You only have to go back a little more than a month to a time when the press and gaming fans alike knew very little about the Nintendo NX console even though rumors about its existence had been around for some time. Now, however, Nintendo has come clean about the console and some of its features and news about what games it will feature, and software houses that will support it have started to leak information.
Dragon Quest X confirmed
In an unexpected move, this week producer Yosuke Saito and Director Chikara Saito have updated impatient gamers on Dragon Quest X and its rumored launch on the Nintendo NX. It was not much of a shocker, but they confirmed that the game will indeed be making its way to Nintendo’s next console, which has yet to be officially unveiled.
Furthermore, they revealed that as well as launching on the NX, Dragon Quest X will also be made available for the PlayStation 4. As for a launch date, nothing was being given away for either console, except for the fact that the PlayStation 4 version will be released in Japan with good timing.
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Bethesda Softworks talking to Nintendo
At the recent QuakeCon event in Dallas, Texas, the vice president of Bethesda Softworks was asked his opinion on the Nintendo NX and whether his company would be launching any titles on it.
The answer that he gave to the question about supporting the console was an interesting one, as he suggested that the NX itself is going to be a unique proposition, and it would offer something that no other console will! When asked whether he could elaborate on the subject, he declined to answer directly and instead opted to suggest that Bethesda is in constant talks with Nintendo and as such that producing titles for the console is something that his company would be willing to look at if the console supports the games it envisages.
He went on to say that if the NX fits a game from a technical standpoint and is a good fit for a developer in Bethesda’s stable, he does not see a reason why it would not put it out on the NX. Going further, he made it clear that at this stage in the development of the console that it is too early to say whether a game will or won’t be produced. Like for mobile platforms, he believes the need to have the correct fit for the right formats is the only approach to have.
It is rumored that Nintendo is putting together what is called a triple-A software line-up for the Nintendo NX’s launch next year. This, according to the thinking behind it, will enable the console to gain a foothold quickly in the market.
Developer Game Freak is said to be working on a Pokemon game for the console, but as for whether this will be a mobile/console version of the popular Pokemon Go game, no one yet knows. As for Nintendo and its first-party titles, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a new Mario game are both in the works. However, will they be ready for the launch of the console? Some doubters believe that all three could arrive as late as six months after the console is launched.
According to other reports, Nintendo has determined that the NX will not see the same fate as the Wii U or 3DS formats. The firm is said to be busy trying to secure the support of other third-party developers with Sega, Ubisoft, Warner Bros, Activision, and Square Enix already signed up.
As for the reports that the console will be a portable device that plugs into a television and features a breakaway controller, according to Eurogamer, which apparently has a source inside of Nintendo, this is 100% accurate. Nintendo is also supposedly promising graphics somewhat similar to the PlayStation 3 and 4 but aiming the console firmly in the direction of smartphone gamers, hoping that it can convert them.