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REPORT - Nintendo Begins Distributing Software Kit for New NX Platform

TOKYO— Nintendo Co. has begun distributing a software development kit for its new NX videogame platform, people familiar with the matter said, suggesting the company is on track to introduce the product as early as next year.

The kit is used by third-party software developers to modify existing games for the platform or create new ones. Videogame console makers such as Nintendo like to have popular game titles ready when they start selling new devices.

Nintendo’s current flagship products are the Wii U, a console typically used in the living room, and the portable 3DS device. Both have been out for several years, leading analysts to predict that the Kyoto-based entertainment powerhouse will move fairly swiftly to bring out the NX.

“We are increasingly of the idea that Nintendo might launch the NX in 2016 because of the softness of 3DS and Wii U,” said David Gibson, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities.

A Nintendo spokeswoman said the company plans to disclose details of NX next year.

Square Enix Co. said in July that it planned to make the latest version of its blockbuster role-playing game Dragon Quest for the NX. That version, called Dragon Quest XI, is also planned for the 3DS and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4.

The exact shape of the NX hardware isn’t yet clear. People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use. They also said Nintendo would aim to put industry-leading chips in the NX devices, after criticism that the Wii U’s capabilities didn’t match those of competitors.

Nintendo’s former president, Satoru Iwata, said in March that NX “is a platform dedicated for videogames.” Mr. Iwata died in July, and his post was assumed in September by Tatsumi Kimishima, a former banker who served as one of Mr. Iwata’s top lieutenants at Nintendo.

Mr. Kimishima is expected to carry forward the strategy of Mr. Iwata, a legendary figure for many videogame fans. In the months before his death, Mr. Iwata laid out plans to put Nintendo characters in games for mobile devices under a partnership with DeNA Co. and made a deal with amusement park operator Universal Parks & Resorts, which is part of Comcast Corp.

“Nintendo is no longer just a traditional videogame company,” said industry veteran Hirokazu Hamamura, a director at Kadokawa Dwango Corp., which publishes magazines about videogames.


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Finally. Now leaks and information should move a lot faster. I could see an official reveal in March or April.

So it begins..............................

This is exciting.

Can't wait to see the NX Handheld and NX Console in Fall '16 / Early '17!

Welp. This pretty much confirms that NX won't be coming 'til mid 2017. There's no way they'll get a bunch third party games for announcement in just half a year of development.

This does not mean that NX won't come out until 2017. They can use the dev kits to put games they are already working on onto the NX to see how well it runs, what all adjustments need to be made for it to work on the NX, etc. This isn't the Atari or NES days where games have to be programmed from scratch for each console.

I'm not sure if releasing just a bunch of ports will help the NX. It didn't do much for the Wii U.

It all depends on what games they're porting and how much effort went into them. Wii U had lots of ports at launch, but they were all old titles, vanilla ports with no DLC, or just plain out lazy porting jobs minus a few exceptions. If companies decide to port over recent titles or release concurrently with NX we might see a different situation.

it seems so official, so "leaks" within a week ? just in time to you know, do stuff on some stuff market.

"people familiar with the matter said, suggesting the company is on track to introduce the product as early as next year."

Well, I guess that "people familiar with the matter" have NO IDEA of what they are saying.

First, there's no way Nintendo would release a home console in the beginning of the year. New home console are always released in Novemeber/December for obvious reasons.

Second, devs are getting the kits now, how the heck are they gonna have their games ready in just a few months? That's just not possible. Specially because it's new hardware, so they're gonna spend a lot of time just learning about it and experimenting with it before even thinking about making a game.

The fact they are getting the kits now only shows the relase of the NX will be in 2017. Even late 2016 is pushing it, because it would mean devs would have only one year to make and only a few month to actually have something to show at E3...

I took the word "introduce" to mean reveal, not release.

I think you may be the one who has NO IDEA what you're saying. It says as early as next year, not early next year. Meaning sometime in 2016, which could be over one year from now.

Haha right? It's like the Wii U era has trained Nintendo fans to be defensive even when nothing is at stake or the attitude makes no sense.

There were rumours of the NX being handed out to third parties at E3 behind closed doors (and I'm sure bigger third parties would get it the earliest). Even still, October 2015 to November 2016 is a year.

Not handed... it was just talk about the specs and concepts. And that was to a very limited selection...

Just checked, my mistake. Still, they have a year from now to release.

Bear in mind they've already said they'll be introducing us to the NX next year. That's a very deliberate word choice; it doesn't necessarily mean launch.

