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Nintendo's new NX has been swirling in the media ever since Nintendo let the cat out of the bag. One thing a lot of people have been wondering about is Nintendo's solution for their current lack of third-party support. Well, one report indicates that the NX may have solid third-party support at launch.
MCV UK is reporting that various sources have confirmed to them that the NX will have a strong line-up of first-party and third-party games due for release on the system within the first six months of its release start March 2017.
The sources indicated to the outlet that Nintendo has already confirmed software support from major third-party publishers such as Warner Bros., Activision, Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Sega. They also state there will be a Pokemon game available for the NX as well.
This is a major turnaround from what happened with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, which came out of the gate with poor third-party support. The 3DS managed to recover, but the Wii U did not.
The Wii didn't have the best of third-party support at the start, but after a lot of publishers saw how well the system sold, a bunch of shovelware was made for the Wii. The Wii U sold poorly enough to escape the shovelware fate, but part of its poor sales were attributed to a lack of software support from third-party developers, and in turn, its sales stayed poor because it lacked third-party software support. It was a downward spiral of the chicken and egg scenario.
The MCV report doesn't mention anything about Electronic Arts. Both Nintendo and EA fell out over the Big 'N' opting not to use Origin to power the Nintendo Network for the Wii U. Following that fallout, EA distanced themselves from Nintendo, opting instead to throw in their lot with Microsoft for the EA Access program. If EA continues to not support the Nintendo NX at launch, then the bad blood is a lot worse than I thought.
Ubisoft, however, is not a surprising face to see among the bunch. They were one of the few who originally backed up Nintendo at the Wii U's launch with the former exclusive ZombiU. Poor sales for the exclusive led Ubisoft to make another former Wii U exclusive, Rayman Legends, a multiplatform release as well as scrapping ZombiU 2.
So why the sudden change from publishers? Why are they now starting to head back to Nintendo? Well, the MCV piece reports that their sources explained to them that they see the Nintendo NX as a bit of a novelty system and that the Eurogamer report is supposedly 100% accurate in the fact that the NX is a hybrid console that can be used as a mobile device. Nintendo tapping the mobile market is seen as a good thing by publishers, especially following the company's success with Pokemon Go.
But what about the power? As many of you know, EA and other publishers dogged the Wii U for not being as powerful as the Xbox One and PS4. It wasn't so much that the system wasn't powerful for what it was, but it was that Nintendo had designed it to do things very differently from the other two, using more proprietary technology that made straight ports difficult to pull off. Even though the Nintendo NX is still going the proprietary route, the MCV sources claim that the graphics output is between a PS3 and a PS4, which is supposedly good enough for some publishers. Rumor has it that the NX is running on a modified Nvidia Tegra processor; clock speed and multi-threads have not been revealed yet.
Ultimately, Nintendo wants to avoid the disaster they ran into with the Wii U and 3DS, both of which fumbled and stumbled out of the gate due to a lack of software support. The Nintendo NX will have a "triple-A software line-up" according to MCV, and there will be The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a new Mario game to help flesh out a supposedly healthy buffet of third-party support for the system's launch.