Posted by: seanmalstrom | June 17, 2015

Did Tanabe reveal NX as the next home console hardware?

Here’s the interview. Let’s hear what he said…

Speaking to Eurogamer at E3, Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe said that due to the amount of content such a game would require, it would probably take several years to develop.

“If we started for Wii U now, it would likely take three years or so. So it would likely now be on Nintendo’s NX console,” he said.

People are making too much of this sentence. What does ‘NX console’ mean? Is it handheld or home console? Or is it both? From the context he is saying, he is placing NX console as the successor to the Wii U. But we still do not know what NX is except what Iwata told us is that it changes the relationship of hardware and software. Instead of tying the software to hardware, it would be tied to the ‘online platform’.

NX may not be referring to this ‘online platform’ so to say. NX may, indeed, be the actual codename for the console hardware. This is what Iwata said:

“As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX,'” Iwata said at the time.

At this moment, NX may be as nebulous as label as ‘Revolution’ was. But I still think it is a mistake to think of NX as Revolution or Dolphin. Revolution and Dolphin were solely about the hardware. NX is about changing that relationship. Anyway, back to Tanabe…

“It’s a long time but it would need to include a lot of content, which would take a lot of work on the development side.”

Oh yes, yes, it would take a lot of work. Yes, indeed.

Speaking with Tanabe, it was clear he had plenty of ideas for the game, including a focus on a single planet that has a time-shifting mechanic, similar to Metroid Prime 2: Echoes’ single planet with dark and light variants.

“Instead of broadening it to more planets I would have one and would focus on the timeline, and being able to change that. That’s one interesting idea I have in mind… but I understand many people thought that [Echoes] was too difficult.”

Does anyone really want more Metroid Prime? What I think people want is a 2d Metroid with Metroid Prime’s art, sound, and immersion production. But do you know what stands in its way? Sakamoto. It might be why the original Metroid Prime team all quit.

So when would such a game be announced? And would he work with Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios again, despite the fact that many of the original staff have now moved on?

“I’m the producer of the Metroid Prime series, and [Metroid series co-creator] Yoshio Sakamoto is the one in charge of Metroid itself. I’m not sure when he’s planning on making such an announcement so I can’t speak for him.

“I’m not thinking about anything like that [partnering with another studio] right now. We have nothing to announce on working with any specific team.”

In other words, he is saying that Metroid is all about Sakamoto and himself.

Fuck you, Tanabe. Fuck Sakamoto too. Metroid is not what YOU THINK it is. Metroid also isn’t what the Retro staff think it is.

Metroid is what I think it is. Do you know why? It is because I’m the one paying for it! The beautiful reader also knows that Metroid is what he or she thinks it is. The vision of Metroid is not the vision of Sakamoto. The vision of Metroid belongs to the people who buy and play it.

After Metroid: Other M disaster, you would think these guys would get a clue. But nope! We get ‘Galactic Federation’! These guys have no idea what Metroid is and why people bought it.


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