Up until now, it’s pretty much been assumed by most games industry analysts that Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX, would somehow unify the company’s console and handheld business. According to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal (which was picked up by Kotaku), that is precisely what Nintendo plans to do with the NX. An excert from the paper reads:
“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.”
To say that Nintendo’s current console, the Wii U, has been a disappointment would be a vast understatement, as the console has been significantly eclipsed in sales by its main competitors, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. The 3DS, on the other hand, has been a major success for Nintendo, so unifying their console and handheld businesses would be the logical next step.
This report makes it sound like the NX will be almost a complete redo of the Wii U, as that console already has limited handheld capabilities thanks to its Gamepad device. Hopefully by bringing together its two separate console businesses under one umbrella, Nintendo can refocus its brand and make up for its mistakes with the Wii U.
The NX is tentatively scheduled for a release sometime in 2016 but that could very well change. At the very least, expect the console to be unveiled sometime next year. In the meantime, be sure to check out our list of ways the NX could potentially save Nintendo.