No thanks to Nintendo’s decision to keep everyone in the dark regarding their upcoming Nintendo NX console, fans have been left to scramble for information in every corner of the internet. Of course, a lot of reports and rumors have surfaced in recent weeks that gave fans an unofficial glimpse into the NX. For example, a comprehensive report detailed the console will be primarily a handheld-home console hybrid that is neither a successor to the 3DS or the Wii U. Another one revealed that a new Pokemon game is being developed by Game Freak – the minds behind the main Pokemon games – and that it will be released within six months after the NX launched on March 2017.
That last one was further backed recently in a Twitter post by a well-known Nintendo tipster: Emily Rogers. And now, she has posted further info on the NX, which, of course, should be taken with a grain of salt like every rumor and unofficial news out there.
Using her Wordpress page this time, Rogers posted on several aspects about the NX such as:
- Battery Life: According to her, the battery lifespan of the NX “doesn’t sound great”. Although handheld consoles have always had this sort of problem, it’s more worrying for the NX when you consider that it will reportedly run with a very powerful mobile gaming processor. Its capability to put out a gaming experience that’s close to the level of the PS4 and Xbox One on-the-go will be rendered useless if you can’t even play a game for the duration of your train ride. And speaking of the PS4 and Xbox One…
- Power: In terms of raw hardware power, the NX is “below [the] PS4 and [Xbox One]”. Again, the NX will be primarily a handheld console, so it’s a bit unreasonable to expect it to produce in the same level as a dedicated home console that’s equipped with a processor equally dedicated to home console gaming. It’s fairer to gauge the NX’s hardware prowess against Sony’s rapidly-fading-into-irrelevance PlayStation Vita, which is currently the most powerful dedicated handheld console in the market. Of course, the NX will be able to connect to a TV, too, so if the console is lagging far behind current-gen consoles, it will be much more apparent on the bigger screen.
- Size: Rogers previously detailed that the NX will have a 6.2 inch touchscreen. Adding more to the physical aspects of the NX, Rogers has now detailed that the device will be around 14-15 mm thick, which sounds just about right for a handheld console.
- USB Ports: In her Twitter posts, Rogers mentioned two USB ports for the NX. It turns out there will be three – two 2.0 ports and one 3.0 port. It’s a safe guess that the 3.0 port will be used for docking with a TV, while the 2.0 ports could be used for other external things like file transfer cables or something. The detachable controllers will reportedly connect via infrared, so they’re out of the equation.
- Cooling System: Gaming consoles are still machines. And like any other kind of electrically powered machine, they need to be able to breathe. But it’s very annoying if they “breathe” in a very noise way. (Imagine a person breathing noisily in your ear. Not fun, isn’t it?) Well, spoiler alert: the NX will similarly have a cooling system that’s “a little noisy”, according to Rogers. Of course, Nintendo has several more months to tweak that.
- Camera & Mic: The recent patent leaks hinted the NX will feature a camera, but it looks like it won’t be built-in. The same goes for the microphone. Well, it still remains to be seen how this will affect the user experience, because, really, not many games require the use of a camera and a microphone. (Maybe they will be add-on peripherals instead?)
Rogers also confirmed that the reports of the NX having motion control on its detachable controllers (similar to the Wii Remote), as well as force feedback and a Share button, are all true and correct. So if you got excited at the thought of Just Dance 2017 – one of the titles that will launch with the NX -- when the motion control report popped up…well, you can continue to get pumped up without interruption. The Wii became such a massive hit because of its innovative Wii Remote, so it’s smart for Nintendo to feature a similar controller again. (If you have a Wii Remote, you can use it with the NX in some games.)
- Buttons: Since Nintendo hasn’t even shown a single damn image of the NX, not even a childish doodle of the thing, everyone still has no clue what the NX will look like. Of course, recent reports, like (again) the patent leaks that hinted at possible swappable modular buttons, have helped fans in imagining the layout of the NX. Rogers added more to that by saying the NX will have “at least two shoulder buttons” and that a possible right analog stick will be right below the face buttons (X, Y, A, B). The former is the more curious one because Nintendo has always maintained two shoulder buttons for their more recent handheld consoles (starting from the Game Boy Advance to present). But the NX will be bigger than them, so there’s presumably more room for more buttons.
To cap off the list of rumors and tidbits, Rogers mentioned that the NX will have Unreal Engine 4 and Unity Engine support. With the Tokyo Game Show 2016 coming up, speculated as the event where the NX will be finally unveiled, it will only be a matter of time before all these recent reports get any validation. You can go prepare a checklist of the rumors and reports you believed in, if you want.