Another day goes by without Nintendo announcing anything NX related. That means it’s one more day filled with rumors and speculation. This time around there are two rumors from two different sources.
The first one concerns the Eurogamer rumor posted last month and the supposed detachable controllers that NX may have. Let’s Play Video Games backs up Eurogamer’s rumor and goes one step further by saying that the detachable NX controllers will have motion control. These will apparently work at least as well as the Wii Remote Plus does and will include some form of advanced vibration force feedback. According to their source this functionality is:
…very similar to the Vive controller, in that it alters intensity, pulsing patterns and duration of vibration to mimic the sensation of a range of different movement types. It’s not just one vibration for all situations, there’s a notable difference between the hard abrupt feedback of a sword clash or the softer, longer thud of something like hitting a tennis ball.
Apparently these detachable controllers will be compatible with Ubisoft’s upcoming Just Dance game that was announced as an NX launch title at this year’s E3 show. It would make sense for Nintendo to include some type of motion controllers as both the Wii U and 3DS utilize it in various ways.
After this rumor was published, Emily Rogers went to Twitter and acknowledged she heard similar rumblings. She added that the NX prototype had a 6.2 inch 720p multi-touch touchscreen, but that it’s unknown if the final product’s screen size will be larger or smaller than the prototype. If true, that’s the same size as the Wii U Game Pad’s screen, but with better resolution and multi-touch being clear improvements.
She also went on to say that the prototype for the supposed Dock Station for the NX has 2 USB ports. Of course, that number could also change in the final product. This dock would be used to play the NX on a TV while at home.
Assuming these rumors all come true, I have mixed feelings. I had hoped Nintendo was making a clean cut from the Wii and DS lines with something completely original. Right now these small nuggets of information don’t make it sound much different. I don’t mind the option for motion controls, especially if that allows backward compatibility or remasters down the road that required those control schemes. The size of the screen is also worrisome as it might be too big to be a true portable device. Granted, lots of people take tablets around with them and phones are approaching that size. The 720p resolution seems like a nice upgrade over the Wii U and a very big upgrade over the 3DS. Hopefully docking the system upscales to 1080p on the TV. Overall, with all of these rumors out there, the NX really seems like it could be a reverse Wii U. All of the processors would be in the controller and it would transmit the picture to the TV. The reverse is true for the Wii U. Hopefully the form factor of the controller is sleek because I honestly can’t see people carrying around something that looks like the Wii U Game Pad with them out in public.
I don’t know how much longer all of us can take the silence from Nintendo. They did say they’d announce details of the NX this fall, and Eurogamer had reported September as a likely reveal period. Now that we’re nearing the end of August, and assuming that press will need to be invited to the unveiling (thus requiring about a three week advance notice), it’s looking like October or later might be more plausible. At this point, I just want Nintendo to come out and announce a date for the unveiling so we have a solid piece of news to look forward to.