Certain publishers have been chiming in and giving their opinions about the Nintendo NX, a mysterious new console from Nintendo that's scheduled to release in March of 2017. The device has been heralded as an innovative piece of technology, and at the forefront of those claims of praise is Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot.
If you recall, Ubisoft was also one of the few publishers on board with heavily supporting the Wii U, having a line-up of potentially exclusive games for the system just until the hardware sales petered out and then they began quickly porting over the Wii U exclusives to other platforms, such as Rayman Legends and Zombi\_U_.
However, if Nintendo can attract the mobile casual audience the way some publishers think they can, then they might have another Wii on their hands. The rumors are heavily favoring the possibility that the Nintendo NX could be a hybrid device -- combining the likes of a portable handheld system with the ability to plug it into your television and play games in HD like a traditional home console.
Unlike Microsoft or Sony, Nintendo isn't gunning for pseudo-4K. They've given up on the power race and decided to focus on innovation and unique gaming experiences. In this regards, it's easy to see why Ubisoft would be excited to work with hardware that opens the door for new gameplay possibilities and opportunities.
The comment section of the IGN article isn't fooled, though. They've heard the platitudes before. They've seen the early launch day support in the form of quick port-overs and half-hearted exclusives. It was the legacy of the Wii and the Wii U. The major difference between the two was that the Wii U didn't move enough SKUs to justify the shovelware that buried the Wii's software library in poorly made games.
In a way, most gamers seem to recognize that if the NX doesn't do well out of the gate (and continue to do well beyond the six-month sales surge), we're likely going to see a repeat of what happened with the GameCube and Wii U.
The real challenge will be for publishers to provide consumers with meaningful software. Because realistically, at the end of the day, the one thing that has always been true about the console wars is that software sells hardware. So publishers like Ubisoft will have to pump out compelling software to match what they're calling "attractive" hardware from Nintendo.
We'll see what Ubisoft and others have in store for the Nintendo NX when it arrives next year, in March of 2017.