Sunday, 18 October 2015

Comments: Is a Hybrid NX a Good Thing?

As most of you may well have heard, Nintendo announced their next dedicated home console, codenamed the NX, a few months back, in response to their new partnership with mobile games giant DENA. A few things have already been rumored about the NX...

...from it not being Virtual Reality (which is what people expected at first) to being focused on e-sports and being more powerful than both the Xbox One and PS4. But one thing has been mentioned time and time again by Nintendo, and may have just been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, and that is that the NX is not just one console but is, instead, a platform that combines PC, Wii U, 3DS, Smartphones, Tablets and the NX itself under one banner, all connected using Nintendo and DENA's new membership service. 

Now, personally, I think this is an interesting, and very Nintendo, decision and, if pulled off correctly, could revolutionize the way, and where, we play games. I'm not saying, of course, that I would like to see, say, Gen 7 of Pokémon on the PC or Smartphones but imagine it being able to connect with Pokémon Go for the Smartphones and, perhaps, a Pokémon Gym simulator on PC? 

As for whether this kind of connectivity is what Nintendo meant is unclear but one things for certain - they need to do a better job of explaining the capabilities of the system and advertising it than they did for the Wii U if they want it to sell. 

What do you think? Is a hybrid NX a good thing? What are your hopes and fears for the console(s)? Let us know in the comments! 

Goodbye for now, Harry

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