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Nintendo NX – What is it?

2016 has already been massive for games. With the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and even PlayStation VR, virtual reality is really coming into its own and staking its claim as the future of the industry.

PS4 and Xbox One continue to duke it out, and have upped the ante with new hardware in the form of PS4 Neo and Xbox One S. Xbox has also provided the huge news that it will be launching yet another console in holiday 2017, codenamed Xbox Scorpio.

And last but not least, we have the Nintendo NX, the Wii U's successor. Unfortunately, Nintendo has confirmed that the new system will be skipping this year entirely, so we'll have a bit longer to wait to see what's in-store with the next system.

Rumours have varied from the exciting to the bonkers. But TrustedReviews has waded through the waddle to bring you all the latest news to see what the console is most likely to include.

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While Nintendo has remained tight-lipped on the console, that hasn't stopped Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently sharing his thoughts on the new hardware:

"What we have seen is really great," he said, "We think having a new machine coming is going to help the industry to continue to grow, and to take lots more casual players back to the industry.”

The comments from Guillemot seem to confirm that Nintendo is targeting the casual market with the NX, trying to capitalise on Microsoft and Sony's focus on the hardcore market, which in recent years has seen a neglect of the young and casual players. A recent report from DFC Intelligence suggested that children aged 12 and under have become a "lost generation" in gaming. If Nintendo can recapture this audience, it could carve a niche and the NX could become a huge success.

Video: Everything we know about the Nintendo NX

Nintendo NX release date – When will Nintendo launch a new console?

Nintendo of America has confirmed that the Nintendo NX will launch in March 2017. The news was confirmed via Twitter:

To the surprise of many, Nintendo will miss the 2016 Christmas period, the busiest sales season of the year.

Nintendo NX launch games – What will we be playing on release day?

In Nintendo's latest investors call (in which the release date was announced), Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima stated that one of the primary factors behind launching the system in March is to ensure a solid line-up of software at release and beyond.

"One of the reasons for choosing the launch timing that we did is so that the software line-up will be ready in time for the hardware launch," he said. "Not only at launch, but we also need to be able to continuously release titles after launch. We are planning for this to be a platform that consumers can enjoy for a long time."

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We could also be playing a bunch of Wii U remakes on the Nintendo NX. A NeoGAF post speculates that Zelda Wii U, Smash Bros 4, Splatoon and Super Mario Maker are all getting the remake treatment, claiming to have heard the report from multiple sources.

However, Mario Maker is currently proving difficult to port due to bringing across player data and created levels, according to the rumour.

Further recent reports have confirmed both third-party support for the console and also Nintendo working to secure third-party exclusives.

First, Twitter user @serkantoto claimed back in January that Namco Bandai was working on Nintendo NX titles, including a Smash Bros. game for launch with the console:

The latest, and more enticing rumour, is that Nintendo is working with Ubisoft to help fund development of Beyond Good and Evil 2, which would be a Nintendo NX exclusive launching in 2017. Neither of these rumours have been confirmed by Nintendo, it should be pointed out.

In an interview with the BBC, EA studios vice president Patrick Soderlund said that EA games will only come to the Nintendo NX "if it makes sense".

“I personally and the company are huge fans of Nintendo, they’re the reason why I started making games,” Soderlund said. “We’re in constant communication with them and when they come to market something – and if it makes sense for us – we’ll be there.”

This could be interpreted to mean that EA is currently not developing any NIntendo NX titles, and with the console set to launch next March, that's a worrying sign. However, hopefully Nintendo is indeed strengthening its third-party relationships – as Soderlund says, "we're in constant communication" – so that could mean that EA will be there day one with some interesting titles.

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Nintendo NX News – All the latest

In March 2015, Nintendo confirmed that it’s working on a brand-new console, which is currently codenamed the Nintendo NX.

But it seems that name could be more than just a placeholder. In May this year, a trailer for RISE: Race to the Future seemed to confirm the name of Nintendo's upcoming console as the NX. At the end of the trailer, the screenshot below appears, along with a 'Nintendo NX' logo at the bottom of the screen.

RISE trailer Nintendo DX

It should be noted that the the NX moniker may indeed just be a codename, as Nintendo Insider editor Alex Seedhouse pointed out:

Of course, it's no surprise we haven't seen much of the NX as yet, as major consoles take years of development before they can be released. Take the PS4, for example – lead architect Mark Cerny once confirmed it was in development as early as 2008.

However, although the news of a Nintendo console might not be that surprising, we're excited nonetheless.

Here’s what Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has said about NX so far:

“As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX’. It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year."

The NX will apparently become part of a “new membership service that encompasses smart devices and dedicated videogame systems”, and will replace the recently axed Nintendo Club service. This will include the upcoming smartphone and tablet games jointly developed with DeNA, plus the NX, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS family and, strangely, PCs too.

