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The Nintendo NX is “about content”, not specs

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There’s a lot about the Nintendo Wii U that I downright hated. The console looked like an external storage hard drive from the mid-90s, the possibility of making real-time strategy games a proper genre on console with the GamePad controller was never seized and the damn thing buzzed like a drunk beehive whenever you switched it on.

It’s about games

But my Grodd man, the games. The games on that black brick. The Wii U was home to some of the best games ever, bright and daring visuals wrapped up in tight gameplay. And that’s kind of amazing considering how graphics had never been a big factor of the Wii U. A legacy that started with the first Wii and will continue with the Nintendo NX.

That’s according to Nintendo of America President and world record holder “My body is ready” meme owner Reggie Fils-Aime, who told Bloomberg via VG247 how it’s all about the games, yo:

For us, it’s not about specs, it’s not about teraflops, it’s not about the horsepower of a particular system. For us, it’s about the content.  We’re focused on bringing our best entertainment to both the Wii U as well as the NX in the future. So for us, whatever Microsoft and Sony are doing in terms of talking about new systems, that’s for them to fight out in that red ocean.

And he’s 100% right. Nintendo’s identity as a game developer and publisher has never been tied to visuals, no matter what the angry man in my Sega Megadrive adverts from the 1990s says. Not having all that extra grunt, has somehow resulted in first-party games that look dazzling to say the least, that pop on the flatscreen. You can be modern while looking slightly dated.

Although The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks like the exception to this rule, as it just looks like the complete package of gaming and graphics. More of that on the NX please.

Last Updated: June 17, 2016


  1. Let’s hope this console actually does well for Nintendo. Otherwise NX will begin to mean “No ThanX”


  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 17, 2016 at 07:55

    R.I.P third party support


  3. Fox1 - Retro

    June 17, 2016 at 09:14

    It’s not about graphics, yes, but it should also be about games and the quantity thereof. 1 exclusive for a year and nothing from 3rd parties in between is the reason why the Wii U has taken a backseat no matter how great the exclusives look.


  4. Raptor Rants

    June 17, 2016 at 12:34

    The sad truth? Our generation of younger gamers, the vast majority from what I gather, are all graphics driven. If it doesn’t look like it’s about to climb out your TV/PC Screen and eat your face, they aren’t interested.

    I love that the NX will be about gameplay(as nintendo games always are) but it worries me that it won’t work out due to the younger generation caring almost exclusively for graphics 🙁


    • Gardos

      June 17, 2016 at 13:27

      I think the younger generation does care a whole lot about graphics and they lose their shit if they think graphics aren’t up to standard. However, give them something innovative with great gameplay and they’ll forget what the word “graphics” meant to them. The problem with Nintendo is that, while their exclusives are great, there are so few of them!


    • ThePolish

      June 17, 2016 at 15:31

      Graphics are important but you have to admit Minecraft and Super Mario Maker are quite the rage and are mostly content driven.


      • Raptor Rants

        June 20, 2016 at 10:27

        I sat a few days pondering how to respond because your point is very valid.
        But I think I’ve come up with my answer.

        Mario Maker and MineCraft, as fun as both are, are niche markets. Yes, it shows that there is interest in fresh idea games and “fun” titles. BUt 3rd party aren’t looking for those games. They are looking for bread and butter games. The games they can release annually or once every 2 years and keep a base around that.

        Sadly 3rd party support for the likes of the NX would have to have “fun” games and they just won’t take those risks. Because it still comes down to the latest, greatest graphical pushed game. Battlefield, Call of Duty, Overwatch etc. All of those have 1 thing in common: Great graphics. Without it, sadly most people wouldn’t look.


  5. cyrylthewolf

    June 20, 2016 at 07:03

    Oh HERE WE GO. Nintendo just HASN’T learned their fucking lesson after saying basically the SAME GODDAMN THING for the duration of their LAST two FAILING offerings.

    Content is aided by GOOD HARDWARE. People WANT good hardware so that they can run QUALITY CONTENT. What part of this does Nintendo just NOT understand?

    Fuck man… I figured that maybe Nintendo might possibly get their shit together with the NX but it’s starting to look more like it’s going to be more of the same, old BULLSHIT that everyone will forget in a year.

    GOOD LUCK SUCKING, Nintendo. Gods… Just DIE already!


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