What can we possibly expect to see in Nintendo NX?
We know from the patent that Nintendo’s NX development kit involves a mobile unit and a console unit - But what does that actually mean in a broad sense?
The term mobile unit could mean that it’s a mobile device similar to your mobile smartphone or tablet device. Meaning that when you do plug your games into the console or mobile unit, the game is also mobile in the sense you can take it away with you. Now this opens all sorts of questions - Is this going to be a 3G or 4G device that requires a network subscription?
One other beautiful element the mobile connection could add is that it could allow for other mobile smartphones to be added as separate controllers for the NX. Nintendo is the master of couch multiplayer and there is nothing like a 4 player team-up in Super Mario Bros U on WiiU. However if you don't have enough controllers to go around then that can be a real spoilsport. There is one easy workaround and solution for this, when you do have visitors at your house or apartment, the one thing they most likely will all carry around with them is a mobile smartphone. So Nintendo could create an app that turns the smartphone or tablet into a controller for the NX and this will solve a number of issues, namely people not wanting to part with cash to buy extra controllers.
Recent news also suggests that game development for the NX is easier than previous consoles and also allows easier conversion of existing titles from other consoles bringing them to the NX in a more advanced version. So if you heard that there will be a version of the latest Zelda U game coming to NX, then that may be true. The NX game developers will also take advantage of tools such as UNREAL ENGINE 4 which will definitely attract 3rd parties and independent developers.
Another bit of revealing NX news information is that Nintendo are continuing to support the 3DS and WiiU and games could be spread across all three formats. But how will this work if the production of these games is across 3 platforms that require different development processes? Maybe some sort of software OS update will be delivered to 3DS and WiiU when games for the NX begin to arrive? If such an update occurs we could see all three devices allowing for a unified development process that could be one process of creation which can allow easy production of games for all three formats without having to re-do or re-create work.
One popular element making the news about NX is its specs – Judging by the history of Nintendo consoles they get more and more powerful than their predecessors, an example of this is WiiU which had 4 times more RAM than the Wii and PS3. WiiU was the most powerful console on the planet until the PS4 arrived. So it’s highly likely that the NINTENDO NX will be much more powerful than the PS4 and XBOX ONE. And unlike the WiiU which was totally beaten by the PS4 less than 2 years later, NX will have no new competition for many years to come, SONY and MICROSOFT would be fools to create a PS5 or an XBOX TWO in competition to the NX as it would end their usual approximate 10 year console cycle. Although SONY has hinted releasing a PS4 with upgraded RAM, GPU and CPU (Obviously with the NX threat arising they have to think of something to stay in the competition!).
In a few hours time of writing this article Nintendo will also announce their first mobile game to be distributed across all mobile smartphone and tablet devices and recent Nintendo shares have increased in value and Nintendo have shown a profit on all their sales recently. This is all good news for the gamer, extremely good news! The Daddy of gaming is about to return bigger and better than ever!