The rumor that Nintendo’s next console, NX, may not be as powerful as the PlayStation 4 came out recently and while I don’t like to dive into rumors, it got me thinking. Let’s take a look into why Big N’s newest piece of hardware cannot afford to be weaker than its competition in the PS4 and Xbox One.
By many people’s accounts, the Wii U is an under powered system. With this in mind, what Nintendo has done with that power in a graphical sense is excellent. When you look at games like Super Smash Bros. or Mario kart they are simply gorgeous. The art direction is special and the use of resources is something else.
Just imagine what the folks over at Nintendo could do with the power of a console like the PS4 or the Xbox One, or even with a machine slightly more powerful. Yes it’s not all about graphics, but just thinking about what Nintendo’s art team could do with that power makes me mouth water.
Now I know that price is a huge factor here as well. Miyamoto was quoted saying that the price out of the gate for the Wii U was a hindrance. I think the fact that when you bought a Wii U you also needed some sort of external memory because the only options were 8GB and 32GB. This could cost over another hundred dollars and made the Wii U even more expensive.
I really believe that if Nintendo put out a machine that was as strong as the PS4 and came with 1TB of storage, they could get away with a $399 price tag. Honestly, I know I would be on board with it.
Having a machine that’s powerful is great, but I also hope that the NX is easy to develop for. This makes third party support and option and it’s something that I wish the Wii U had more of.
The reason I never cherished my Wii U was that once I was done with the 1st party titles, I didn’t have anything to fill in the gaps, so I turned to my PS4.
For instance, I could be playing Bloodborne, and then after that, hop on and play some NBA 2K15, or The Witcher 3. To have a machine from Nintendo that could play both those amazing 1st party IP’s that they’re known for AND the great games coming from third party studios would be a dream come true for many gamers out there.
I love Nintendo, but it scares me that they might try and over-innovate. I am curious as to what Nintendo could do with a hybrid handheld, but a big chunk of me just wants a plain black box that’s strong as hell, can play Nintendo’s first party titles, and has a decent amount of storage.
So please Nintendo, don’t make the NX weaker than the PS4 / Xbox One unless you are absolutely sure you have a true winner on your hands.