An intriguing early announcement in this E3, from a Nintendo perspective, was confirmation of Just Dance 2017 for the Nintendo NX. It's the only major third-party game announced for the mysterious next-gen console during the show so far, and unlike a handful of past announcements that were largely retracted or backtracked upon, this one is more solid.
Whether Ubisoft had agreed the announcement with Nintendo is for the two companies to know, but the wording on the relevant press release stated that the game was coming to all "motion-control gaming platforms", hence the inclusion of NX. By extension this further established that the NX is a home console in some form, and that motion gaming - whether new or simply backwards compatible with Wii U / Wii controllers - is going to be supported.
MCV has been able to get a few words out of EMEA boss Alain Corre about this, and he expressed his confidence that the NX could win over 'lapsed Wii players', the majority that evidently didn't transition over to Wii U. Here's what he said:
We have always appreciated the relationship with Nintendo, the co-creation and the fact that they are really concentrating on quality - they have fantastic brands.
And they are addressing the family market in a very different way, their own way, which we appreciate. We have done a lot of products and successes with Nintendo in the past, and we believe that the NX will recapture a lot the lapsed Wii players. So we will see when they release it, but we are confident.
It's pleasing to see positivity from Ubisoft on the system, even if its reveals for the hardware are (so far) limited to Just Dance 2017. Corre's comments do suggest that, in some form, the NX will offer an experience that could be compelling to the Wii generation of gamers, perhaps targeting broad demographics - the 'blue ocean' or 'casual' market, whichever term you prefer.
What do you think of these comments around NX? Let us know.
Thanks to Benson for the heads up.