This new membership service will replace the old Nintendo Club, which was discontinued in September 2015. In October, Nintendo stated that the replacement will be known as Nintendo Account and will be used to connect Nintendo platform users with PC and mobile devices.

Nintendo Account will offer a cloud-based service for transferring data between mobile games and console titles.

Nintendo Ecosystem

It could be a console/handheld hybrid

There have been several rumours now that the Nintendo NX will take the form of some kind of hybrid console. Think of something that’s both a 3DS and a Wii U in one.

A patent filed by Nintendo detailed a system that can draw additional processing power from other computing devices. This detailed the potential process of the “game console” connecting to what were described as “supplemental computing devices”, which would “increase the speed or quality of a user’s gaming experiences” using wires, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Now this could be the 3DS-type device connecting to the home console base when you get back to your TV, and turning it into a more powerful home gaming console.

And it could be a very good way to capitalise on both sections of Nintendo’s existing business.

Such a hybrid device is supported by other rumours as well as industry professionals too.

Mitchell McEwan, a Queensland University of Technology video-game lecturer speaking to the New Daily, said that such a hybrid would be a great boon for Nintendo.

“It makes sense – they’ve been struggling in both markets – to not have to support both platforms with independent software, but to actually put all their development efforts towards one console,” he explained.

“The rumour about the NX is that it’s a hybrid console, so it would be a portable console such as a 3DS that interfaces with a home console.”

“You could take games on the go, but then that processing power adds to the home console so you can play games on your TV as well.”

Related: Best 3DS Games 2015

New 3DS vs New 3DS XL

It won’t be like the 3DS or Wii U

If you were worried that the Nintendo NX was going to be a direct replacement for the 3DS and Wii U, don’t be.

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has spoken out on the subject, saying that the NX will not be a replacement for either of the company’s current consoles.

He spoke out during an Nintendo investor briefing, saying that although the NX will be “a dedicated video game platform with a brand new concept,” the company does not “intend it to become a simple replacement for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U.”

“Regarding your concern about what will happen to Wii U or to Nintendo 3DS, NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero. When NX is launched, there already will be certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo.”

Or the Wii

The new president and CEO of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima recently spoke out about the company’s new console.

http://time.com/4129171/nintendo-tatsumi-kimishima/?xid=tcoshare

Speaking to TIME, Kimishima stated that gamers should expect something “unique and different” from the NX.

“I can assure you we’re not building the new version of Wii or Wii U. [NX] is something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal.”

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The NX will avoid the mistakes of the Wii U and 3DS

In the official notes for the 75th Nintendo AGM, Satoru Iwata can be seen talking extensively about the mistakes made with the Wii U and 3DS. That’s especially as he aims to make sure that the company will attempt not to repeat the less-than-successful launches of its previous consoles.

“For Wii U in particular, in cannot be said that it had a successful launch. As for Nintendo 3DS, in Japan there was a temporary slowdown but we managed to make a recovery by offering a number of initiatives collectively. On the other hand, Wii U had not been able to recover at this point in time. Because of this, the size of the installed base compared to the Nintendo DS or Wii era appears to not be as solid and this is reflected in the company’s profitability.”

“I will not share details on NX today but with regard to the launch of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U not necessarily having progressed well and not acquiring sufficient support from software publishers, we intend to offer NX through a Nintendo-like solution. Thank you for understanding that we are making various considerations and preparations in order to avoid what happened with the previous generations.”

He went onto say that the company had been offered several proposals for joint initiatives at E3 2015, reassuring shareholders over the third-party support issues that have plagued the Wii U. That’s thanks to a number of “joint initiatives” that are happening below the surface”.

Related: New 3DS vs New 3DS XL

The NX could ditch discs

Yet another Nintendo patent suggest the upcoming NX may also ditch disc-based software altogether.

It could focus on digital-only games and apps, broadening its storefront to potentially include 3DS games and other platforms currently unplayable on the Wii U – which supports the hybrid/cross-platform rumours for the NX.

The patent states that:

"An example system includes an internal hard disk drive storing a program and/or data, a communication unit transmitting/receiving a program and/or data via a network, and a processor executing a program stored in the hard disk drive to perform game processing."

"The example system is not provided with an optical disk drive for reading out a program and/or data from an optical disk."

Cartridge Comeback

A similar rumour suggests that the NX may use cartridges developed by Macronix, the same company responsible for Nintendo's 3DS cartridges.

In its most recent earnings report, Macronix cites a "new platform" that will help support financial growth in the company's third and fourth financial quarters. These line up closely with the March 2017 release window for Nintendo NX.

