Nintendo NX – Plan C
NX Plans: With NX information coming next year, we’re all kind of curious to what approach Nintendo will make with their next console/device. I’ve decided to have fun with this and speculate different plans/options Nintendo could have when releasing the NX. None of this is actually based on information from Nintendo, this is not a leak, this is speculation and strategy ideas. Over the next week I will be posting at least 4 different strategy plans laying out objectives and how it is expected to succeed.
Plan C’s Objective:
To bring Nintendo back as a household name and utilize it’s large game library from the past, to bring in nostalgic older gamers playing retro games, and introduce older titles and franchises to younger audiences. The NX will not actually be a console, but more of a streaming service and Roku Box-like device. Different hardware can be sold to use the NX platform, it can run as a home box device, or an app/service that runs through Wii U, 3DS, PC and mobile devices.
The system specs are a little bit vague, as it will primarily run off of a Roku-Box device that will give enough power to allow Nintendo to stream their older games all through one service. Every console and handheld ever available in one device, and used on a service that will be known as the Netflix of Video Games. Sega currently has a cheap Genesis console with 40 games built in, this would be a similar idea by Nintendo but with the streaming technology and subscription service the idea is expanded upon to include all of Nintendo’s library and become much more appealing and profitable.
The NX will only play digital games so there is no backwards compatibility for physical games. Your eShop purchases from the Wii U, Wii and 3DS will carry over however to the NX.
Retro Games Through NX:
As previously mentioned, the NX will have Nintendo’s past library’s digitally through the streaming service. This is the NX’s biggest appeal, it is a way for NX owners to play games from past Nintendo consoles such as NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, DS, and 3DS. The library will include a large amount of games from the first day of release, including all Nintendo games currently on the Wii U & 3DS Virtual Console. Third Parties will be welcomed and strongly encouraged to release their past games on the NX, the idea is to re-create the game libraries from all of these past consoles. Creating something of a digital all-in-one Nintendo console and store.
Games will still be developed for the Wii U and 3DS and those games will also appear on the NX service. Indies will appear commonly on the NX. The NX might also see some popular third party games such as Assassin’s Creed, Batman, COD, etc (similar to the type of titles that appeared on the OnLive console from years ago). The NX could possibly handle PC games streamed off of Nintendo’s servers, this making Third Party and Indie titles easier to include.
Entirely through Nintendo’s service. Players can either rent games, purchase games or sign up for a subscription with unlimited rentals.
My Nintendo Services:
The NX will have a service that will allow the games to be streamed onto the device through rentals and subscription. The main function of the NX is to use this service and allow it to function on other devices too, the NX hardware is the streaming device promoted for those without a Nintendo console.
Miiverse Functionality will be improved and more interaction on the NX. Players will be able to stream, post videos, screenshots and have discussion in the Miiverse Communities. This will also be accessible from a desktop or mobile device. Online guides and wiki’s will be a possibility too. Players will be able to share play statistics (Time Played, Favorite Game, etc) and some sort of “Achievement” system will be present.
NX Console = $99.99 w/1 Free Month and $10 Purchase Credit – Nintendo’s goal here is to sell this device and get you hooked into the subscription. If the NX is cheap enough, more people might bite on it, then hopefully Nintendo can get them to fork over $10 a month in subscription fees for the service. Again this device is similar to one of those Atari Joystick’s with games bundled in, only that the NX is expanded on with streaming capabilities, a subscription service adding more games, and the ability to use the platform on several different devices.
No Console = $14.99 a month – The service would cost $14.99 for those who don’t buy the NX console, anyone who wants to stream the NX service to a PC, Mobile Device, 3DS or Wii U would have to pay $14.99 a month. Anyone who has a NX (maybe include Wii U & 3DS too) registered to their account could get it for the discounted $9.99 a month
Feedback: What problems do you have with this plan? What would you like to see improved? What is missing or being overlooked? Would you purchase the NX under this situation? If you have any questions or concerns on how this would work out, please comment below ask. I’ll update with a “FAQ” or “Good Questions” section and provide the possible answers or work around.