayStation 4/Xbox One too closely in an attempt to entice more third party support for the platform. Those 8th generation console gamers without a Wii U are already well established in the Sony and Microsoft camps, and convincing them to leave for an experience that doesn’t offer anything different from what they’re already getting seems like an incredibly hard sell,” Diener said.