Recently Grant Jones did an article about how it's too soon for the Nintendo NX and his take on the NX situation.
Well here on Gintendo, we like to look at both sides of the coin. So I'm going to tell you why it's not too soon for the Nintendo NX.
Can we learn from the past
Up in till now the GameCube was Nintendo's least successful console shipping 21.74m SKU's worldwide over its 4 years on the market once released in all three major gaming regions.
When it was eventually replaced by the Wii in 2006 which went on to be a gaming phenom. Six years later on from the Wii's worldwide launch we got the Wii U in 2012.
Now were coming up to the Wii U's fourth birthday this November and it has currently shipped 12.98m SKU's making it currently Nintendo's least successful console and likely to remain so.
As you can see the last time Nintendo had unsuccessful console with the GameCube, it was replaced within 4 - 5 years depending on where you were in the worldwide.
Why not the same this around again with the Wii U replaced within a 4 years’ period with the NX?
But the Wii U still has games coming
I'm sort of comparing the GameCube and the Wii U, due to their success or lack off and both likely only being Nintendo's current home console for around 4 years before the new one comes out.
2006 was the last year of the GameCube being Nintendo's current system and it got the following first party games in Europe.
- Mario Party 7
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Out of these four games only one of them was actually developed by Nintendo the rest were actually second party or from a partner and that one Nintendo developed game was Twilight Princess which as you know also came to the Wii actually before the GameCube version and had to be a system seller for the Wii for a lot of people.
Yet the GameCube may have only had those four games published by Nintendo, it did get another roughly 36 games in 2006 which included stuff like Tomb Raider: Legend, FIFA 07 and LEGO Star War II: The Original Trilogy from third parties.
Not a bad line up or amount of games for a console going to be replaced by the Wii which included a GameCube game at launch.
How does the Wii U compare, well it has at the moment these first party games out or coming in 2016.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
- Star Fox Zero
- Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
- Paper Mario: Colour Splash
- The Legend of Zelda (2016)
That is no means a bad bunch of games but how many are actually developed by Nintendo and the answer one and half, as Star Fox Zero is being co-developed by Platinum Games and the whole one being The Legend of Zelda.
The Wii U isn't just getting those games unlike the GameCube, it gets eShop titles which I'm not going to look at sorry Slippy, but at retail all is fare and at the moment there is only 4 other games coming to the Wii U in 2016 making total of 10 games, quite big difference to the GameCube's 40 odd games in its final year.
What are Nintendo teams doing? If we look at the Wii's first year on the market it got 16 games published by Nintendo. So we can see the shift just in the published titles of the GameCube going from 4 games to 16 games on the Wii, meaning the teams had to be working on Wii stuff.
Why not the same this time around we know Nintendo has quite a few teams, what are they doing are they gearing up for the NX to launch soon and will
do a Twilight Princess and launch on both Wii U and NX, we've heard rumors of it happening for some time but would it make sense to do it. Well yes as Twilight Princess must of shifted Wii's at launch, and is actually the second best-selling Zelda with 7.28m on Wii where it only did 1.59m on GameCube.
Why couldn't this happen again with the new Legend of Zelda coming 2016?
Learn from the others
Now there is currently 260 odd days left in 2016 and were yet to see the NX, that launching a console in 2016 without seeing anything so far seems rather preposterous.
Yet in 2013 both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were shown early in the year and launched that same year during the holiday season with both systems having success launches.
Both were shown about 8-9 months before their launch, that you may be thinking time is ticking away for Nintendo to do that with the NX.
Well on March 21st Apple had a conference and announced the £359+ depending on your specification, iPhone SE. Ten days later you can go get one, I know this is slightly different to a console but both are pricey pieces of tech and could showing the NX at E3 to come out this November be enough time as we've seen from the games coming this year for the Wii U, Nintendo could very well have plenty from there self's at the get go and recent rumours of the NX using X86 like the PS4 & Xbox One, meaning the third parties could also be ready for a launch 5 months from showing at E3.
When will the NX launch? What will it look? What will it do? and many more question we will only know in time.