Report: NX to Be Portable Console with Detachable Controllers

Report: NX to Be Portable Console with Detachable Controllers

Nintendo’s upcoming system the NX will feature detachable controllers on its sides, according to a number of sources in a report from Eurogamer.

The controllers will bookend the sides of the screen, and attach for on-the-go gaming. At home they can be removed, and the system connected to your TV via a docking station.

To support the system’s mobile nature, it will also use cartridges as its physical media. The cartridges will apparently sport 32GB of storage – a number far smaller than most modern games. Digital downloads are also to be expected.

Due to hardware changes and design reasons, the system won’t feature backwards compatibility said one source. Another source added that the system won’t run on Android architecture (as had been suggested in the past), instead using its own OS.

One final source adds that the system could be unveiled this September, which would line up with the Tokyo Game Show. Official statements earlier in the year from Nintendo stated that the system would launch in March 2017.



 

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Comments Comments (6)

 
Posted by Bunnny
On Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 8:27 AM
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Uh oh...

This is sounding too extreme
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 9:16 AM
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I'm having trouble imaging how this will actually look. I'll admit to being a little bit excited about cartridges though.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 10:53 AM
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I see problems with it being portable and a home console mixed. Jack of all trades, master of none. Battery size and weight? Hard drive size and weight? There's going to be compromises all over the show.
They have great handhelds already. they just needed a great console again, trying to be too innovative here but Nintendo have always taken the risk, Its going to be interesting to see the reveal and how they sell it, might be a hard sell to anyone but a fanboy/girl.
 
 
 
Posted by ricky1981
On Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 2:31 PM
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On the upside, if that's what it is then it probably won't be much more powerful than the Wii U so I won't have to buy the NX for fear of getting a vastly inferior Zelda game!

Credit to Nintendo for trying something new but I think they've badly misjudged what gamers want if this is true. "Proper" gamers will want more power and "casual" gamers will be confused/put off by the confusion about whether it's a handheld or a console. Is it replacing the 3DS or the Wii U or both or is it totally different?
 
 
 
oconnomiyaki
Posted by oconnomiyaki
On Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 2:40 PM
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27 July 2016, 10:53 AM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
I see problems with it being portable and a home console mixed. Jack of all trades, master of none. Battery size and weight? Hard drive size and weight? There's going to be compromises all over the show.
They have great handhelds already. they just needed a great console again, trying to be too innovative here but Nintendo have always taken the risk, Its going to be interesting to see the reveal and how they sell it, might be a hard sell to anyone but a fanboy/girl.
I think Nintendo are sick of spreading themselves too thin and getting limited success. With a single, hybrid platform, every game they develop is for one system that isn't catering to a specific market. (Consoles aren't popular in Japan anymore, for example.) One of Nintendo's biggest weaknesses is that they have limited 3rd party support but can't produce their own games in a timely manner. With only one system to focus on, we should see double the output we would usually see. So even if 3rd parties abandon them again, there should still be enough to make it feasible as a second console.

I know this news took it from a curiosity to a potential buy as a handheld/hybrid is easier to see as a complimentary system to a main console.
 
 
 
Posted by BlakeyNZ
On Thursday 28 Jul 2016 5:50 AM
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This seems stupid to me. You cant keep throwing mud at a wall and hope something sticks.

If the Xbox one and PS4 have shown anything its that people arent into the gimmicky parts anymore, kinect died and ps4 eyetoy/camera did the same I can see this going badly