This is all speculation, but the idea of cartridges making a comeback is weirdly exciting. They would hold a significant amount of data, more than enough for modern gaming applications.

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Wii U

Nintendo NX Specs – What internal hardware does it have?

Again, like the release date, the Nintendo NX’s internals are still shrouded in mystery.

The Wii U currently features an IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor with an AMD Radeon 700 core-based GPU, which was already outdated before the Wii U was even released. That hardware, combined with 2GB of RAM, 1GB of which is reserved for games, means that the Wii U can output in 1080p Full HD, but it can’t compete with that offered by the PC-based architecture of the PS4 and Xbox One.

Hopefully, Nintendo will up the ante with the Nintendo NX and see its games graphically on par with the other new-gen consoles.

If a fresh rumour is correct, whatever form the Nintendo NX arrives in, it will be packing similar hardware to the PS4 and Xbox One.

The sources suggested it will retail for around the same price as the Xbox One too.

Wii U

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jokergallagher

April 22, 2015, 11:56 pm

enhanced online, the online is good, but needs the Xbox live side of things that it dues not have now. But what it dues have is better done then Xbox and PS.
they should buy out Sega and platinum and let them work on T and M rated games but Nintendo can oversee the quality element.
legacy in HD is a big factor. Retro games brought up to modern technology.
focus out side of gaming. Microsoft proves you can do gaming and more.
they just have to find what those things are (toys, animation, Quality of life, education, resorts, theme park, ...)
the system "NX" needs to be 2 systems home and handheld but with the same development proses. So the devices need the same buttons, sensors and screen aspect ratios need to be the same. I think the gamepad is great but their is much to improve. As well as all their other controllers. I want to see the 2017 Wii remote, classic controller, gamepad, balance board, fit meter, nunchuck, maybe even something new like a 3D camera? Hardware wise the next handheld could be much better then the vita, and since its bin 2 years and maybe longer for the NX home device it could easily have more power then the Xbox one. It's a matter of just making sure that 3rd party developers come to the system, yes the indie side of things are pretty good but they need those AAA T and M games as well. That's their number one problem but with even more system power then Xbox one (which they can do so long as its X86) they just need to make it easy to port games and bring Sony gamers over

Arick Chambless

April 23, 2015, 11:40 am

I agree with most of what was stated in the article except blue ray and release date. The blue ray will be utterly obsolete by the time the nx comes out, especially since I believe it won't be until holiday 2017 at the earliest and most people are headed towards streaming and download over disc. I would also appreciate it if Nintendo made it so if you bought a virtual console game on the wii it would allow you to just re download it to the wii u/nx not just have a section that emulates the old wii system, and launch wii games from the wii u menu instead.

Nintendians

April 23, 2015, 3:07 pm

some i don't agreed:

1. why should it have blu ray player built in, when you could have one or the other system doing it already and i remember nintendo doesn't want to pay to have the blu ray codec to play blu ray disc. wii u could play blu ray disc, if it has the codec.

2. the gamepad was good in some ways, but it just the grip wasn't extend far enough to grip it good.

4. of course nintendo have to do this, to get people into the nx and might be a little better over the ps4.

5. i think nintendo is trying to get third party game on it's new system that in term match with the ps4 and xbox one on everything.

7. hope so, as long the gamecube adapter for wii u and wii motes work on it. it'll be fine.

8. by now wii u don't even use friend code, is closer to psn and xbox live, where you just need their nintendo network id name.

9. it should be optional.

10. sure region free it, hope some people might know that language could understand.

Aaron Johnsen

April 23, 2015, 5:04 pm

I don't see physical media becoming obsolete for game consoles anytime soon. For one, if all media is digital only, it forces console owners to have internet connection, which not all do or have a stable enough connection to download games.

DaveR

April 23, 2015, 8:46 pm

Utterly ridiculous article, so what you would "like to see" is the Nintendo NX be exactly the same as the PS4 and Xbox One? *sigh*

A sack of potatoes

April 24, 2015, 3:25 pm

Why is everyone assuming the NX is Nintendo's next console? For all we know, it could be a Virtual Boy 2.0

Perry Tanko

April 25, 2015, 2:12 am

"Hardware and graphics to match the Xbox One and PS4"
Good luck with that one.....
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Perry Tanko

April 25, 2015, 2:13 am

Agree.

Robert Daniels

April 25, 2015, 1:54 pm

Hope they don't have online requirments to play games.

Graham Bell

April 26, 2015, 7:58 am

Coming out in late 2016 or 2017 and only matching the PS4 and XB1? Those consoles are already underpowered, and downright unimpressive if you've had access to a decent gaming PC for the last few years. They shouldn't play catch-up with MS and Sony, they should make them sweat with some properly potent hardware.

