Ever since Sony and Microsoft released their next gen consoles to compete with Nintendo's Wii U, fans have been speculating what the Japanese company will release as the successor to both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. Turns out both versions will be one of the same!
A report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that Nintendo's next console, codenamed the NX, will be a hybrid of both the 3DS and Wii U. Here's the quote from Takashi Mochizuki for WSJ;
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.
There's a few things to take away from this report. First, it seems that Nintendo, who have dominated the handheld market for decades, are trying to use their handheld success to help boost their console sales by combining both hardwares.
Secondly, it seems more and more likely that Nintendo are planning to drop their plan of "affordable family alternative consoles", to compete with Sony and Microsoft over their core gameplay mechanics. This strategy may have worked over wonders with the Wii (the greatest selling console of both the 7th and 8th generation of gaming with 100million units sold worldwide) but it didn't work as well with it's successor, the Wii U. The Wii U bombed in terms of sales with 10 million units sold worldwide only managing a tenth of the Wii's revenue. This strategy would prove effective and show that Nintendo are ready to compete with the heavyweights.
What can we expect from a hybrid console?
If these reports are true, then fans can finally expect a full, next generation, open world Pokémon video game! Nintendo keep out-doing themselves in terms of the Pokémon franchise, but fans keep crying out for a Pokémon XD styled main series game. Nintendo always listen to their fans, most notably with remaking Ruby and Sapphire after high demand, so it would come as no surprise if they were to finally do the impossible and make an open world Pokémon game. Sure, it wouldn't be like Skyrim, but at least it's a start!
If Nintendo are looking to compete with Sony and Microsoft in terms of gameplay and graphics, then you can expect a lot of 3rd party developers being brought to the Nintendo franchise such as; Far Cry, Call of Duty, The Elder Scrolls and the Arkham Series.
Are you looking forward to Nintendo's NX? What do you hope to see? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I'll be sure to get back to you!