April 27 marked the date in which Nintendo shared their financial news with investors following the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. During the briefing, however, we were finally made aware of some of the details regarding NX, officially.
For quite some time now, the rumor mills has run amok with leaks and reveals, and “confirmed” news; enough to suffocate the most casual observer. Nintendo finally shared a little information today, though, that answered some line ring questions, but also presented several new ones, as well.
A few key things to note from the briefing are the results and future plans for Nitendo’s mobile initiative, The Legend of Zelda game news, and of course, the Nintendo NX limited details. People have been clamoring for the inside track on this news for a while now, so it is good on the one hand that there is finally some information to hold onto as official verification, but the idea of concrete details has already invited the disappointed and quick-to-criticize crowd along for the ride.
Nintendo shared that Miitomo, the company’s first foray into the mobile app market, has delivered some highly encouraging numbers. There have been some promising results that are allowing Nintendo to realize their goals of expanding the reach of the or unique IP into the market even beyond their video game presence.
Along with these outstanding user numbers, Nintendo also has, to date, sparked more than 300 million conversations in Miitomo. In addition, users can insert their Mii characters into photos to create unique “Miifotos” that can be shared through various social media. As of now, more than 20 million Miifotos have been created. To celebrate Miitomo hitting 10 million users, Nintendo will run a special 10-day “Celebrating 10 Million Users!” promotion April 29-May 8.
In addition to the wonderful information given about Miitomo, we also learned that Nintendo will indeed be releasing two more mobile apps. These two apps will be game apps, as opposed to the communications/information app that Miitomo is. Of course, this information was already relayed previously, but it’s always good to have confirmation. The two apps that will be launching in the Fall of this year are Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing apps.
Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this fall. As for the former app, while making it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game. Nintendo will design the latter game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure game applications.
Seeing their approach to these two apps, though both are games, will allow us to see how Nintendo is able to address seemingly opposing target audiences. From “core”-style gamers with Fire Emblem to “casual”-style gamers with Animal Crossing, we will be able to delight in their efforts, fairly soon.
Now, one of the most anticipated bits of information came in the form of a short statement, but within that statement lies a kernel of detail that is sure to spring forth countless discussions, speculation, and of course prognostication! Stay tuned for that.
As the first announcement of any NX information, Nintendo confirmed that NX is scheduled to launch in March 2017. NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year.
After the NX bomb, we heard the first bit of information for quite some time about the newest installment in the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda. In addition to a “new” launch date, we also learned of the magnitude of its E3 presence, as well.
The latest installment in this classic franchise is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both Wii U and NX, and both versions of the game have been in development in tandem. Because developers need more time to polish the game, it will launch in 2017, but it will be the focus of Nintendo’s presence at E3.
Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda franchise. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.
With this influx of news directly from Nintendo, we are fortunate to no longer have to speculate and guess about certain things. However, with these revelations, it somehow brings about seemingly more consternation from a vocal minority (who seems to be a majority, at times). Over the next few days, I will share my thoughts and predictions going forward and into E3. Today though, I will leave it at this: many people in this gaming community are in need of the skill of disciplining their disappointment. Far too often the act of allowing hype to rule their attitude is a best practice of the many. That’s a dangerous place to live. It causes people to go through emotional roller coasters that, frankly, are counter-productive. It seems strange to me, that when we take up the responsibility to be the bearers of new information to masses of people, we choose to be irresponsible in how we share it. I can appreciate differing views and even dissenting opinions, but it becomes irresponsible when we fly off the handle (so to speak) at every turn. Allow yourself to formulate sound thoughts using complete information, and it will certainly make for much less volatility in the delivery of information and the community. Think on it…
What were you able to glean from the information shared by Nintendo today? What are your thoughts on the success of Miitomo? What about the two new mobile apps coming in the Fall? Did you anticipate the NX launch being in March 2017, and what do you think about it?
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!