Adderell

May 6, 2015, 2:40 am

I think that's entirely possible given that the price of the hardware they would need to accomplish that AND make a profit on every sale will be well within their grasp.

Alex Walsh

June 30, 2015, 1:33 pm

Finding sales for BD is next to impossible but in the UK ownership of a BD player is around 1 in 5 households. Not that most people don't seem to buy DVDs instead!

Jamie Parsons

July 8, 2015, 6:23 am

The graphics on 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros are better than anything I've seen on PS4 or Xbox One so far. Maybe it's because Nintendo try and make their games look good rather than dark and grey and ultra-'realistic', but I certainly enjoy the Wii U graphics more so far.

Jamie Parsons

July 8, 2015, 6:24 am

Pfffft. Yeah, obsolete in 2 years despite never even looking like it. To be obsolete people would have to throw away all their DVDs and Blu Rays. Stupid statement.

FastTquick

July 8, 2015, 7:23 pm

I really think the Nintendo NX shouldn't just match the PS4 and Xbox One hardware-wise, but surpass them. Even when the 8th-gen consoles are using 8-core CPUs and GPUs, people are complaining that they're not powerful enough. Imagine if the NX had a CPU and a GPU the equivalent of an Intel Core i7 and a Nvidia GTX 980 respectively? Not only would Nintendo games look better than anything else on the market, multiplatform games would look better on NX than they would on even the beefiest of PC gaming rigs.

leolodreamland

January 28, 2016, 1:58 am

hyperboly

Alexander Lawson

March 4, 2016, 9:11 pm

Lousy article: Next to no actual content and really just a bag of quotes, and its littered with spelling mistakes. As for the console, Nintendo came out with a similar load of rubbish about a new concept before the Wii U launch. They never really defined this concept then and I don't see them doing it in the future. They are searching for another novelty product like the Wii. Remember how that changed gaming forever? No, because it didn't. Subsequent consoles continue to deliver more power, which is what gamers want. Nor was the hype about how the demographics of gaming were going to be changed justified. The demographics of gaming were not changed by the Wii. People over 50 still don't play games and casual gamers have been brought in by the ubiquity of smartphones, not by the joys of vaguely swinging an accelerometer at a TV screen over and over again. Where are Nintendo on VR? I am yet to be convinced that it is the next big thing, but its got to be worth a try. Aside from their characters names, what assets do Nintendo really have? And if anyone thinks that gamers are really that interested in ancient characters, hasn't anyone noticed the sheer number of franchises that now exist, most of which are no older than the Playstation 2 era? The biggest franchise in the world, COD, isn't even character based....

James Goodwyn

April 4, 2016, 6:34 am

Imagine the cost to build a computer that powerful. Now imagine the cost of a similarly specced Nintendo NX. Yeah, no thanks.

Eddie

April 25, 2016, 4:30 am

Welcome to the club. Also, the Wii-U's first party game line-up is the best of the three so far in my opinion, even if I'm still waiting for the next Zelda.

thebigbadonion

April 25, 2016, 8:32 pm

Since the 8th gen started I've not really been playing that many newer games, mostly playing a lot of retro games via emulators and a few indie titles Considering I own a fairly powerful PC, I really don't see much value in the PS4 and Xbox One, there isn't many exclusives which interest me, not to mention their lack of power makes them pretty unimpressive, considering they're meant to be cutting edge game systems. In my opinion this last few years game development has really started to stall, with very few new or interesting ideas coming from most developers.

So that said I'm actually quite interested in the NX, it sounds like it might be pretty interesting. I've not really owned a Nintendo console that I can call my own since the Game Cube. While it does have some pretty good games, I never could get along with the Wii's motion controls, I always found my self just wanting a proper controller, and as for the Wii u, I was planning on picking one up until the NX rumours started to fly around, Some of the games really do look great, but I really don't want to pay £250 for a console that's likely going to be discontinued soon. So for the first time in quite a long time, I'll be watching a new Nintendo console release with very serious interest, maybe even preorder one, if I like what I see when they finally announce it (not done that since the Dreamcast). That could actually seriously be a bad omen for the NX considering the Dreamcasts fate haha!

RetroPlayers

April 27, 2016, 3:25 pm

Not so optamistic with the announcement that outlines the new Zelda title will be released in March 2017 with the NX, but on the same day will launch for the Wii U... Makes me wonder if Nintendo are potentially not pushing the hardware boundries but focussing on the gaming experience / interaction with a pre packaged Wii U spec machine.

cheese king

May 9, 2016, 10:43 am

lets face it, you actually know nothing at all, what a completely pointless article.

Tony Haagen

June 2, 2016, 1:00 pm

Will it be backwards-compatible for wii and wii u games?

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