Nintendo NX Predictions
Many have begun speculating what Nintendo will do next for their upcoming hardware codenamed "NX". Though no one can be sure just what exactly the crazy Japanese toy maker is up to, it is still fun to guess. That is why I have created a prediction (probably completely inaccurate) about Nintendo's next piece of hardware. Hope you enjoy!
The popular idea surrounding the NX is that Nintendo will make some hybrid console. Over the years it has become apparent that Nintendo cannot adequately support both a handheld and home console by themselves. And without third party support, it seems that this alternative may be their best option. As a stingie Nintendo fan, I refuse to accept this vastly popular concept despite how grounded and realistic it may seem. I would personally love to see Nintendo continue to support their handheld and home console separately. I believe that the NX is Nintendo's next home console and it fully supports the entire Wii U catalogue. Whether it supports the Wii U Gamepad or finds some work around to play Wii U games remains undecided. The NX will be Nintendo's way of saying, "we have reached out for support and now see what our consumers really want". This may seem very un-Nintendo like but recent partnerships (like the mobile partnership with DENA) suggest that Nintendo has begun to come out of their shell a bit. The NX will be their powerhouse gaming machine that will attract the attention of hardcore gamers and third party publishers.
Beyond being a powerful piece of hardware that can keep up with the likes of the PS4 or Xbox One, the NX will also need to prove itself in the online space. This is why the NX will take Nintendo Network to a whole new level. Now players will be able to have private chats as well as in-game voice chat across all games. Nintendo's online platform will be on par with Xbox Live and Playstation Network for the NX because Nintendo will likely look to other companies for support with building a better online infrastructure. The controller will be drastically different from recent Nintendo controllers. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, Nintendo will focus on making a robust classic controller. This means no touch screen and no motion controls. The new controller will be more simplistic allowing developers to focus less on new, potentially gimmicky features, and more on original gameplay.
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(This article was written by Jesse DeRosa @secondbestrock)