A new report from Eurogamer claims that multiple sources have revealed to them that the upcoming device from Nintendo codenamed the “NX” will be a hybrid portable game console that can transform from a playable mobile tablet into a home console by hooking up to your TV.
The report showcases a concept diagram of what the Nintendo NX will supposedly look like, where it has a tablet screen with two controllers on the side. Fully assembled it looks like the Nintendo Wii U’s GamePad, where there are two analog sticks, one on the left and one on the right side, a digital pad on the left side just beneath the analog and four face buttons just beneath the right right analog. You can see what it looks like below courtesy of Eurogamer.
Being able to carry the NX around and play games on it with the controllers on the side and then take it home and plug into the TV for HD gaming seems kind of cool. It reminds me of how the game’s on the Turbo Grafx 16 were interchangeable between the console and the handheld. If the reports are true then Nintendo is taking a page out of the old 16-bit console war era.
And speaking of games… the report further states that the Nintendo NX will supposedly use 32GB cartridges. There have been some arguments over whether or not they’re actual cartridges or solid state media. Of course, there are no confirmations at this point from Nintendo because they’ve already said they won’t be revealing more until next year in March.
Anyway, Eurogamer wraps it up by stating that the NX will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra processor. They don’t say which version of the Tegra but some speculation is that it will be custom built for Nintendo’s purposes.
They’re also saying that the device will not be backwards compatible with the Wii U, which is probalby why Nintendo has been saying that the NX is not necessarily a replacement for the Wii U. If it’s true that the two systems will have separate libraries, then it would make sense why they would say that. Also, that would mean you should not get rid of your Wii U, because if The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is anything to go by, they may end up re-releasing a lot of Wii U games on the NX since it won’t be backwards compatible.
If all of this turns out to be true then it could end up being very interesting for Nintendo. They’ve always gone their own way in the industry and this would be nothing new for them as far as stepping away from the typical console race to pursue their own interests. Coming off the success of Pokemon Go, the NX could really go in either direction given that it’s impossible to tell what the casual market will pick up and embrace.