Still shrouded in secrecy, we’re left to speculate about what Nintendo NX will involve by reading through numerous rumours that are surfacing online.
NeoGAF user 10k, who recently suggested that the “dedicated game platform” will be more powerful than PlayStation 4 “by a noticeable amount” and that Next Level Games are developing Luigi’s Mansion 3.
Now, we’re left to ponder what the controller will be. Three different sources have reportedly shared that Nintendo will revisit choosing a second-screen controller, as they did with the Wii U GamePad.
This will apparently let you access your Nintendo NX console from any location, with improved technology meaning that players will no longer be restricted to only being able to play over short distances.
If it holds true it could be a dangerous move for Nintendo, especially after Wii U so dramatically failed to spark wider interest from the gaming community. Whether a continuation of the same idea would attract consumers is unclear, even if it sounds differentiated on paper.
10k outlines their rumour, as follows:
“The NX gimmick. I uh….was told not to post this part by some people. As usual, take it with a grain of salt (although I don’t know why I would be warned if it was false) I’m not under any NDA though, and well, it could end up being false. But I was told a variation of this by three different sources. I don’t believe they have a reason to lie to me. Here goes….
“The NX is going to have a screen controller (whether it’s optional or standard I don’t know) and can be used anywhere to play your home console games. The controller itself will not have any processing capabilities, it’ll essentially be a dummy Vita. It’ll likely have basic OS functions to access the NX console from anywhere, like a tiny CPU.
“Nintendo will use enhanced Wii U GamePad streaming tech, and allow the controller to be taken anywhere, connect to the NX console at home (likely through Wi-fi or personal hotspots and the NX console will likely have to be in stand-by mode). Basically, it’s remote play built into the box and won’t require a $200 add-on to experience it. This is likely what Kimishima meant in his interview with Sankei – ‘different way to play with a dedicated machine’ – and the whole ‘new way to experience games’ mantra that’s been going around Nintendo PR.
“Speculation: Nintendo could also sell personal hotspot USB adapters to get internet anywhere and plug either directly into the controller or a wall outlet to not drain the controller battery. The Supplementary Computing Devices may actually be portable hotspot devices with chips in it to boost the quality of the stream. (Maybe the NX will be called the Stream, a speculated final name during the WUST’s).
“Note: This does not mean there will not be a handheld. This isn’t meant to be a replacement for the handheld as there will still be limitations and the controller won’t have a full OS or the capability for physical game media (discs or cartridges). The needs of a handheld won’t be fully met with this feature. It’s just a nice add-on.”