There’s no denying Nintendo makes some great games. But these days, as the gaming industry gets more and more complex, that’s simply not enough. It’s pretty much confirmed at this point that the Nintendo NX, Nintendo’s next-gen system set to launch in March 2017, will not compete in hardware capabilities with the PS4 and the Xbox One, which have been out for almost three years now.
This is backed by numerous leaks and by comments from Nintendo of America’s COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, who said in recent interviews comments along the lines of “We’re all about the games, not hardware specifications”. It’s true that games matter above all else, but if third-parties can’t bring their games to Nintendo’s system because they have to downgrade the graphics, Nintendo will be missing out on a lot of content. The Wii U proved undeniably that first-party Nintendo titles are not enough to drive sales.
It’s all about the games, Nintendo, but if your hardware isn’t competitive enough, publishers can’t release their games on your platform.