Since the beginning of video games, Nintendo has been a pioneer. When they launched the Wii, people went nuts over the technology. Suddenly, even nursing homes and the Queen of England were gaming since the easy-to-play bowling and golf titles helped less agile people stay active.
Unfortunately, the follow-up, the Wii U, was not as successful and it didn’t take long for people to wonder if Nintendo was in trouble. While the handled 3DS devices have killed it in sales, consumers were beginning to wonder if the Japanese company was all out of ideas for a decent console – it seems like the naysayers were wrong.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo still has some tricks up its pixelated sleeve. The gaming giant is developing a software kit for the new NX platform which may be ready as early as next year. To ensure its competitiveness with the PS4 and Xbox One, the console is said to include “industry-leading chips” and a “mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use.”
Dubbed as a “dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept” the kit for the NX could allow third-party developers to actually modify existing games or create new ones. I’ll be honest – I’m not even sure what to think of that but I’m extremely curious.
Before his death in July, former Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, called the NX a “platform dedicated for video games.” Successor, Tatsumi Kimishima, is expected to continue on with Mr. Iwata’s strategy.
One of the final announcements was a a deal to create a themed area within Universal Studios based on Mario Kart, Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda. There were also plans to put Nintendo characters in in games for mobile devices under a partnership with DeNA Co. It is unclear whether either of these agreements will include elements from games created for the NX.
We don’t know much about what it will look like but, if the DS and Wii U are any indication, we will likely get something that combines a console with some sort of handheld. If you want to get super technical, you could check out the details of the patent filed for the controller. We can only really speculate but the information seems to suggest that the console will not have a built-in optical disc drive and the controller would have its own screen.
It’s tough because I’m excited to see what they come up with but I’m also sad (and nervous) about this moving forward without Mr. Iwata. The only thing we can do at this point is wait… and play on our other Nintendo devices in the meantime.
This video from Gameranx compiles some of the rumors about the Nintendo NX.