NX reveal imminent!

It’s been long. So long. The NX was “announced” at the same time as Nintendo announced their intentions to release mobile games. So it’s been a while – a year and a half, to be specific. The NX was Nintendo’s way of reassuring their fans that they weren’t going mobile-only. But until now that’s been almost all anyone has known about the NX: it’s a device that means that Nintendo aren’t going mobile-only. The only other thing we know about the NX, officially, is that the upcoming Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, is going to be released for Wii U and NX in March 2017. That helps pin certain things down, but still it doesn’t tell us a whole lot, especially given the mysteries and surprises that Nintendo’s hardware have contained ever since the original DS’s dual screens.

When you think back, it’s no wonder people are so intrigued. How exactly are Nintendo going to top dual screens (DS), motion controls (Wii), a 3D screen (3DS), and a portable tablet-like controller (Wii U)? If past precedent is anything to go on, the NX is going to be anything but an average PC-in-a-box console. But even precedent has not seen anything quite like this: now as we enter late October, the NX’s release is due within the next five months! No wonder there’s an unbelievable sense of anticipation and excitement around the reveal of what NX is going to do differently.

The NX rumour mill has been gathering steam these past few days… something’s got to give. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some webpage refreshing to do – where was I?

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EDIT: And what do you know, less than a minute after publishing this here post, a wild NX appeared:

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5 comments

  1. moresleepneeded

    There does seem to be something very innovative about the Wii consoles. Considering that Breath of the Wild is to be released on Wii U and NX suggests that one will be a large console, while the other is a hand-held console, and the game may be a companion game on the hand-held console. This would comply with a tactic Nintendo used with the Gamecube and Game Boy Advance, where the Game Boy Advance could be used with the Gamecube during certain games (such as Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and Metroid Prime 2) to unlock features.

    • veryverygaming

      Hey moresleepneeded, have you seen the trailer for the NX (now named “Switch”)?

      This gives a good indication of how the NX/Switch can be used. I am glad that Breath of the Wild is coming out on the Wii U though as I would prefer to play it on there and not have to buy a new console.

  2. ambigaming

    I just saw another post about this that talked about how the NX (now the Switch???) is going to be a hybrid of home console and hand-held, almost tablet-like gaming, if I understood the article right. It’s an interesting move, trying to reclaim the home console market and appeal to the hand-held one at the same time. I always like seeing Nintendo’s innovations. It’s also nice to see that they still realize that some people just want to stick a cartridge into their console and play, since what I’ve heard about the PS4 Pro is making me think they are trying to blur the lines between computer and console gaming (which is an entirely different conversation haha).

    • veryverygaming

      Oh gosh yes, the computer comparison comes to mind quite a bit for me even just with the PS3 (I imagine moreso for the PS4). The Wii U, by comparison, feels much more console-like.

      Perhaps the coolest thing to me about the Switch is the idea of a combined home console and handheld game library – I don’t like playing games on a handheld system, but that means I miss out on series like Pokemon, Professor Layton, Phoenix Wright, and more recently Fire Emblem. Knowing that the Switch potentially provides an opportunity to play handheld-targeted games on my TV is an exciting prospect.

      Of course I don’t want to get my hopes up too high just yet, and it remains to be seen how things will pan out. But I’m really hoping the Switch will allow for both the handheld and console markets to co-exist on one platform.

      • ambigaming

        Yes, I’m hoping that the console and handheld Nintendo games will be able to peacefully coexist… I’ve definitely missed out on some games, too, so I’m excited to see what comes up with this release!

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