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Nintendo NX Coming in March 2017, New Zelda Delayed Again

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Nintendo just announced that their next generation console, the Nintendo NX, will be launching in March of 2017. This announcement came amidst a great deal of speculation and rumors that production of the Wii U would cease this year. While those rumors were largely debunked by Nintendo, many took even the rumors as a sign that the NX was incoming soon. And that turned out to be the case.

Kotaku reported that Nintendo’s upcoming E3 schedule would not include any additional information about the NX, but the new untitled Zelda title, which was delayed once already, has been pushed back to coincide with the launch of the NX, which suggests that it will be a launch title for the system.

Don’t worry, Wii U owners, it’s still launching for the Wii U as well as per Nintendo’s promise. No official announcement has been made yet, but Nintendo alluded to a “Wii U” version of the game, hinting that it will be launched for both.

Nintendo issues the following announcement regarding their E3 lineup

Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda franchise. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.

Some outlets are calling aspects of this move a huge mistake while others are lauding it as the “smartest thing they’ve done in years.” What do you think? Is the NX Nintendo’s Dreamcast? Or is this a sign of Nintendo’s return to power in the console market? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to follow OSP on Facebook and Twitter (@Official_OnlySP) for all things single player, including more news on Nintendo’s upcoming Zelda title and details about the NX.

Update: We found a Tweet that confirms that the new Zelda game will indeed be launched on both systems simultaneously.

 https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/725224978984083456

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Technology Will Deliver a ‘Brand New Way to Explore the Entire Saga’

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will benefit from modern technological capabilities leading to a whole new project rather than just remastering older episodes.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, James McCloughlin game director at TT Games discussed the studio’s technological progress regarding game design compared to 15 years ago. McCloughlin confirmed that instead of remastering episodes one to six, the studio is developing a whole new experience to align with current player standards.

“We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games—mainly episodes one to six—and since then we have learned so much as a studio.” He continued, “The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.”

One of the main features expected to dramatically change will be the size and scope of episodes one to six. McLoughlin highlights that player freedom is one of the biggest expectations of gamers and cited his experience working on Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War, and the Batman Arkham series.

“Freedom is a massive part of modern games—since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio.”

Furthermore McLoughlin explained that TT Games monitors consumer reception to its games, so after The Skywalker Saga is released the studio will consistently evaluate players’ reactions (both good and bad): “We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn’t as readily available 15 years ago,” he explained. “We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. OnlySP’s Mike Cripe got to see the game in action at E3, finding that it may yet be as good as the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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