Since my last article about how I believe Nintendo should drop the hardware, there have been multiple Nintendo NX related leaks made public by the likes of Eurogamer, Kotaku, et al. Citing reputable sources, Eurogamer states that “Nintendo’s upcoming NX will be a portable, handheld console with detachable controllers”. If this were to be true, interesting times are indeed ahead.
Considering the points I made in my aforementioned article, specifically being that I think that “they would have to continue making portable consoles in some manner”, the above leaks indicate that Nintendo may be listening to community feedback and acting on it by combining both their home console and handheld machines. Together, they would encapsulate the user base of both, as well as meaning that you wouldn’t necessarily have to suffer through the first and second party game drought that many Nintendo consoles usually suffer from. Through unification, Nintendo can potentially prevent the affliction that has plagued their consoles for years.
Mind, third party games would still be somewhat absent, considering that the console is meant to running on an Nvidia Tegra mobile processor. Whilst somewhat powerful, it would pale in comparison to the current gen consoles available on the market now, meaning that third party titles would have had to have been created specifically for the Nintendo hardware. Considering how that turned out for both the Wii and Wii U, mainly in regards to diminishing returns on initial investment, it is safe to assume that third party titles would be present upon launch, but would understandably be scarce further down the line.
The last notable piece of information from the Eurogamer report is that the medium the games would come on, interestingly being cartridges. Now, cartridges were used en masse, once upon a time, but because of the cheaper costs that came with optical media, they quickly died off. Whilst portable consoles have still held on to this medium, it appears the NX will use cartridges, with a Nintendo recommended size of 32gb. Considering blu-ray is between the 25 to 50gb mark, this would allow a considerably larger file size for developers to use. Whilst there is no correlation between file size and quality of a game, it does indeed mean that higher quality assets can be available for use, so even the worst games could have that extra layer of graphical sheen.
With the Nintendo NX’s release set up for March 2017, one could also assume that the console is due to be unveiled shortly, and hopefully it will be met with less confusion that their Wii U unveiling initially arrived with. September 2016 is, therefore, the month that the supposed announcement will occur. Whilst I have high hopes, I have had my hopes crushed one too many times with Nintendo consoles, particularly with their tone-deaf attitude of what people want from them. Whilst it may not compete on graphical parity, Nintendo have a lot more to potentially offer, so I wait with anxious, baited breath.
Finally, MCV have stated that Nintendo are looking to release a stellar line-up for the Nintend NX, consisting of heavy hitters such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda and, surprisingly, a Pokemon title by Gamefreak. Whilst The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has basically been confirmed as a launch title, having recently been shown off at E3 on Wii U, this would be, unless I am mistaken, the first Pokemon game solely bought to a “home” console by Gamefreak. Whilst this could by the Pokemon game that people have wanted on a home console since the beginning of time, I can’t get Gale of Darkness XD out of my head, which isn’t necessarily a bad game, but it’s not what it could have been. Finally, a Mario title would make sense around the Winter/Fall period, being a great figurehead to push sales in the run up to Christmas 2017, should this launch line-up be for the six months post release, as opposed to on the day releases.
What are you looking for in the Nintendo NX? Is this Nintendo returning to form, or is this their last chance? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or over at Twitter!