“I’ve no idea what that thing is going to be,” Pachter replied to Gaming Bolt, asked as to what he believed the NX will be. “I don’t think it’s coming out this year – Nintendo’s practice has been to show things a year, year and a half before they come out, so… I think they’ll show it at this E3, and I think it’ll come out next year. It might not come out in November, it might come out in March…”
Nintendo has been remarkably silent about NX, aside from repeatedly confirming that they will share more information this year. That has only led to speculative rumours emerging from multiple sources, with no clear idea as to what the platform will be.
That has seen Nintendo be scorned by Moon Studios, Call of Duty: Bloodlines and Beyond Destiny be rumoured as Activision’s early support for the console, and suggestions emerge that Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a NX exclusive.
“You know, it’s sounding an awful lot like it’s a handheld and console hybrid, where you have a handheld and you do some stuff on it, and the console will be like an Apple TV or something, and you can pull games down from that,” Pachter added.
“I’m not really sure. I would say based on Nintendo’s recent history, it is not going to be very good. I know they are pretty excited about it, but I would say it’s a backward looking technology, that is just not an improvement over everything else that we’ve got an option to do, and it will completely miss the point of games getting away from consoles.
“We’ll see. But I think Nintendo is desperately clinging on to an old business model that is passing them by.”