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The Nintendo NX is probably one of the most talked about systems that no one knows much of anything about. While the Xbox Scorpio and PlayStation Neo are set to release next year, some publishers have been weighing in on where they stand with Nintendo's NX.
Take-Two Interactive's CEO Strauss Zelnick had a few choice quotes about the system when he gave an interview to GamesIndustry.biz. They talked about 2K Games and their role on Nintendo's new NX as well as what Zelnick thought about Nintendo's position in the market. The savvy CEO stated...
We never want to count Nintendo out, [...] So we feel pretty enthusiastic actually. They're really thoughtful, they come to market with something they really think is going to work, more often than not it really works, it blows up and then eventually they let it decline and they move on to the next thing, [...] They don't mind having time in between.
What Zelnick said actually has the ring of truth. Nintendo revolutionized mobile gaming back in the 1980s and 1990s with the Gameboy. They later moved ahead of the curve with the Nintendo DS, which had dual screens. That technology would later be adapted to the Nintendo Wii U, which didn't quite take off the way they had intended.
However, in between that time they managed to move more than 100 million Wii units to win seventh gen thanks to the motion controls they introduced. It was so popular that Microsoft and Sony copied them with the PlayStation Move and the Xbox Kinect. Sadly, Microsoft couldn't find enough use for the Kinect to make it mainstream, but Sony is reviving the PlayStation Move for use with the PlayStation VR, which is due to release this October.
Nintendo, however, has been consistently experimenting and moving forward with new ideas and technologies. Recently they managed to gain some solid marketing power with the collaborative release of Pokemon Go from Niantic Labs. While their most recent quarterly financials haven't been too hot, the next quarterly report will be pretty big thanks to Pokemon Go.
Following that, they'll be prepping for the release of the Nintendo NX next year. The reports so far have indicated that it will be a mixed hybrid system. Eurogamer is reporting that the Nintendo NX will be a tablet console with a design similar to the Wii U's GamePad but with the sides of the tablet having the ability to detach and be used as wireless controllers if you decide to hook up the Nintendo NX to your television.
Reports are indicating that the hybrid console will be running on advanced Nvidia Tegra technology and Nintendo's own custom OS. It's a huge gamble if it's true, but it's also going to be something completely different compared to what Sony and Microsoft are aiming to produce in 2017.
While Strauss Zelnick and the rest of 2K Games at Take-Two Interactive don't seem to have anything planned for release in the immediate future for the Nintendo NX, they aren't ruling out anything, and are most likely going to measure the system's performance on the market before jumping in head first.