Remember growing up in the 80s and early 90s playing Nintendo? Defeating Donkey Kong and Mario to save the princess or lining up the blocks in Tetris? As the years passed by in the 90s, the Nintendo console evolved; from the regular Nintendo to the Super Nintendo to the N64 to the GameCube to the most recent console the Wii and Wii U. As 2017 slowly approaches, Nintendo fans should expect something new and be excited about the NX.
The question is what can we expect from the NX? Not much has been released about the new console, the only thing we can know for sure is that this isn’t going to be an upgraded version of the Wii, at least according to Tatsumi Kimishima Nintendo’s President.
The appearance of the console and controller has yet to be described or seen by the general public, but speculations have made it across the internet. Last October, The Wall Street Journal had quoted that the NX will likely be both a console and have at least one mobile unit that could be used in conjunction with the console or taken elsewhere for separate use.
The NX is predicted to be mainly intended for handheld use that connects to the television via a docking station. With NX having portability, controllers are claimed to be detachable and able to use on the TV reported by Eurogamer. Taking a step back in time, Eurogamer also stated instead of discs, like most consoles use, the NX will use cartridges. A downside for many gamers is the Nintendo NX will not be supporting BC or backward compatibility with older consoles.
With the Nintendo NX not yet being released, there have been no reviews and with the lack of knowledge of the NX, no one knows what to expect. Probably one thing most Nintendo fans can agree on there should be little disappointment. Avid gamers need to keep their ears and eyes open for the unveiling of the Nintendo NX and start saving for the official launch in March 2017.
With its release date set for early 2017, the Nintendo NX will soon arrive on the market. Despite the approaching deadline, Nintendo remains incredibly secretive about the new device. Countless rumors are circulating about its nature and technical specifications simply because so little reliable information is available.
Nintendo and third-party developers have revealed some hard facts about the NX. It is clear that the NX will be a dedicated gaming device. Several major game announcements have already been made for the platform. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently in development for both the Wii U and the NX; it is set to be released on both consoles at the same time in early 2017. Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest XI will release on the NX alongside releases on the PS4 and Xbox One. Activision, Ubisoft, and The Pokemon Company also announced that they will develop software for the device.
The most popular rumor surrounding the NX is that it may be some sort of hybrid between a traditional console and a handheld gaming device. It is known that Nintendo recently combined its console and handheld development divisions, but there has been no confirmation that the NX is a hybrid system. The best indicator that the rumor may be true came from The Pokemon Company executive, Tsunekazu Ishihara, who suggested the NX will redefine traditional conceptions of console and handheld gaming.
Another rumor surrounding the device is that it will use Nvidia Tegra chips, which will leave it somewhere between the PS3 and the PS4 in graphical power. Nintendo has said in the past that it does not seek to challenge Sony and Microsoft simply with powerful graphics. The company’s history with innovation, such as with the Wii motion controller and the Wii U tablet controller, lends support to the idea that it will attempt to compete with its rivals through creative design rather than hardware power.
One of the latest rumors is that the NX will use cartridges instead of discs or in combination with them. Although the rumor hasn’t been confirmed, it is possible; Nintendo’s 3DS system already uses cartridges to play games.
A recent web post has sparked major rumors about both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Nintendo’s NX. Some fans now believe that Kingdom Hearts 3 will join the list of games Nintendo is set to release with its new console, the NX, next year.
These rumors began when EB Games Australia put Kingdom Hearts 3 in a pre-order package deal with the NX release for $119.95 online. Only a few minutes after posting this offer, however, the NX-Kingdom Hearts 3 combo was removed from EB Games Australia’s website. Fans do not know yet if this was a just simple mistake or leaked information.
What we do know for certain is that Nintendo has been aggressively pursuing partnerships with various game developers to get the greatest content for its NX release. We also know that both the NX and Kingdom Hearts 3 are set to be released in March of 2017. Whether this is all a coincidence or not, only time will tell.
We also know that Square Enix, the company behind the Kingdom Hearts saga, has had a very close relationship with Nintendo over the years. Nintendo and Square Enix paired on three occasions for different Kingdom Hearts games: Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS, and Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance for the Nintendo 3DS. Given this history, it would not be unheard of for a new Kingdom Hearts title to be released on the NX.
There has been a great lack of specific information surrounding Kingdom Hearts 3 released at major events like E3 2016. Some fans think that Square Enix is purposefully withholding information because the Nintendo team wants to make Kingdom Hearts 3 a huge part of its NX reveal.
This short moment on EB Games Australia’s website has certainly got the gaming community talking. For now, Kingdom Hearts fans can only be assured that Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released for the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. If these rumors hold true, however, it looks like all three major consoles will have access to this highly anticipated game.
Now that E3 has come and gone, we know many things about the “big three’s” plans for the next-generation of gaming consoles. Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, an update to the current console that is 40% slimmer and features HDR gaming and 4k video support. Sony focused on being the first major console to introduce virtual reality, making the announcement that the Playstation VR along with select games will be available some time in October.
That leaves us with Nintendo, who announced its current project for a next-gen console all the way back in March of 2015- and not much information has come out since. Many people speculated that Nintendo would make an announcement regarding the NX at E3, but when no more information came it left people scratching their heads. Nintendo’s silence amidst the storm of updates from Sony and Microsoft has caused worry in a lot of Nintendo’s fans, but in an interview with the Associated Press, Nintendo notable Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the absence of updates from Nintendo was justified. “In terms of NX, there’s an idea that we’re working on,” Miyamoto described through a translator. “If it was just a matter of following advancements in technology, things would be coming out a lot quicker.” That’s why we can’t share anything at this point.”
With many exciting advancements announced for the next-generation of consoles, what kind of new technology could the Nintendo NX be hiding from us? One thing’s for certain, it’ll be something we haven’t seen anywhere else!