The Wall Street Journal has published an article today that has the potential to make all Nintendo fans giddy with excitement. The outlet is reporting that Nintendo has begun shipping out software kits to developers, and further cements rumors that the next Nintendo console, dubbed the NX, will be a home console/portable hybrid.
Furthermore, David Gibson, an analyst for Macquarie Capital Securities, states that his firm is “increasingly of the idea that Nintendo might launch the NX in 2016 because of the softness of 3DS and Wii U.” However, shipping development units out now would only give third-party teams about a years worth of time to have projects ready for presumed holiday 2016 launch. Unless of course, a majority of those projects are ports of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 titles, which wouldn’t be surprising. But could the NX handle that? It could, and more, according the piece’s author, Takashi Mochizuki:
“The exact shape of the NX hardware isn’t yet clear. People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use. They also said Nintendo would aim to put industry-leading chips in the NX devices, after criticism that the Wii U’s capabilities didn’t match those of competitors.”
That entire paragraph reads like a fanboy’s dream. A system that combines “industry-leading chips” with the ability to get up and go is what everyone hoped for from the Nintendo Wii U. Now it may actually be a reality. We won’t hear anything official for a while – most likely E3 in June – but this is enough to get our excitement level up. But of course, that’s always how these things start out for Nintendo fans…