There are a lot of rumors out there about the Nintendo NX platform, the upcoming games console from the company behind the Wii U and its associated games. Many of these rumors are contradictory, and some of them have proven to be completely fake. Some are even so out there that they just leave us scratching our heads as to why they'd even be considered.
The latest NX rumor to make the rounds is certainly more believable than some, and focuses both on some hardware basics and a few features that the NX might have. As with all rumors, of course, these details should be taken with a grain of salt.
The rumored features come to us from Reddit user untypedhero, who Reddit mods verified as having developer connections (though this doesn't necessarily mean that those developers have inside knowledge of the NX, of course.) Still, the verification puts him/her leaps and bounds ahead of some other rumor sources; the verification alone apparently took three days and required 11 separate pieces of verifiable information to prove that the dev connection was legitimate. According to untypedhero, the NX will feature:
- x86 architecture.
- Backup data to Nintendo server (most likely My Nintendo).
- Support for additional screen.
- Can handle ports of current-gen games.
- Will be able to interact with smartdevice apps.
- Using NX software will unlock My Nintendo reward points.
Most of these rumored features aren't a surprise, which is what makes them so believable. Some previous rumors have placed the NX at a power level similar to (or in some cases greater than) the PlayStation 4, so having x86 architecture and the ability to handle current-gen ports isn't a wild leap (even if the x86 tidbit contradicts a number of other rumors). Likewise, the recent launch of the Miitomo app would seem like a missed opportunity if the NX didn't have some way to interact with it. The My Nintendo links support some of what's been said about that program as well, especially in regard to earning points by using the software instead of only getting points by buying games.
While it's not uncomfortable-looking controllers or Final Fantasy ports at launch, these rumored features do go a long way toward painting the NX as a more "normal" console than the Wii or Wii U were. That's not a bad thing, either; while these are obviously just rumors, they might help to calm the fears of some fans who were worried that Nintendo was working on another "gimmick" console instead of one designed for a wider range of gameplay options. The My Nintendo details, and especially the online backups, are also encouraging.
We're getting closer to an official reveal on the NX platform, which Nintendo has promised will come this year. There's still no word on when the NX will launch, with rumors placing the launch in both 2016 and 2017 (and in some cases, a staggered launch of a handheld component followed by a console the next year.) The announcement will likely come in time for E3 at the latest, though given Nintendo's history of doing things its own way there could be an announcement before then as well.
The Nintendo NX platform is currently under development, though no launch date or other official details are known at this time.