Nintendo’s NX is a console/mobile hybrid with “Industry-Leading Chips” according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Apparently, Nintendo has started sending out software development kits to unspecified third-party developers so they can know what tech they’re dealing with if, or when, they start to develop games for the NX.
Nintendo has refused to comment on these claims and sticks to the previous statement that more news of the NX will come in 2016. An analyst named David Gibson told Wall Street Journal that he believes the NX will actually launch in 2016 “because of the softness of 3DS and Wii U.” How true that is is up for debate given that the 3DS has been a big hit since it was launched and whilst the Wii U had a bad start, the console has gained a lot of steam over the past year.
There has been speculation that one third party developer to already have the NX’s software development kit is Square Enix as the company announced in July that Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI will be on the NX. The company later backtracked on this by saying that these projects were still “under consideration”.
Sources at the Wall Street Journal have claimed that the name NX is still just a working title and that it will be a console with “at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use.” The source also claims that the console will feature “industry-leading chips” that will enable better gameplay and graphics.
The NX was officially announced by Nintendo in March and coincided with the news that Nintendo was bringing its franchises to smartphones and tablets via a partnership with the mobile gaming giant DeNA. This does indicate that the rumor Nintendo is planning some sort of console/mobile hybrid device could be accurate.
It seems Nintendo isn’t going to spill the beans just yet but it’s worth noting that Nintendo’s next earnings briefing is on October 28, so we may get more news then. Whatever happens, it looks like 2016 will be an exciting and interesting time for Nintendo fans.