Yesterday, I shared the rumored leaked NX information that was recently found, and there was a lot to go over. Now, after all that has been shared, I must reiterate these are still only rumors, and as such, none of this may be even remotely true. However, the details seems to truly be quite plausible.
First let’s look at the idea of a complete platform versus a single console. This is actually not a new concept for Nintendo as they have shifted gears on platforms a few times over the decades. Remember first two home console generations were in the Nintendo Entertainment System family, then handhelds (after the Game & Watch series) were of the Gameboy family of systems. So, the concept of shifting gears with the platform is very much a high probability. Especially with the reception that the Wii platform seems to get among gamers, in the market, right now. And some of the language that was used by Iwata-san and Reggie Fils-Aime when asked about the NX could be seen as supporting this same idea. They often said that the NX was not a direct replacement for the Wii U or 3DS, and a new platform simply makes sense.
Now, to move on to the thought of an NX portable as well as an NX home console. A lot of other thoughts in the community believe this was going to be the case, though with differing application. Most have debated that there would be a single hybrid system, a “Fusion” of sorts. However, two separate systems with the possibility to sync them together sounds like a masterful idea. I think it works even better with the NX portable releasing next year with a 6-12-month head start on the NX home console.
Also, having a universal Operating System that will translate for ALL Nintendo systems going forward (from NX on) will be great. Even as it points out in the “leaked” info, this will give Nintendo the opportunity to concentrate more on their strengths of game creation. In addition to that, it gives Nintendo the opportunity to streamline the roll-out of the newest iterations as they come, and optimization should really be easy to monitor, no matter the system customers have.
Just the idea of the company overhauling the entire online infrastructure is very big. For years, Nintendo has been seen as lagging behind everyone else when it comes to online, and even with strides made this generation, there were many areas that still need attention. Those strides that were made, however, such as Miiverse appear to be returning and being improved, as well. That would be a wonderful thing because there is so much more potential to be realized with Miiverse and many other feature. Something of note here, several months ago, Iwata-san actually addressed this when he talked about how great some of their ideas had been, but they were also disjointed in their execution. This leak seems to show Nintendo’s solution to that.
As far as select 3rd Parties having development kits in-hand already, that is highly probable seeing that reports starting coming out after E3 that Nintendo did, indeed, meet with several publishers in closed-door meetings. That would make the possibility of dev-kits being in their hands very likely. Add to that, the information leaked by Square-Enix during their recent event, and a lot seems to be adding up.
Now, I can’t say for sure that this information isn’t just a compilation of speculative bits put together with other things to appear more plausible, but I think the desire for much of this progressive information for Nintendo’s next console makes it all so appealing.
There is more that I could go over from the leak, but I think this really sums everything up pretty well. If you feel like I have missed anything, fell free to drop your thoughts in the comments section below. I look forward to seeing/hearing more on NX going forward, and hopefully directly from Nintendo, themselves.
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!