What would you say about a game console that you could connect to your TV, or pick up and play on the go? Sounds wonderful to me. Yesterday, Eurogamer made this claim, and they say they have several trustworthy sources giving them this information.
Before we get into the rumored specs discussed in Eurogamer’s article, let’s think about what this implies for the future of Nintendo franchises. Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Smash Bros., Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong, and more will all be on one Nintendo console, instead of a dedicated home console and separate handheld system. You would no longer need to purchase two Nintendo systems. Nintendo could unite all of the hit IPs on one monster system.
I’m down. If I could get all, not some, but all of my Zelda, Pokemon, and Smash Bros. games on one system then I am sold. Previously you had to own both their portable and home systems to play all of the Nintendo exclusives, but maybe no longer. The implications are astronomical.
I discussed some NX rumors in a previous post, but Eurogamer’s article presents this information as fact, not conjecture. Their sources claim the Nintendo NX will be a handheld console with detachable controllers on the side, and it can connect to your TV via a docking station. The unit will also be powered by the Nvidia Tegra X1, but instead of running on the Andriod operationg system as rumored Nintendo will have their own operating system.
As rumored the NX will employ cartridges for physical releases which make sense for a handheld system, even though Nintendo reportedly recommends 32GB cartridges. If you didn’t know modern games are much larger than this. But I think it is safe to assume there is going to be the ability to buy games digitally, considering that Nintendo was toying with the notion of digital-only games.
Nintendo has not been a company to join the graphics race, and they have said as much with the NX. Their philosophy is to let Sony and Microsoft have that mess, and they will pursue great gameplay. Currently the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the only confirmed first-party game for the Nintendo NX, and I’m interested to see how it runs on NX.
Nintendo was scheduled to unveil the NX this September, but Eurogamer’s sources claim Nintendo has ramped up planning for the new system. Nintendo as always declined to discuss the rumors surrounding the system, but considering they PR fiasco that was the Wii U reveal, I think they need to get out in front of this soon. It behooves them to control the conversation on this system. If their reveal goes well, and the system is reasonably priced, then I will preorder it. What about you?