Yeah, this means 2017, it takes a year to get used to new hardware, and that's assuming they already have a product half way developed they plan to switch over to the new hardware. most games have a 2 year bake time from Nintendo

gbpackers31
Fri Oct 16 15 11:56am
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Nintendo 1st party studios have obviously been developing for NX for quite some time. You don't get reports saying dev kits are being distributed for them. Nintendo's close 3rd party partners have also likely had kits for a while as well, considering we have some insider comments about specs and games in development as early as February this year, plus you have the DQ slip-up.

This is likely for everyone else, which is how it finally leaked out that developers have received kits. So for Nintendo and their partners, that's plenty of time for games to be developed. For everyone else, a year to port their Fall 2016 titles is enough time too.

NX is 2016.

setzer gabbiani
Fri Oct 16 15 10:51am
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SquareEnix said it "might" release DQX for NX. That part of the report is misleading, but I guess it's officially official that Nintendo is ready to move on...shame because I love my Wii U and its eclectic mix of exclusives.

I'm of the mind that NX will be like Wii U, but the pad itself will be a separate console that you can take with you on the road. A "2 birds one stone" situation. It would also make sense since the portable/console teams are working closely together now.

Let's hope this will get a traditional controller and use the portable for extra features. I liked it during the Gamecube days, but it wasn't well-realized (in terms people having to buy cables).

The exact shape of the NX hardware isn’t yet clear. People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use.

Console/Handheld Hybrid confirmed? ish?

You guys are dreaming. The NX will be fall 2016. This X-mas is the last for the Wii U. They will launch it with Zelda as its killer app. Why wait till 2017? The time it takes to develop a big killer exclusive plus launching mid gen means they must launch with Zelda.

Fri Oct 16 15 12:01pm
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We'll see where the NX goes from here on. Hopefully this time there won't be "unprecedent partnerships".

They really are emphasizing on the console and portable hybrid. If the console AND that device can play next gen then I can't help but wonder Nintendo selling this package for $400 at launch.

Man I need to finish my time machine because I want to see how this will roll out already!

Ya... I love Nintendo, but no way they're gonna use industry leading chips maybe they meant from industry leading chip manufacturers which nakes more sense. Although this would help with the rumors Nintendo is testing VR and AR for NX, but I doubt they'd go all out when in 3-4 years Sony and MS will have even more powerful systems out. Though I guess Nintendo could use NX as a 3-4 year stopgap, but that would make "Industry Leading Chips" much more unlikely especially coupled with the fact this is supposedly a console/Handheld hybrid...

Finally I know he's only a temp, but the current CEO was against making the Wii a powerhouse.

I'm of the belief that NX will be 2016, most likely holiday although Nintendo would launch it earlier if they could. Wii U's anemic E3 was all the proof I need - Wii U is on its way out sooner than later. I can understand the frustration fans are feeling but Nintendo wants to put that disaster behind them. If NX serves as a 3DS replacement maybe it won't sting so bad.

When were SDKs first sent out for Wii U and Wii? We need more context if we're going to judge the 2016 remark.

the first Wii U dev kits were sent around late 2010 early 2011 to my knowledge, they didn't even have a gamepad yet.

Good to know, thanks!

This basically means Nintendo is planning a 2017 release, unless you want no games at launch besides New Super Mario Bros NX and crummy ports of old third party games.

Well if the Wii U is any indication for the release date window, if they show the NX off next year, it will likely be released sometime in 2017.

grcpan
Fri Oct 16 15 01:58pm
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ZeldaUNX confirmed

It will be truly tragic if WiiU doesn't get a new Zelda game. Then again it is highly likely that ZeldaU will end up like TP, which is tragic already.

Without a Metroid, Wii U is tragic enough.

I TOLD YA'LL IT'D BE A MOBILE/CONSOLE HYBRID!

Now watch it run Android to some extent.

Now that's grasping at straws.

I could see 2016 but would that be enough time for them to get substantial third party effort for launch? I don't want to see a repeat of Wii U's launch.

Why do I get the feeling that WSJ is just bored? The last time they tried a Nintendo rumor with the Zelda Netflix collaboration BS it went nowhere.

Didn't Netflix CONFIRM that they were at least in negotiations with Nintendo? I wouldn't call that nowhere...

No, they never said anything.

So ready. Can't wait to see what the NX turns out to be.

Not sure how this is going to work. I thought it was going to play out more like a playstation tv and a vita and was more of a move so that Nintendo could consolidate their resources and keep both platforms healthy even if alone. As someone who prefers gaming at home, I would just swipe up the "home" version, but this is giving me whacky transformer vibes.

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