With all this talk about the new Nintendo NX, I decided to compile a list of things I want to see from this console hybrid in 2016…
A True Next-Gen Architecture.
This is an absolute crucial part that I hope Nintendo doesn’t screw up. Both the PS4 and the Xbox One have similar AMD architecture at their core with PS4 having a distinct advantage with faster 8GB GDDR5 memory, while Xbox One has a slower bandwidth of the 8GB DDR3.
Both companies have LEARNED from the mistakes and LISTENED to the core consumers and more importantly, the developers and have crafted platforms that are easy to develop games on.
If Nintendo hopes to come close to competing with the likes of the PS4 and the Xbox One, its architecture needs to be at the very least in-between those two current powerhouses or otherwise, it will be a great opportunity wasted.
True Online Gaming Experience.
It’s kinda pathetic that Nintendo is always so far back in time when it comes to implementing what many gamers have come to consider as a norm in the gaming scene. Examples are voice chat in all online games that require communication, a proper notification system of when your friends are online that isn’t a blinking blue light, just to name a few things.
Yeah I know that the Wii U has stepped up a lot from the Wii i terms of online interactions but its still a long way from competing with what the PS4 and Xbox One is currently offering.
Getting Rid of Region Lock Permanently.
I still don’t understand why Nintendo still insist on region locking its contents. However, I can say that there are talks about Nintendo proposing to remove it in their next console hybrid so that’s good news. We will just have to wait and hope that they’ll keep their word.
Re-Gaining Third-Party Support.
I understand that people out there will say that the NX doesn’t have to be powerful, it just needs to have great games, but you gotta take into consideration on what happened to the Wii U. The console suffered because people couldn’t justify spending money on a console with a very small library of first-party games and didn’t have 3rd party support.
Marketing Their Products Better.
One thing that killed the Wii U’s future was how Nintendo marketed the console at E3. At the time people thought the Wii U pad was an extension package of the Wii and not a new console. Avoiding a crappy name for the console would be a big help too. The funny thing is, is that the code names for the Nintendo projects are always better than the actual final name chosen. Lets just hope Nintendo doesn’t call it “Super Wii U” or “Wii U HD”.
That’s all I got for now.
All I am saying is that the Nintendo NX needs to be at the very least powerful enough so that it can handle popular game engines like Unreal Engine 4 and the latest CryEngine and can easily be scaled to run smoothly on the console at 1080p 60FPS.
Let me know what you think and if I missed anything.