NX will put Nintendo 'back in the race,' Ubisoft CEO says

Yves Guillemot continues to shower praise on Nintendo's unannounced console.

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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot continues to praise Nintendo's NX console.

After the Wii U underperformed, the NX is set to mix things up and put Nintendo back in the spotlight as it relates to hardware, the executive said this week. "I believe Nintendo will be back in the race with the NX," Guillemot said during a meeting with investors, according to French journalist Chloe Woitier (via VentureBeat).

This is not the first time Guillemot has spoken out to praise the NX, which Ubisoft is supporting with multiple titles, including Just Dance 2017. Earlier this month, he said the system will be "easy to use" and one that allows for "a different experience from what exists today."

The Wii U performed below expectations, selling only 13.02 million consoles since its 2012 release. By comparison, the Wii sold more than 100 million units in its lifetime.

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In a presentation attended by GameSpot, Guillemot said even more about the NX. He showered it with praise on it, saying the console represents a "new approach."

"The new Nintendo [console] is a fantastic machine," he said. "It's really a new approach, it's really Nintendo, [which is] coming with something new again. We love it."

In addition to Just Dance 2017, Ubisoft is "working on some [other] projects" for the console, though these have not yet been announced.

The system is rumored to be a handheld/console hybrid, a possibility that The Pokemon Company recently lent credence to. It's also said to use cartridges.

According to analysts speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo may finally officially reveal the system in early October. The console is set to launch in March 2017, which is only six months away.

Guillemot's latest comments about the NX came during an investor meeting where Vivendi did not pursue a board seat as part of its reported hostile takeover bid, something that the company feared it might do. You can read GameSpot's full report to learn more about the ongoing story.

For even more, check out GameSpot's in-depth interview with Guillemot.

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