After taking a voluntary leave of absence renowned rumourmonger Emily Rogers is back online and dropping Nintendo NX predictions all over the place. In a recent post, she spoke about the NX software lineup, stating that fans "should be excited" about what Nintendo has in store for the mysterious new console.
The post itself is worth reading in full, but here's a brief summary of her points:
- In a single year, the NX will build a larger library of games than Wii U produced in three or four years
- The big fundamental focal point (and overall goal) behind NX is to vastly increase the software output from Nintendo's first party teams and studios
- To accomplish this, the entire process of how Nintendo develops and produces software has gone through radical changes
- There is a new strategy that was put in place to create and release first party software at a faster rate
- Multiple unannounced Wii U projects were moved over to NX
- The NX could potentially see the highest output of first party software in the company's history
- NX definitely won't suffer from three month droughts like Wii U did, at least not when it comes to first party software
That's not all of the info Rogers has to offer at this stage; she also rubbished earlier reports relating to the NX's rumoured "controller gimmick", which was described by NeoGAF poster 10k thusly:
The NX is going to have a screen controller (whether it's optional or standard I don't know) and can be used anywhere to play your home console games. The controller itself will not have any processing capabilities, it'll essentially be a dummy vita. It'll likely have basic OS functions to access the NX console from anywhere, like a tiny cpu. Nintendo will use enhanced Wii U gamepad streaming tech, and allow the controller to be taken anywhere, connect to the NX console at home (likely through Wi-fi or personal hotspots and the NX console will likely have to be in stand-by mode). Basically, it's remote play built into the box and won't require a $200 add-on to experience it. This is likely what Kimishima meant in his interview with Sankei - "different way to play with a dedicated machine" and the whole "new way to experience games" mantra that's been going around Nintendo PR.
Citing "sources at Nintendo", Rogers poured scorn over such claims:
I showed this to my Nintendo sources, and they laughed. "The gimmick is made up. His sources lied to him," they said. The gimmick that 10k's sources were describing sounded like Wii U 2.
Even if the NX controller gets a built-in screen, why would the NX's main gimmick — the hardware's biggest selling point — be an enhanced, improved version of Nintendo's worst selling console ever?
And how exactly are these NX games going to "stream from anywhere" outside of your house…to this controller that "won't have any processing capabilities"…? Will Nintendo provide some type of streaming service (that won't require a monthly subscription) to make all of this magically happen? The information that 10k's sources provided on the gimmick just didn't make sense.
As ever, such claims are coming from a single source and should be treated with caution - but Rogers has a decent track record when it comes to this kind of thing. Let us know what you think by posting a comment below.