It’s been long. So long. The NX was “announced” at the same time as Nintendo announced their intentions to release mobile games. So it’s been a while – a year and a half, to be specific. The NX was Nintendo’s way of reassuring their fans that they weren’t going mobile-only. But until now that’s been almost all anyone has known about the NX: it’s a device that means that Nintendo aren’t going mobile-only. The only other thing we know about the NX, officially, is that the upcoming Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, is going to be released for Wii U and NX in March 2017. That helps pin certain things down, but still it doesn’t tell us a whole lot, especially given the mysteries and surprises that Nintendo’s hardware have contained ever since the original DS’s dual screens.
When you think back, it’s no wonder people are so intrigued. How exactly are Nintendo going to top dual screens (DS), motion controls (Wii), a 3D screen (3DS), and a portable tablet-like controller (Wii U)? If past precedent is anything to go on, the NX is going to be anything but an average PC-in-a-box console. But even precedent has not seen anything quite like this: now as we enter late October, the NX’s release is due within the next five months! No wonder there’s an unbelievable sense of anticipation and excitement around the reveal of what NX is going to do differently.
The NX rumour mill has been gathering steam these past few days… something’s got to give. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some webpage refreshing to do – where was I?
EDIT: And what do you know, less than a minute after publishing this here post, a wild NX appeared:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) 20 October 2016
There’s tons and speculation, it’s wild, and everyone wants to know: what is NX? Seriously, what is it? Well, I’m going to tell you. Consider it a leak. NX is… Fred Willard. It’s just him. He is the NX.
The funny thing is, the evidence has been out there all along. It was on the original Wii’s Nintendo Channel. But no one actually used the Nintendo Channel, so that’s why no one realised until now. Thankfully some brave soul ripped some videos off of there which offer proof.
Just think about it. Here, in this advert, Fred Willard is the star. The DS barely features, even though they reference it several times. But the DS was extremely popular at the time, it overshadowed Willard. So, as with many of Nintendo’s internal experiments, Nintendo kept the core idea (Fred Willard) in hibernation for years with the intention of re-packaging and selling it at a later date. Nothing goes to waste at Nintendo, and we have a great many examples of this, from Mario 128, the tech demo that became Pikmin, to Stage Debut, the tech demo that became Miis. And now it’s Fred Willard’s turn, and he’s bringing the whole gang along for the NX release: Paul, Richard, Robbie, the butcher, and last but not least the vegetarian and not-vegetarian, spicy and not-spicy chili con carne!
OK so let’s be real for a minute. I have been itching to post this video since I discovered it last week. It’s so insipid, so low-key, so mundane… it should be boring, right? Then why is it so utterly compelling? Who are all these non-Fred Willards in the video? Are we supposed to know who they are? Because the advert seems to think we already do! Honestly, even though this video doesn’t inspire the same kind of cheesy nostalgia as last week’s featured Star Fox 64 advert, I think this is just as good, maybe better. And if you think so too then you’re in luck because there’s more.
Specifically, there’s a remix (something the kids are calling Youtube Poop?), and an extremely well-done one at that. This short film, which is considerably longer than the original video, completely flips the original on its head thanks to the inspired decision to incorporate footage from the Wizard of Oz film. Yes yes yes! I urge everyone to see this, so do check out both part one and part two. (Part two is where things get really weird.) Then, drop a comment letting me know what you think. Am I crazy for thinking both of these videos, the original and the remix, are genius?