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HOT TAKE: NX’s delay isn’t necessarily a bad thing

2016The internet is abuzz with this morning’s Nintendo news. Another Zelda delay and the lack of content at e3 is a big blow for many. We try to analyze the situation, what went wrong, why they’d delay the NX, and why it’s not the end of the world.

We at CartridgeGames believe that the NX was truly meant to release this year. Last year’s Zelda delay and the news that the NX existed was enough for people to put 1+1 together and see that Zelda Wii U was meant to come to the NX as well. In the last Nintendo Direct of 2015 we got a trailer for Twilight Princess HD that finished with a teaser for Zelda U which ended with a “2016” in the middle of the screen. I doubt they wanted to disappoint fans with another delay.

So, why the delay? There’s no way to say exactly, maybe the hardware isn’t finished. If they’re creating an iOS-like environment I imagine they want to get that right or be stuck with certain issues for several hardware upgrades down the line. Or maybe there’s not enough software ready for a November 2016 release like many speculated. There have been very few verified, genuine leaks and none of them are from the hardware side, that likely means that there’s not a lot of dev kits out there and it’s kind of hard to finish games when the hardware you’re making games for isn’t finished itself.

NX is very important for Nintendo’s future, and their willingness to delay the release instead of releasing it as is during the holidays shows some promise. I was a strong believer that the Wii U should have been released in March of the following year instead of its initial November 2012 release date. A lot of the software from 3rd party developers weren’t finished with poor performance across the board. The OS was slow and unfinished requiring a massive day one patch in order to access a lot of important features and even still it was slow and prone to crashes. On top of that, the release window wouldn’t of looked so dire if there was more software between the launch and the holiday season of the Wii U which could have altered its fate. Hopefully they’ve learned from their mistakes in this regard and this will lead to a much smoother launch than the 3DS and Wii U in the past.

“Why skip e3 if it’s releasing this year?” …This one has me puzzled as well. E3 is definitely declining in relevance, especially to Nintendo with their Nintendo Directs giving them a proper outlet to announce various new projects at once, but it still seems odd to skip the show. There are set expectations that one must meet when at e3 that aren’t necessarily applicable to other broadcasts. If last year’s Digital Event was an average Nintendo Direct a lot of people would’ve been pleased with it or at least not as devastated as they were last year. Avoiding a poor showing by revealing what they have when it’s ready might be the best course of action for Nintendo and if they didn’t have enough ready to show off it would be better than ending the show with another Nintendo Land fireworks show.

So their willingness to delay the system until it’s ready makes it sound better than it just being delayed till 2017. I might not understand everything they’re doing with some questionable decisions, though I do believe that it could very well be for the best. NX’s reveal and launch window must be pulled off excellently if Nintendo wishes to continue in the hardware market. That being said, Nintendo MUST reveal more info on the system as soon as possible. It’s releasing within a year and people’s thirst for news will lead to leaks ruining the messaging that is so important to get right this time around.

Extra hot takes:

This means Wii U technically lived for 4.5 years which is more than most would’ve expected.

March 2017 isn’t a massive delay. It’s 4 months from when NX was supposed to launch

Holiday 2016 is probably going to be rather rough if you don’t own a 3DS. Hang in there.

 

Nintendo to implement an Auditory and Supervisory committee

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Here’s a post trying to explain in simpler terms

From the investor’s conference:

Notice Regarding Transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee
and Introduction of Executive Officer System

Nintendo Co., Ltd. (the “Company”) hereby announces that, at the meeting of the Board of Directors held on April 27, 2016, it resolved to plan to transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee and introduce an Executive Officer System.
The transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee is subject to the approval of the 76th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled to be held on June 29, 2016.

1. Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee
(1) Reason for Transition
By establishing an Audit and Supervisory Committee which consists of a majority of outside directors,
the Company aims to strengthen the audit and supervisory functions of the Board of Directors and
further promote corporate governance.

(2) Time of Transition
The Company plans to transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee upon
receiving approval for the required amendments to the Articles of Incorporation at the 76th Annual
General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled to be held in June 29, 2016.
2. Executive Officer System
(1) Reason for Introduction
By separating the management decision-making and supervisory functions from the execution of
operations and accelerating the delegation of authority to execute operations, the Company aims to
clarify the responsibility for the execution of operations and establish a more flexible management
structure which can appropriately and swiftly respond to the rapidly changing business environment.

(2) Outline of System
– Executive Officers will be appointed by the resolution of the Board of Directors.
– A Director may act concurrently as an Executive Officer.
– Executive Officers will hold their office for one year and may be reappointed.

(3) Time of Introduction
The Company plans to introduce the Executive Officer System concurrently with the transition to a
Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee.
3. Other Information
Please refer to the Consolidated Results for the Years Ended March 31, 2016 released today for the
executive appointment after the transition to a Company with Audit and Supervisory Committee and
introduction of the Executive Officer System.
The content of the amendments to the Articles of Incorporation will be announced as soon as
determined.

Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem projects coming to mobile

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Nintendo confirmed during their investors meeting :

Building on the positive consumer reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises. Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this autumn. 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. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.