7 things we want in the next Nintendo console
No one would say Nintendo’s Wii U had a good run. The video game console has a solid lineup of exclusive games, but that’s about all it can boast of. Hardware sales have slowed at a breakneck pace, totaling only around 12 million units to date. By comparison, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has sold 36 million units, despite the Wii U being ahead of the curve for a year.
Nintendo saw the writing on the wall a long time ago and continues to walk. He has already focused on his next system, the code name NX. We don’t know what the NX is yet, but we have some thoughts on what we’d like to see.
1. More power
For most of its history, Nintendo has released consoles of respectable power. The NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and GameCube were just as powerful as other reasonably priced systems on the market. Then the Wii came out in 2006, with hardware so underpowered that it would have been laughable if it hadn’t sold so well. The Wii sold 100 million units because it was priced right and appealed to the casual audience, who fell in love with motion-controlled games like Wii Sports.
Nintendo tried to replicate this success with the Wii U, another technology-based console that was around five years old. The plan failed: the Wii U sold well below any console in the company’s history.
Now that everyone has access to thousands of free games on their phones and tablets, Nintendo can no longer rely on selling consoles to the casual public. Instead, the NX needs – at the very least – to match the power of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This is the only way for it to attract dedicated third-party developers and gamers.