The past week's key revelations on the NX, established through multiple sources and reinforced by plenty of checks and off-the-record conversations, have many (including us here at Nintendo Life) confident that there's validity and value to the details.
One key aspect is the use of Nvidia technology to power the system, likely to be a Tegra chip or variation on that technology. There are plenty of positives to that choice, but some negatives in that the customary backward compatibility we're so used to thanks to the iterative architectures of GameCube / Wii / Wii U will be tough to recreate.
The answer, should Nintendo seek one, is emulation. Digital Foundry explores this in its latest video, looking at how a Shield TV (which uses Tegra X1) manages with GameCube and Wii games through the unofficial Dolphin emulator for Android. This sort of testing has multiple provisos - the NX may use a chip more powerful than X1, an unofficial emulator via Android doesn't deliver the optimum results. The experiment's interesting, though, as it demonstrates that emulation is certainly viable on this technology.
It'll be interesting to see in the coming months how big a part the Virtual Console and past-gen games will play on NX. Will Nintendo keep the VC as a key part of its next-gen vision for downloadable gaming, or will the concept take a back seat? We'll see in time, but let us know what you think in the comments.