March 17th, 2015

Games: Consoles (Nintendo)

I've got a theory...

The newly announced Nintendo hardware, codenamed "NX", is not going to be a new console. It is going to be a new portable. But not just any old regular portable!

After seeing all the buzz about Oculus VR, Project Morpheus, and SteamVR, Nintendo has decided they want some of that sweet, sweet VR action for themselves.

That's right, NX is actually a codename for... the Virtual Boy 2!

Games: Consoles (Nintendo)

Nintendo News (Slightly More Seriously)

So it looks like Nintendo made two big announcements at one press conference:

First, they're partnering with DeNA, the owners of Mobage, to release Nintendo games on smartphones and tablets, particularly for Android and iOS, at least to start.

This is huge news, though no one is quite sure yet in what way. Nintendo has been resistant to the idea of going mobile for years, presumably on the fear that it will negatively impact sales of games on their own hardware. A lot of business analysts have been saying that they could make a ton of money on mobile, and anyways it doesn't matter because sales for games on their own hardware have already started heading south.

In theory this move could save a company that's already struggling (although doing so with huge cash reserves) or it could just help accelerate a downward spiral that not even huge sacks of cash can save them from.

Personally i'm more inclined to play games on consoles and dedicated handhelds than smartphones, so i'd like to say that this news doesn't affect me. However it seems likely that sooner or later they'll come out with a smartphone game that i'll want to play, and one way or the other this seems like it _will_ affect development of games on their own hardware.

And speaking of which, perhaps for the express purpose of stopping anyone from thinking that they'll be giving up on non-smartphone games, Nintendo announced that they're working on a new piece of gaming hardware, codenamed "NX".

A lot of people are jumping to the conclusion that this is going to be a new console, most likely because the New 3DS just game out. Some people however think it will be a portable, and some people think it will be some kind of hybrid. Like the Wii U i guess, but actually portable?

Nintendo of course claims that it will be an "entirely new concept", but Nintendo almost always claims that ahead of time, and they've been kind hit or miss when it comes time to produce the results. (And a lot more misses than hits lately when it comes time to _name_ the results.)

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But at this point your guess is as good as mine.

No, wait, my Virtual Boy 2 guess is much more entertaining than whatever you were guessing, so nyah-nyah! ;)