As the March 2017 target release date of the Nintendo NX creeps closer, more and more information about the console are starting to pop up, although all of them are purely scooped up from “sources” and none of them bears the seal of confirmation from Nintendo. Of course, fans deprived of information will consider any piece of news that comes their way. One of the most telling pieces was the information un-earthed by Eurogamer a couple of weeks ago, which details that the NX will feature detachable controllers – it’s primarily a handheld console capable of docking with a TV at home.
But according to a recent report by Let’s Play Video Games, not only do the controllers detach from the main device, they are also equipped with motion control and force feedback. The former will be similar to and will function likewise to the Wii motion controller – the main reason for the console’s massive success which the Wii U embarrassingly failed to build upon – and is “designed to phase out the Wii Remote over time”, according to the report. Additionally, players that still have a Wii Remote in their possession will be able to use them with the NX, but only for limited titles.
For the latter, one of the sources informing Let’s Play Video Games has this to say:
The force feedback feature will come in handy when playing racing simulation games, as it will allow players to have a more immersive experience that’s similarly brought by dedicated racing wheels, but not exactly the same, obviously. The Nintendo NX is set to launch with the title Just Dance 2017 and, according to the report, it’s one of the games that will support both the brand new NX detachable controllers and the old Wii Remote.
Nintendo tipster details more NX info on Twitter
Of course, like with all other news pieces regarding the Nintendo NX, the details about its controllers must be taken with a grain of salt. However, Emily Rogers, a well-known Nintendo tipster, has launched a series of Tweets that shed more light on the notoriously mysterious console – one of which sort of unofficially confirms the motion control and force feedback controller features. The Tweets are protected, so we can’t directly link to them, but here are the things she dropped:
The first Tweet is already detailed in the report above. The second Tweet is probably the one that will turn heads. If the NX really turns out to be equipped with a 6.2 inch 720p touchscreen, then that means players will get to enjoy an eye-popping gaming experience while on the move. Of course, that’s nowhere near the alley of the PlayStation 4, but for a primarily handheld console, that’s huge. But like Emily Rogers said, it’s still unknown if the size is really set.
- This article [referring to the Let’s Play Video Games report mentioned above] about NX's detachable controllers supporting force feedback and motion controls has truth.
- NX prototype had a 6.2 inch 720p multi-touch touchscreen. Unknown if final product's screen size will be larger / smaller than prototype.
- Prototype for dock station has USB ports. I heard 2 usb ports, but I don't know if this number will change in the final product.
- MCV's report about GameFreak being involved with NX has some truth to it.
The third Tweet is really nothing to fuss over about: USB ports have become the norm in today’s modern tech world. So that bit of information isn’t all that groundbreaking. The fourth and last Tweet is (again) a sort of unofficial confirmation about the news that a Pokemon game will be released for the NX within its first six months in the market. If that turns out to be true, which is very likely, it will mark the first time that Game Freak has developed a Pokemon game outside of Nintendo’s dedicated handheld consoles.
Out of the three upcoming consoles – the PS4 NEO and Project Scorpio being the other two – from the holy trinity of the video games industry (Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft), the NX is the one with the most details out there, even with the “unofficial” tag plastered all over them. The Tokyo Game Show 2016 will be held in mid-September and there’s a chance that Nintendo will take the stage in the event and FINALLY unveil the NX. Of course, the stream of information from unofficial sources won’t really stop until the console is released next year.