Nintendo‘s upcoming gaming console codenamed NX is currently one of the most talked about products in the gaming industry right now. The highly anticipated piece of hardware has garnered attention from those inside the industry as well as average gaming fans as The Big N continues to dominate headlines with NX-related rumors being reported on a near-weekly basis as of late.
That being said, there are still so many questions surrounding the Nintendo NX: When will we learn more about this mysterious console? What is this “new way to play?” Will the NX be a return to more traditional consoles? What is it? With rumors and theories surrounding the Nintendo NX being published at an astonishing rate, it may feel as though the public has a good handle of what this mystery console actually is and what it is capable of, but the truth is, there are very few facts out there concerning this piece of gaming hardware.
Well, it appears as though we can add one more tally to the fact column, as Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed that the gaming publisher will support the Nintendo NX. When asked in a recent interview with Game Informer if Ubisoft would have any games available during the NX’s launch window, Guillemot had this to say:
“You can expect we’ll support Nintendo. Nintendo is one of the best partners in the world.”
Ubisoft has stood by their word so far as the publisher has already announced Just Dance 2017 for the future gaming console. At this moment, this latest installment in the popular Just Dance franchise is the only game Ubisoft has announced for the Nintendo NX, but it should be noted that the console’s launch is still over eight months away at the earliest. For the Wii U alone, Ubisoft released popular titles such Rayman Legends, ZombiU, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and Watch Dogs, most notably.
Still, with the Wii U serving as a disappointment for Nintendo financially, it is unlikely that Ubisoft will continue to support the NX if it does not perform significantly better than its predecessor. Yes, the Japanese gaming giant may be “one of the best partners in the world,” but business is business, and if Nintendo does not right the ship, Ubisoft will likely not be criticized for jumping overboard.
That being said, it is encouraging to see Ubisoft backing Nintendo out of the gate. The French video game developer could have just as easily taken a “wait and see” approach with the upcoming console, but they have decided to go ahead and announce Just Dance 2017 as a NX title early on. With The Big N being a more family-friendly brand, Just Dance is a good match as the franchise has historically sold well on previous Nintendo consoles – namely the Wii. As far as other Ubisoft games appearing on the Nintendo NX are concerned however, it appears as though we will have to wait and see.
The Nintendo NX is slated to launch in March of 2017.