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The Future of Nintendo: Moving on Through 2016

Author: Danielle Crowder
30-Jan-2016

Category: Opinion

My thoughts on how Nintendo will improve throughout 2016 and what to expect of the future.

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The Year of 2015 has come and gone, I thought I talk about Nintendo and its upcoming content in 2016, and how Nintendo will improve throughout the year, because I can definitely say for sure 2015 was not their best year. I mean there were was some pretty good games throughput the year, but it didn't have that big holiday game. I mean the 3DS had some really great games, but not as much for the Wii U. I think the only games that definitely were close was Splatoon, Super Mario Maker, and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Now the only reason why I didn't include the Super Smash Brod. DLC is, because even though the DLC was released this year, however the game was released back in 2014. 

Nintendo scheduleSo how is Nintendo going to improve throughout 2016. Well there are few big things that will definitely point Nintendo in the right direction with the NX coming out, the integration to mobile, and the partnership with DENA, possibly some more free to play games for the 3DS, because I liked how they experimented with the free to play games, but there really wasn't that many games that really interested me except maybe the Nintendo Badge Arcade, but I wished they had more content to it. Not only that, but we also have the new account system My Nintendo, and Nintendo expanding its IP to possible TV and movie, the future theme park opening up in Universal Orlando, and of course The Legend of Zelda's 30th Anniversary.

Wii U

So the first thing is, how is Nintendo going to keep Wii U gamers satisfied until the release of the NX? Because we still don't know first of all what NX really is, and when it's coming out until possibly around E3 of 2016. I mean yes there are some great games coming out next year for the Wii U, and 3DS For example we have Pokken Tournament, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Paper Mario, Twilight Princess HD, possibly Pikimin 4, future DLC for Super Mario Maker, and Splatoon, along with new eShop titles, and of course the two big games that everyone has been waiting for since they were announced last year Star Fox Zero, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U. Not only that. However these games are all released during around starting out with Twilight Princess HD, and Pokken Tournament coming out in March and then we have Star Fox Zero coming out in April. So that leaves us with nothing from January to March, and we don't about any other games besides those not only that, but we still don't no anything about the release date for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, or for the rumored Paper Mario game, and whether or not Pikimin 4 is coming to Wii U or not. So one things that Nintendo needs to do is release a Nintendo Direct sometime in January, and talk about some new upcoming games for the Wii U, for up to the first quarter to the second quarter of the year, and see how they'll cover that drought throughout the months of January through March. I mean yes there are whole bunch of great games coming out for the 3DS, such as Fire Emblem Fates, Project X Zone 2, Bravely Default Second, Dragon Quest VII, and VIII, and Hyrule Warriors Legends, Final Fantasy Explorers, and Mario and Luigi Paper Jam. Yes although most of those games will hold us over until then, but I want to see what games they will release throughout that first period of the year, and more info games coming out later on in the year. Especially for the Wii U, and it would be nice to hear about some new games for the 3DS, and more info on the new mobile games.

The second thing is what audience are they aiming for? When the Wii U was released Nintendo was trying to aim at hardcore gamers, the type of gamers who play games on the PlayStation and XBOX, however they fell short, and hard time finding their footing. So one of things that moving on especially with the NX and the mobile games coming out. I think they need to focus on what audience they are aiming for. I can definitely say for sure that the mobile games are aimed for those who haven't played Nintendo games before, or haven't played them as much. Now as for the NX they need to have a balance between the hardcore gamers, and the casual gamers otherwise they'll be in same situation that they were with the Wii U, but if they releae a good lineup and have that balance then they'll be in great shape moving forward. Not just that, but they also need to find a balance between the handheld and console, because you can't keep juggling between two, and try give good content for both systems so Nintendo needs to figure something out, and decide on what they're going to do. I think they were on the right track with utilizing the gamepad for the Wii U, but I think that it should find a way to utilize games to other devices like the 3DS or your smartphone or your tablet, because one of the things I liked about the gamepad was the fact that you could play your games on a separate screen, but you could only have at a certain amount of range, and you couldn't take it with you. So I want to see how Nintendo will integrate games to other platforms moving on.


Miiverse

The third thing is how Nintendo will improve with its social aspect? Now Nintendo was in the right direction with this with Miiverse, however Miiverse is very restrained I think about the stuff they allow on there, and although I do like how they have these different communities for the games, and also how you're able to put up your photos from the game your playing, and of course the multiple drawings that I see up there which some are just amazing, but my problem with Miiverse is that if this a social aspect then it shouldn't have to go from one screen to another just to get to Miiverse, and also the content is just limited to only about well games. I think they either need to fix it altogether or do something different altogether. Or just start allowing to be able to use Facebook or Twitter, because one things I love is that when I want to share something on my iPad or iPhone all I have to do is tap on the share icon, tap on the Facebook or Twitter icon, and post, and it takes about 3 to 4 seconds to do all that and that how long it should take, and that's not the only issue they have. The other problem that Nintendo has is with people wanting to stream their games, but they are very restrictive of what games you can stream, and if you do, you have to subscribe to Nintendo's Creation Program so Nintendo needs to understand that people want to be able to share their experience with others, and that we are in a social age.

The fourth thing is how will they expand its IP? So one the things that Nintendo has talked about is expanding their IP to TV and movies. Now recently on Disney XD they did a Mario Kart 8 Tournament called Clash of Karts, now this was the first time that a special event was aired on their network that centered around a Nintendo game, and I'm glad that they chose Mario Kart 8. Now this is something I would like to see more of in the future. This is definitely a sports game that deserves to be brought to the competitive audience , but I would also like to see other games brought in to other forms of entertainment such as movies and TV. I mean I would like to see Nintendo's other major IP get that type of treatment. I mean Kirby, and Pokemon, they've all have been brought to the small screen, and we know there's the rumored Super Mario movie, and the new Legend of Zelda series, and also with the future theme park coming to Universal Orlando.

Nintendo Experiences

The sixth thing is that how will they connect the multiple accounts across systems? Now I believe the answer to that lies with the new account system My Nintendo, by allowing you to sign into your account and being able to download the games you bought to other systems. For example if you bought something on your 3DS, and you want to download it to another system all you would have to do is sign in to your account, and download it. So I want to see how My Nintendo will allow people to download their games to other systems.The last thing is that how they improve on the distribution for their physical items such as Amiibo, and physical rewards? Because although Amiibo sold really well, there were some problems, especially when it came to the preorders. There were whole bunch of issues trying to get those Amiibo in stores and trying to get them into stock. I'm also wondering on they will send out their physical rewards, because back during Club Nintendo when they had the special offer for the Super Smash Bros. Soundtrack, and Mewtwo DLC code. Now I got the code, but I never got soundtrack, and I hope moving on they'll do a better job at distributing their physical items.

So that is all I have to say about that, and I can't wait to see how Nintendo will improve moving on into 2016.



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