I’m becoming increasingly interested in Nintendo’s next console. According to reports and rumours, Nintendo’s NX is just what I imagined it might be; a hybrid console that may leverage the very best things about mobile gaming, but allow you to easily play those same games on your TV.
According to industry people, Nintendo’s making a grab, once again, for the casual – targeting the smartphone gamer and the mainstream, mass market. According to UK publication MCV and its own sources, the system will have processing power that sits somewhere between the PS3 and PS4. For something that’s essentially a handheld system, that’s pretty amazing.
“It’s a nice bit of kit, a bit of a novelty, but a good one,” says their source. “It won’t appeal to PS4 fans. Nintendo seems set on trying to upgrade smartphone gamers. That’s going to be a big job for the marketing department.”
The current speculation is that it’ll be powered by Nivida’s Tegra – but whether it’s the current X1 or, more likely, its impending successor remains to be seen. MCV UK’s same trusted source expect the NX to come out of the gate swinging though. According to them the NX will have main entry Mario, Zelda and Pokémon games within its first six month – avoiding the doldrums that the 3DS and Wii U found themselves in when they first launched.
The new Zelda is almost sure to be the incredible Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Mario? Who knows, but I suspect that it’ll be a 2D game that plays on people’s nostalgia for the series. The real winner though? A brand new Pokémon game. Given the hubbub around Pokémon Go – and the effect that game’s already had on 3DS sales – a new Pokémon game could be the very thing that propels Nintendo’s new console right in to the mainstream it’s seeking.
Will it be able to maintain some modicum of success outside of Nintendo core franchises? Possibly. Apparently Nintendo is pushing for third party support, and has already received it from the likes of Sega, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Activision and Warner Bros .
Last Updated: August 5, 2016