Yes, I have been talking a lot about consoles lately.
No, I am not bothered by that. I hope you’re not either.
The Nintendo 64 was released in 1996. The Gamecube was released five years later in 2001. The Wii was released five years later after that in 2006. After that, the Wii U was released six years later in 2012.
Five years, five years, six years. Do you see a trend?
I didn’t realize that there was at least five years in between each home console. I wonder, when do they start working on the next one? Immediately? One year after the previous console’s release? Two years after? How long does it take to develop a home console, anyway?
Whatever the answers are to these questions, I thought to myself back at the beginning of the year, “The Wii U is old. When are they coming out with a new console?”
Of course, the Wii U isn’t as old as I thought it was. And I love the Wii U, I’m not trying to replace it or anything. But it’s always fun to think about the new, creative things they’ll come up with next.
I had heard of the NX before, but it didn’t have a name and it was just a rumor. After four years, they surely were working on a new console, but it was all speculation.
In April 2016, it was confirmed that the NX indeed a thing and it will be Nintendo’s next home console with a release date of March 2017. Less than a year away.
Five years, five years, six years, four years. Or, technically four-in-a-half years. Either way, they’re ahead of the game.
Not much is known about the NX. I don’t know what it may look like, I don’t know if the controls will be similar to the Wii series or something like the Gamecube or even the Super Nintendo. I don’t know if the layout will be similar to the Wii series or if they’ve come up with some brand new aspects.
In an article by VG 24/7, a little more light is shed on the NX.
In an interview with Nintendo president, Tatsumi Kimishima, he stated:
“[…] the NX is neither the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS. It’s a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact than the Wii U, but I don’t feel it’s a pure replacement for the Wii U.”
There’s also a rumor saying that the NX will no longer be using discs, but cartridges instead. Maybe we will end up going back to the old school controllers. Who really knows?
And while this information is a few months old, they didn’t say too much about the NX itself during E3 2016. So we’ll just have to wait and see.
What are your thoughts on the NX console?
To view VG 24/7’s full article, click the link above, or click here.