Ubisoft Entertainment SA Chief Executive Officer Yves Guillemot is photogrpahed during an interview at the company's headquarters in Paris, France, on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Image Source: Bloomberg

The French video game developers at Ubisoft have nothing but love for the upcoming Nintendo NX. It seems like the highly anticipated console by Nintendo is a genuine product of innovation, according to the words of CEO Yves Guillemot about the Nintendo NX last week.

Despite Ubisoft and Guillemot being at a crossroads with one of their main stakeholders, the CEO of the company still had time to express his excitement for the new Nintendo hardware. The French executive said that the console would offer truly new ways for developers to conceive and create games for the platform.

Guillemot’s encouraging words come at a time when there is nothing but uncertainty on the horizon for the Nintendo NX. The Japanese video game giant has kept the new console tightly under wraps, betting on their tradition of secrecy surrounding the next generation competitor.

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Nintendo NX will probably not compete with the PS NEO and Project Scorpio directly. Instead, it could focus on AR games to capitalize on the success of Pokemon Go. Image credit: Digital Trends.

Nintendo could be ‘back in the race’ with the new NX console

Last Thursday, Ubisoft held a private meeting with its stockholders, among which the French media powerhouse Vivendi holds nearly 23% of the video game developer’s business.

Shareholders were concerned about Vivendi’s plans to take over Ubisoft shortly, but the executives sorted out the situation and reaffirmed Yves Guillemot’s position as CEO.

In a call with investors, the executive gave his perspective on the upcoming Nintendo NX. “I believe Nintendo will be back in the race with the NX,” said Guillemot. “The new Nintendo is a fantastic machine. It’s really a new approach. It’s really Nintendo coming with something new again. We love it,” he said at a separate event.

In April 2016, during an investors meeting, Nintendo gave the NX a worldwide release date for March 2017 but didn’t debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last June as expected. Image Credit: Dual Pixels
In April 2016, during an investors meeting, Nintendo gave the NX a worldwide release date for March 2017 but didn’t debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last June as expected. Image Credit: Dual Pixels

The French developers and publishers at Ubisoft are the team behind Nintendo’s console titles like Just Dance and Rabbids, games that made of the iconic Wii the large force of nature it was during its time.

Other executives give glimpses of the Nintendo NX

Only a select few in the industry seem to know a thing or two about the Nintendo NX, and many of them are officials with strong ties to the Japanese company itself.

Back in late August, the President of Nintendo North America Reggie Fils-Aimé discussed the upcoming console with the online outlet [a]listdaily. During the interview, the executive hinted at a spring 2017 release for the Nintendo NX. He also noted that the company should do better in terms of communicating to the public about the new home hardware.

Furthermore, a couple of weeks ago the CEO of The Pokémon Company confirmed that the team would bring Pokémon games to the Nintendo NX. While talking about the NX, Tsunekazu Ishihara also confirmed that the NX would be a hybrid between hand-held device and full-fledged console.

Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed the Nintendo NX for Spring 2017
Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed the Nintendo NX for Spring 2017. Image credit: Dual Shockers.

Further official rumors seem to point at Nintendo readopting the cartridge over discs for the new NX. The Japanese company reportedly ordered the production of millions of units ahead of a likely March launch, and several semiconductor components typically seen in cartridges were also ordered as well.

Rumors about the Nintendo NX place the upcoming console in a price range between $399 and $449, making it the priciest console in contrast to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. That is, of course, until the official release of the three companies’ next generation of home consoles.

Source: Venture Beat

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