When it comes to the Nintendo NX and its design, there are usually two camps of Nintendo fans with their own views on how it’ll work. One group (the Eurogamer one) thinks it’ll be a hybrid, like in the Eurogamer leak. The other thinks it’ll be a standard console that aims to be more powerful than the PS4.
And as anyone who’s watched Twitter or the NX subreddit goes, these groups have been arguing over the matter non stop for weeks now. Every single article and video that could possibly be related to the NX is being used to support one interpretation on the other.
But could Ubisoft have shed some light on the matter? Perhaps so, since a new interview with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot hints the console will indeed have a new ‘gimmick’ or feature. Here’s the relevant quote about it in full:
The new Nintendo [console] is a fantastic machine. It’s really a new approach, it’s really Nintendo, [which is] coming with something new again. We love it.
We always take disruptions on the positive side. We think each time that it’s an opportunity for our creators to take more risks. When a machine is installed, there are a certain number of brands that take up the time of players, so they’re going to buy the next Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty. Even if they say, ‘I’m interested in what you’re doing,’ at the end of the day they first buy what they know, then go somewhere else. When they change machines, they consider that it is better to try what has been done for that machine. This gives us an opportunity to totally change an IP that we have done before, or to create new experiences and new IPs.
What we see is, players are more open when new hardware is coming. So we have the chance to come with something we have never done before, because we know that if we are the first there, people will try our game and maybe we’ll be able to get into that new genre. As our people wanted to do a game like ZombiU, they were happy they could just use the Wii U to do it. For us, a machine is a tool of expression, but when everything become stable it’s less open to innovation. We always want innovation.
However, if you try something a little new and it’s not perfect, you come back quickly to what you know and works. As a gamer, if you change to new hardware, you have no references, so you’re looking at what people are saying are [the best games] and then trying them. But if you have an [established] machine and there’s all the experiences you know on there already, you know you’re going to miss some of those to try something new, so you’re less inclined. For us, we know opportunities to try something new are a lot more rewarding when it’s a new machine.
So yeah, it certainly sounds like it could be a hybrid console. It’d be a new idea that could open up new ways to play games. It’d be really ‘Nintendo’ like, given their love of new ideas and gimmicks for every system after the Gamecube. And well, it could certainly impress the people at Ubisoft, that’s for sure.
But let’s not jump the gun here. Remember, just because it could be a hybrid doesn’t mean it will be one.
For example, it could be based on any manner of other new ideas that Nintendo hasn’t tried. I’m not sure what those would be, but I’m not Nintendo. Their hardware design people could definitely figure out something no one expected yet. No one expected the Wii, 3DS or Wii U after all…
As a result, it could be anything. So let’s just wait and see what gets revealed at the NX announcement, shall we?