The Nintendo NX is getting slowly pieced together, little tidbits of information at a time. The latest rumour to hit the fan is that the NX will use similar game cartridges to the 3DS, something that would bridge the gap between a home console and a handheld.
The company that creates the majority of game cards for the 3DS, Macronix, have expressed their excitement for the NX’s launch in 2017. There’s also been talk of a bigger storage capacity of a larger game cartridge of up to 32GB instead of the usual 8GB. The Japanese financial analyst site Money Link have looked into the forecast of the year ahead for Macronix and it seems they are looking to experience a great financial boost right around the time of the NX’s launch in March 2017 (providing Nintendo don’t throw a spanner in the works!)
The Wii U may have been the warm up for bridging the gap between home console and the handheld market, as let’s face it, a lot of the games you can play now by just using the gamepad which effectively turns the console into a handheld limited to your house. If you have a small-ish one. The NX using game card style cartridges could work in Nintendo’s favour when it comes to releasing games as well, although they are more expensive to make it would cut down on the weight and power consumption of a disc as well as the fragility of lugging them around. Any high spec game would struggle to run on 8GB of data but bump that up to 32GB as the rumours suggest, and it would be a piece of cake.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more information regarding Nintendo NX as it’s sure to be an exciting year ahead for Nintendo fans in the build up, and don’t forget to follow us on all your social media @wtfgamersonly.