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Pokémon Company CEO Spills The Beans: Nintendo NX Is Definitely A Handheld And Regular Console Hybrid

22 September 2016, 1:16 pm EDT By Vamien McKalin Tech Times
The Pokémon Company's leading man spilled the beans on the Nintendo NX. It's confirmed that the device will be both handheld and home console in one.  ( Jeramey Jannene | Flickr )

The NX is the next big thing to come from Nintendo. It's the company's next video game console, but so far, not much is known about it. We've come across several rumors that claim the NX is both a handheld and a traditional console, and it appears the rumors were true.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Tsunekazu Ishihara, head of the Pokémon Company, was quoted as saying the Nintendo NX is exactly what many rumors have reported. He says the device is both a handheld and a regular home console, but he did not explain how this set up will work.

"The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device," according to Ishihara via the WSJ. It's quite interesting what Ishihara has to say. Nintendo is definitely going its own way and that's a good thing.

We have to assume the Nintendo NX will be a handheld device with the ability to plug directly into a TV. The rumors have stated this, and it seems it is the only viable way to create such a device.

Yes, Nintendo could create a regular console with a handheld attachment, but that could turn out to be expensive. A handheld with the ability to be hooked up to a TV screen would likely be less expensive to produce, and target both markets at the same time.

We could end up getting a device that is similar to the Nvidia Shield, or even the Razer Edge tablet. Those are decent mobile gaming devices that can be connected to a larger screen, so if Nintendo goes down the same path, it wouldn't be exactly unique.

We may learn more soon as rumors suggest Nintendo is planning to host an event in October, and there the company will officially unveil the NX to the world.

Another round of rumors claims the Nintendo NX will do away with discs and focus on cartridges. This is the old way of doing things before Sony changed things with the original PlayStation.

Taking advantage of cartridges is not a bad idea seeing as games will likely load faster. However, seeing as this media format is not as widely produced when compared with DVD and Blu-Ray, we have to wonder what the cost will be.

We have faith Nintendo will work around most issues, but with the Sony PS4 Pro set for release soon and Microsoft's Project Scorpio scheduled for a late 2017 release, the Nintendo NX could find itself in some problems going forward.

Photo: Jeramey Jannene | Flickr

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