Aside from being overpowered in the hardware department by its contemporaries, the Nintendo Wii U secured its downfall by neglecting support from 3rd-party developers and banking almost entirely on its slate of intellectual properties. While the Mario and Zelda franchise are without a doubt one of the most popular and bankable in the video game industry, they’re not enough to sway gamers from the powerful PlayStation 4 and the slightly-less-powerful Xbox One.
However, it looks like Nintendo has learned from its mistakes in the way it handled 3rd-party support for the Wii U. According to a report, sourced from people close to Nintendo, the video games giant is working intently to secure backing from game studios such as Sega, Square Enix, Activision, and Ubisoft for its upcoming next-gen console, code-named the ‘NX’. The same sources were the ones that confirmed the rumor that the Nintendo NX will be a handheld hybrid. So, while there’s no official word from Nintendo, the report carries a bit of credence.
This could mean the Nintendo NX may very well boast a diverse lineup of games during its lifespan. One that caters to a much wider audience, not only casual gamers whom they are reportedly trying to woo back, but also hardcore gamers who have yet to abandon dedicated gaming platforms in favor of mobile gaming. For example, the partnership with Square Enix may yield a main Final Fantasy game, while the backing from Activision and Ubisoft may produce installments from their popular franchises like Call of Duty and Far Cry, respectively.
With the way the Wii U left a very sour taste in people’s mouths, the NX needs all the help it can get. Its success may hinge on the small window between its launch in March 2017 and the first month or two. After all, Microsoft’s Project Scorpio will be lurking behind the shadows in holiday season 2017, ready to pounce.