Ever since the NX was “announced,” we Nintendudes have been all over it. Of course, it hasn’t really been announced. Yet, it’s already been announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be on the NX. So we have games confirmed for the NX, but no actual confirmation for the NX itself… nice marketing strategy, Nintendo!
But that’s not what this article is all about. Here, we’ll focus on what we know, or think we know, at least, based on leaks regarding the new console, and what they could mean for the console’s future.So we know for sure that the new Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, will in fact be on both the failed Wii U and the rumored NX. We also know that it’s going to be released in March of 2017. After that, it’s all speculation. Fortunately enough, however, the public has gotten the liberty to be able to see some leaks from sources that are supposed to be extremely trustworthy.
According to a leaked report, the rumor that the NX will be a handheld gaming device that you can take on the go will be true. You know, it’s kind of like what we thought the Wii U was going to be, before they revealed the extreme limitations of the bond between the gamepad and the console.
So when you want to go somewhere, just take the handheld device and play. Then, when you get back home, you can plug the device into some kind of docking station and play the games on your TV.
Now, if this is in fact true, it could actually be an extremely good move. After all, Nintendo has kind of lost its grip on the console market. However, they have virtually no competition as far as the handheld market goes, since Microsoft is restricted to gaming on mobile phones and Sony’s fore-runners are the PSP and the PS Vita. While they are both great systems, they’ve just never stood up to the popularity, amazing sales, and fantastic games that Nintendo’s DS and 3DS offer.
They’d essentially be merging their market. Some people only buy handhelds, and some people only buy consoles. If you buy the NX, however, you’ve got both on a single console. It would bring everybody the best of both the console and handheld world, and it might even help Nintendo get it’s grip on the console industry back.
However, this also comes with its own set of questions, one being an issue with the battery. For example, when you’re taking the NX on the go, how long does the battery last? If it doesn’t last long, maybe the approximately four hours that most handheld systems last today, will the docking station be the only place you can charge, or is it a charger at all? Obviously, if you’ve got a system that doesn’t last too long without needing a quick charge, you’re going to want chargers that aren’t in the primary docking station. But then again, if it truly has the power of a full console, will a typical 5-volt charger even charge it sufficiently very quickly?
Maybe I just don’t get it, but these seem like pressing matters that will need to be addressed if the console is to live up to its full potential, and those are only issues involving charging. How big will it be? Will it use controllers on the go as suspected, and if so, can you play two-player on the go?
What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments below. Also, if you have any answers to our questions and you’re not just a cocky space-man from the future, why don’t you tell us? We’d love to see some brand new leaks.