Nintendo now handing out NX console developer kits

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    The Wall Street Journal sources have said that the console will include a “mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use”.

    This tallies with previous speculation that Nintendo will replace both its handheld and home console offerings simultaneously.

    A separate mobile unit could also fit the description of the touchscreen-based controller that Nintendo recently patented, that also has shoulder scroll wheels.

    The NX will also reportedly use “industry-leading chips“, following developer criticism that the Wii U did not match up close enough with rival consoles.


    Nintendo have never been in the business of using cutting-edge technology. They’ve always preferred to use older technology to its absolutely maximum. The GameBoy could have easily had a colour screen but they went with monochrome because it was cheaper to produce and brought the sale price down. Same goes for the NES and SNES processors. Nothing really new but used so well they managed to get things like F-Zero working fast and smooth.

    I do think that modern machines suffer a bit from this approach though, the Wii ports of games just look so dated and held back from the graphics perspective, so I do hope they actually follow through and deliver something with a bit more punch. There’s only so much trickery you can do to get quality gaming and I think those times have mostly passed in terms of electronics.

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