Wake up, reader.
Reader, wake up.
We are approaching Generation 9.
When you take off your VR goggles, hardcore gamers, you can see the tremors…
The Nintendo 3DS and Sony Vita already use cartridges and the games are cheaper than the ‘omg home console’ games. Yet, no one can discount that NX uses cartridges. But is it cartridges for home use? What is going on?
Mike Mauler, the president and EVP of GameStop International also spoke about the possibility of the Nintendo NX using cartridges instead of optical discs. Mauler explained, “The only difference would be on the refurbishment and pre-owned side. And actually, cartridges are much simpler to refurbish and repackage. So there is somewhat a little bit of an advantage if it went in that direction on used.”
Gamestop wouldn’t be saying that if it were not a distinct possibility.
Here is more indication that cartridges may be coming to the NX. This comes from the US Trademarks and was found by this Neogaf user. Here is his post.
What is going is that Nintendo has trademarked Zelda: Breath of the Wild for cartridges. Why did Nintendo do this? Is Breath of the Wild going to be coming out on the 3DS successor? This seems most strange.
And this is what Ubisoft is saying:
Ubisoft is confident that the Nintendo NX will recapture the lost Wii audience, Ubisoft has told MCV…
“And they are addressing the family market in a very different way, their own way, which we appreciate. We have done a lot of products and successes with Nintendo in the past, and we believe that the NX will recapture a lot the lapsed Wii players. So we will see when they release it, but we are confident.”
The lapsed Wii players!!! Who could that be, magical reader? (all my readers are magical)
Could that be… gasp… The Malstrom?
Do you remember, reader? The Wii mania?
Above: Wii Mania
Did you know that the Wii was designed to recapture lapsed video game players? It’s true! Here’s some of the proof:
Perrin Kaplan, Nintendo of America vp marketing and corporate affairs, says that Wii is targeting everyone, in the fall and beyond. She says the new console is for Nintendo fanboys as well as for lapsed gamers who found new controllers too complex. The device also is for new gamers who have never tried interactive entertainment.
Notice how she said three groups. One, Nintendo fans. Two, former gamers. Three, new gamers. The Wii-mote is deliberately designed as a NES controller sideways to tap into that Nintendo NES magic of the 1980s.
Above: NES mania
Nintendo is being very careful not to reveal their business thinking. No one talked about Nintendo’s business thinking prior to the Wii launch, even though Nintendo kept broadcasting it everywhere, except for Malstrom. Now, EVERYONE has magnifying glasses over every business phrase or burp a Nintendo executive says.
In 2005 and 2006, we also had the success of the DS to base actions on how Nintendo would go about their home console codenamed ‘Revolution’.
The generational present handheld and business speeches are curiously missing this time around. But you know what? That doesn’t matter. There is a secret sauce to Malstrom that the analysts and corporate men cannot replicate.
They’re not gamers.
I do not mean industry gamers of the type who plays every latest AAA game. Most gamers do not play those games let alone obsess over them. It is the classic games that spark that love for gaming that are sprinkled throughout the generations. I remember in 2005 that analysts kept trying to say Generation 7 was actually Generation 3 because apparently game consoles never existed before the arrival of the PlayStation. Atari 2600? NES? Super Nintendo? Genesis? Those were from the Land Before Time. And since they never studied those consoles, their impact on the market, their marketing schemes, and had no curiosity over them, they could not recognize the Wii for what it was. With the Wii’s unveiling, I immediately recognized how the marketing mimicked the Atari’s marketing of showing people playing the games instead of the games themselves, how Wii Sports was recreated the NES sports games of the NES, how the Wii-mote was the NES controller reborn, and so on and so on.
The most reliable information we have about the NX is about THE GAMES. Nintendo has shown nothing about NX hardware, but they have shown NX SOFTWARE. The first, absolute, game that is NX is Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The analysts do not understand Zelda. All they know is that it is something those Nintendo fanboys go on and on about. They know Zelda sells well, but it isn’t a mega blockbuster like, say, a Skyrim. But here is the key. It used to be. From Ocarina on back, all the Zeldas made massive market impact and competitors would rip them off. My point is that Breath of the Wild is not the normal Zelda. Breath of the Wild is telling us that Nintendo has completely flipped over tea tables and shown they will not be held to formulaic patterns. This is major since Zelda is the key Nintendo fanboy game series. Miyamoto already announced that he wants to shake up Mario.
If Nintendo is willing to do that to their precious IPs, what do you think they will do with their hardware?
If their new series iterations shows radical changes with a respect to the past, why can the hardware not also show radical changes with a respect to the past? I smell the cartridges.
Above: The Nintendo giant is stomping its way closer, the distant trees in the forest get pushed away. Next year, Nintendo wants the competition and industry to see the giant when the girl in the above photo does…