The gaming manufacturer has spilled the beans on the launch of its Nintendo NX console, but it won’t be at E3
In April 2016 Nintendo announced the release date for the upcoming new Nintendo NX games console (still a codename) as March 2017. You can read the full statement which sadly confirms the NX won’t make an appearance at E3 2016.
However, in May VRWorld suggested the Nintendo NX would be revealed during the Tokyo Games Show, which starts on 15 September 2016. It’s likely that we will hear more details about the NX at TGS.
While we finally have an official release window, we still don’t know much else about Nintendo’s mysterious gaming machine. There’s no price, and we have no idea what the thing will look like yet. The console has been rumored to be Android-based, and many have speculated that the Nintendo NX may replace both the Wii U and 3DS by functioning as both a home console and portable device.
Rumours suggest this console won’t be like Nintendo’s previous efforts, which have seen the Japanese manufacturer’s hardware lagging behind its competitors in terms of raw power and ease of development. Slated to use “industry-leading chips”, the Nintendo NX should outstrip the PS4 and Xbox One, instead of playing catch up to Sony and Microsoft’s machines. Currently we only know that these “industry-leading chips” will be from AMD, but no idea exactly what they’re capable of.
So, what kind of games can we expect on the next-generation Nintendo NX console? According to one report, Nintendo is said to have started talking to third-party developers about the system at this years E3 event. Apparently the developers reacted positively to the concept shown to them at E3, but no details about the concept device have been leaked.
The only games to have been officially confirmed for the Nintendo NX thus far are Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI, courtesy of Square Enix. DQX was originally released for Wii U, 3DS and PC whereas the newer DQXI will be headed to not only the Nintendo NX, but also the PS4 and 3DS.
A screenshot of a supposed survey about the NX, which was leaked on Twitter by abandoned-games researcher Liam Robertson, suggests the NX will be the first console capable of streaming Ultra HD content.
We’re hoping for a big reveal just before E3 in June this year, but a massive announcement event at the world’s biggest games show wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Desperate times call for desperate measures, after all. The continually-shrinking portable landscape has led to Nintendo’s first major third-party game development, and the Wii U’s poor sales performance has likely speed up the NX’s timeline.