The whole Nintendo NX secrecy thing is getting out of hand
March 2017 is set to bring with it yet another gaming revolution from Nintendo in the form of the Nintendo NX console, and here’s everything we know on this exciting bit of news so far.
The Wii and the Wii U have defined the Nintendo gaming console universe and although most of us would have expected the NX to be out by now, Nintendo has declared that the NX is different from its predecessors. This is surprising and certainly sees to hold a lot of promise.
“I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base,” Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima had revealed.
Alright, so we know for sure that we can expect a major bump – or even a radically new device that is way different from anything Nintendo has offered so far – from the Wii units.
Is there anything else that the company has revealed? Well, not really and its given rise to several speculations.
The Wall Street Journal had reported in October how the NX could be a hybrid unit, with a console as well as mobile unit attached, which means the user could use it in both avatars. If this is true, we could be looking at one of the best things to happen to consoles in a long time.
There have been hints that Android could get some attention from Nintendo this time around, especially with the tremendous user base that the mobile operating system has garnered over the last few years.
News of development kits have also surfaced – these kits are put to use by developers to design games that get the maximum out of the tweaks made to the new console – although no developer has confirmed their existence as of yet.
Then, there are those ever-famous, and even quirky, Nintendo controllers. The Wii U Gamepad and Wii remote are perfect examples of how the ninja of the gaming industry doesn’t shy away from designing breakthrough controllers, and with the NX, Nintendo is expected to make a similar move. So can we expect an elliptical controller that looks like it has touchscreen capabilities? Well, with Nintendo we’ll only know when they show us!
Nintendo hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with specific details, although the statements from Kimishima are enough to convince us that this console is set to be radically different from the lineup so far.
“It’s not merely the successor to the handheld 3DS or stationary console Wii U. This will be hardware that’s been made with a new way of thinking. I’d like to announce more particulars regarding its specs and how it works another time this year,” Kimishima has told a Japanese paper.
Although the timing of the NX’s launch seems to be in sync with the launch of new games like the one from the Zelda series as well as Dragon Quest XI next year, it is indeed surprising that Nintendo wouldn’t be cashing in on the holiday season which is a great time for gaming merchandise to move off the shelves quickly.
The moving of the launch to next year is even more of a shocker when you consider the falling revenue and profit numbers that Nintendo clocked this time around. The decline in numbers should have pushed Nintendo to toy with an early release for its new offering in the console arena, so the March 2017 launch for the NX is surely a dampener for the investment community. The delayed launch therefore certainly means that the figures for Nintendo the next time around too won’t be too impressive.
Yet another disappointment for gaming fans was the announcement that Nintendo wouldn’t even be using the Los Angeles E3 video game trade show to lift the curtains on the NX, instead planning to do so later in the year.
Well, as eager fans we can only hope that the Nintendo NX is worth the wait!