GoNintendo - Today's BIG Story 1/1717: Could the Switch get another new Zelda title?

Welcome to Today's BIG Story for Jan. 17th, 2017. Are you ready for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U & Switch? Well Nintendo's developers are already toying with the idea of another new entry for Switch!

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Konami says Super Bomberman R price is yet to be finalized

I know a lot of people are interested in the game, but won't jump on due to the $60 price. Good to see Konami is still trying to figure out the final price. Thanks to Neo Dark for the heads up!

Reggie says Wii U struggled due to lack of clarity & steady flow of compelling games, Switch won't do the same

Coming from a GameSpot interview with Reggie Fils-Aime...

- Nintendo has thought deeply about why the Wii U didn't succeed
- Nintendo did not effectively communicate the novelty of the system
- the "clarity of the consumer proposition" was not strong enough
- also, there wasn't a steady flow of compelling games
- strong games coming out frequently is a "critical" component to selling Switch consoles and to keep existing users engaged
- Switch will have a "steady cadence of content"

"Nintendo Switch is a home console you can play anywhere, with anyone. Clear. Compelling. We see the reaction by consumers whether it's measured in Twitter trending topics or views of videos on YouTube or just the frequency with which I get called by old high school buddies that I haven't heard from in 30 years who are asking me how to get their hands on Nintendo Switch. We have communicated the proposition clearly and it is compelling.

Wii U will go down as having fantastic content--the issue was as you look at the reality of exactly when the games were launched, there were large gaps in between."

Nintendo will be at GDC 2017

No real surprise here, but still good to know. Nintendo will once again be at GDC this year. They've already grabbed booth spots MR5226, BMR5230 and BMR5225, which are in the North Hall of the complex. Seems like it's business as usual for the Big N, but you can believe some important meetings are going to be had behind closed doors.

GAME lists Splatoon 2 with Aug. 18th, 2017 release date

Most likely a placeholder, but I guess we'll find out eventually. I'd expect an official release date to be pegged at E3 2017.

IGN - Nintendo details the differences between The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch/Wii U

- Both launch on the same day, March 3.
- Both have a frame rate of 30fps.
- Both versions of the game offer the same content.
- On a TV, the Nintendo Switch version of the game renders in 900p while the Wii U version renders in 720p.
- The Nintendo Switch version has higher-quality environmental sounds. As a result, the sound of steps, water, grass, etc. are more realistic and enhance the game’s Open-Air feel.
- The physical copy of the Wii U version will require 3GB of available memory on the Wii U system or an external drive.
- Some icons, such as onscreen buttons, differ between the two versions.
- A Special Edition and Master Edition of the Wii U version are not available.

Aonuma, Miyamoto talk about the chances of another new Zelda on Switch

Coming from an IGN interview with Eiji Aonuma...

“I haven’t been able to fully use all of the new features of the system. There could be the possibility of another Zelda on Nintendo Switch. It’s always easy to top the best. I think the core element of Zelda gameplay kind of stays the same. There’s the main character development as well as characters you meet along the way, and then you learn new things as the character develops. With that said I think we could keep all that, and then I do wonder how we can expand from here with that in mind.”

Coming from Shigeru Miyamoto...

“Mr. Aonuma is the producer for Zelda. If we don’t create another one, he’s going to be out of a job, that should be his motivation for another one. As a company, Nintendo releases a main series in our key franchises for every new hardware that we’ve put out. If we release another hardware, that’ll be another new Zelda.”