The Nintendo NX is not a console, at least not like one which gamers have been accustomed to for the past 30 or so years. While Nintendo has yet to make an official statement, many sources within the company have confirmed that the new ?console? will be a hybrid between a handheld and a gaming platform normally played at home.
According to Eurogamer, the new gaming platform will be powered by Nvdia Tegra technology and has no plans to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One in terms of graphical power. It will bring back cartridges, which is a fairly interesting move to say the least, and is the only thing that makes the new system seem like a console.
Some have described the Nintendo NX as a mobile games machine with console capabilities, mainly because of its detachable controllers. The controllers can be put in the platform and play like a handheld, but they can also be detached and play like a console.
It’s very different, which seems to be the intention behind making it, but that doesn’t make it a proper console, or at least the ?proper? console gamers have gotten used to. There are some bright spots to this, as the cartridges might mean the games? data no longer need to be installed on the console, leaving plenty of space for saved files and digital games.
On the downside, this means that the console will not be backwards-compatible with any Wii U games. This is probably why a number of Wii U games were rumored to be remastered for the new platform, since it no longer supports disc-based video games. Fans who love their Wii U games might want to stick with their console a bit longer.
This is probably why the president of Nintendo stated that the NX would not replace the Wii U, since it won’t play like a proper console. It seems to be just as powerful as the Wii U, since it will be home to games like Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild and Project Sonic 2017, the latter of which will not be coming to the Wii U.
What?s worth noting is that battery life is essential for this portable platform, meaning Nintendo can?t go all out and place high specs. ?Nvidia’s Tegra technology is built with a specific profile in mind: a delicate balance between performance and power efficiency in order to maintain battery life, the life force of mobile gaming,? Eurogamer wrote.
More Nintendo NX news will be revealed as it reaches its March 2017 release date. Stay tuned to TheBitbag for more updates.