A Nintendo patent from late 2015 that captures the imagination

Back by popular demand, there's more analyst speculation - with a somewhat factual grounding - that's added to the belief that the NX, or at least a portable aspect of the hardware, will be released this year.

It's not new to suggest that the NX hardware will have a portable element, with a mix of patents, logic and interpretation of previous Nintendo comments adding to a belief that the next platform could feature both console and handheld aspects. If this headline seems familiar, that's because just recently Macquarie shared a belief that a portable NX release would come this year, with a 'console partner device' in 2017.

This time around it's Hiroshi Hayase, a senior principal analyst at IHS Technology, who has spoken about an increase screen shipments with the NX as a contributory factor.

We expect a small recovery in shipments of flat-panel displays for game devices because of Nintendo's new game hardware expected to be released in 2016.

Hayase-san reportedly went on to say that he expects this to relate to a standalone portable gaming machine rather than a GamePad-style controller tied to a home console. It could, of course, be both - in a manner of speaking.

It's a little more smoke to the fire, and from a source worth paying some attention to. Ultimately only Nintendo has definitive details, which it'll reveal this year.

[source wsj.com, via neogaf.com]