|binary solo said:
If NX serves as both a handheld and home console how does one measure it against the past? Is it fair to compare it to the N64 or any other past N home consoles (leaving aside non-N consoles) when all those past consoles targetted a narrower market?
If, as most suspect, NX is targeting home console and handheld gamers is it more apples to apples to compare N64+ Game Boy sales during the N64 years?
Arguably, because in pretty much every generation Nintendo's handheld hardware has sold better than its home console hardware, NX should be primarily tracked as a handheld device, with home console application. Thus its sales should be compared to past gen handheld devices rather than home console devices. And in terms of head to head 9th gen sales (assuming Xb one 2 and PS5 ever happen) it's the lone handheld on the market and it is not tracked as a home console along with whatever SOny and MS put out.
I am speaking as if NX were a home console only. HOWEVER if it is a hybrid it would still be counted the same way as long as it plays the same games with cross functionality. NX is NX and if it interests gamers in a way that will sell more than X1 and N64, then it is more successful, period. I will not deduct points for innovation that pays off.
Well, if it's a home console only and hold no interests for the handheld gamer then I doubt it will sell better than N64 or Xb one (depending on how much longer Xb one stays on the market).
It's not a question of deducting points, it's a question of what is a logical comparison. If the NX primarily sells to handheld gamers then it is more logical to assess its success as a handheld device. 3DS is more successful than N64 and Xb one, but no one ever compares them becuase they do not sell in the same gamer market and thus such a comparison is meaningless. Similarly one needs to analyse where NX sales are coming from in order to make sensible comparisons to past generations and to contemporary competition (if there is any). If NX is 85% selling for its handheld functionality then it is not competing with Xb one for sales and it's not comparable to past gen home consoles.
I have no idea what NX is likely to be, but if it's effectively a handheld with a TV docking station and a controller then I would call it an enhanced handheld rather than a home console and I would analyse its performance relative to the history of handheld devices.
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