What do we officially know about the Nintendo NX? Until a U.S. retail source spilled the beans recently, we knew it would launch in March, and that was all. However, this new leak has tongues wagging again, and a new sense of excitement is building. So let’s have a look at this new information.
Nintendo NX leak: the source
This leak came from a reliable source. According to the Nintendo NX Sub-Reddit moderator FlapSnapple, the information provided by the source is considered reliable due to his/her job.
Apparently, this unknown person has a role in an unnamed U.S. retailer which would place him/her in possession of sensitive product information. It is believed that the information is about the Nintendo NX’s in-game frame-rates, launch titles, bundles, and price tag.
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Who is the source? Unfortunately, if you were expecting an answer, there isn’t one because Sub-Reddit editor FlapSnapple has given the source anonymity. Here’s why:
“Exact details of what has been provided will not be released. We take protecting the identity of our sources very seriously. Our source has added the disclaimer that this is all initial information and subject to change as time goes on.”
So here’s what’s new in the extremely slow-moving Nintendo NX information train.
The marketing plan created for the Nintendo NX will focus on how players interact with their games on the go, with the phrase “Games on the go” being important. It will appear in all advertising for the console.
The leaker claims that there will be four launch titles for the NX, with Mario being the focus of initial advertising. There are no other names as of yet, but it thought that Sega, Activision, Square Enix and Warner Bros. have all signed up to make games.
Prices and bundles
With retailers expected to get their demonstrations, the Nintendo NX consoles are expected to arrive in early February for a March launch. The leak suggests that the console will be on sale at two price points. The bundles will reportedly sell for $399.99, although which games this includes has not been revealed. The base price is expected to be somewhere in the region of $299.99.
A similar price leak took place last month, with U.K. retailer Tesco prematurely listing the console for £349.99.
Could the code-name “NX“ actually be the name of the console? According to the leak, that’s possible because the letters “NX“ still appear on the device’s packaging. However, this could be just a placeholder, waiting for the final naming decision to be made.
The box for the Nintendo NX is white and blue — the color scheme Nintendo used on the Wii box.
Leaked features and specs
Unfortunately there are no big leaks such as which chip powers the Nintendo NX or whether it will support a VR headset. However, the leaker did suggest that the console will likely render in 1080p at 60fps and that all the implications point towards the console supporting cartridges. There has been no information about 4K streaming provided.
That is as far as the leaker went; nothing more has been revealed. So let’s have a look at what has been trending in the Nintendo NX rumor mill of late.
Pokemon on the Nintendo NX
For years there have been Pokemon games appearing on handheld Nintendo devices, but not consoles. This has left many of the gaming franchise’s fans frustrated. However, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, last month Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara spilled some beans.
He slipped up and said: “The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a handheld device. We will make games for the NX.”
What the statement seems to do is kill two birds with one stone. One: it confirms that the Nintendo NX will be a hybrid mobile/console device. Two: He clearly says that his company will make games for it.
So unless he had been drinking sake earlier that day and was intoxicated, he managed to tell the world in less than 30 words that Pokemon will be a game on the NX.
Boogie2988 handheld/console hybrid bombshell
Last week it was huge news that popular YouTuber Boogie2988 had said too much in a discussion at Retropalooza. Known for providing gaming news and for his industry contacts, he hinted about talking to people close to the NX. He says they confirmed to him that the console would indeed be a mobile/console hybrid.
“I’ve talked to two people who have used it. One is from Ubisoft, and he said programming for it is really nice and Nintendo is working very closely with him and that the concept is great because he said, you could play… Uh, I don’t know how careful I should be with it… Let’s say you could play Assassin’s Creed once you have your handheld plugged into your console. And then, you could detach the thing and take it with you and play the Assassin’s Creed mobile game out of your pocket. And then when you get back home, plug it directly in, and now it attaches back to the… That’s brilliant. That’s smart, right? Taking a form of the game with you as you go, it will be great.”