The Nintendo NX is on the horizon, and many of us are hoping that Nintendo has some decent 3rd party support with a wider selection of games to choose from this time around. Sadly, not all developers are very positive about Nintendo’s future with 3rd parties.
Ori and the Blind Forest developer Thomas Mahler from Moon Studios has stated his frustrations with Nintendo and other companies’ approaches to the secrecy of their upcoming consoles. He thinks that this overly-ambitious secrecy and mystery, even towards game developers interested in working with the NX, may cause problems for the NX’s future with 3rd parties. He also says that no developers likely even have NX development kits yet, which could cause huge issues in Nintendo releases the console this year.
“What’s needed to sell hardware is godd*** good software. With Nintendo not having any devkits out there at this point and probably even wanting to sell it in 2016, I can already guarantee that they’ll just not have any software support, since nobody can just jumble games together in less than a year. I mean, you can, but it’ll be garbage.”- Thomas Mahler
Mahler continued to state that this is an issue with all console manufacturers, putting too much credence into the importance of their new console, that they believe they need to keep every little detail a secret to everyone. According to Mahler, the ideal situation would be knowing about a new console and having dev kits sent out two years in advance to a console’s launch. Though, such an event with the NX would be unlikely even if it doesn’t release this year.
I hope that Mahler is wrong, and that Nintendo will really pick up on 3rd party support. Unfortunately, recent history makes this outcome seem unlikely. Let’s hope that Nintendo can surprise us.by