The Nintendo NX is the most enigmatic console in years. With a planned March 2017 release, we still, unbelievably, don’t know anything about the bugger.
However, multiple reports seem to suggest that various third parties have been vastly impressed with what they’ve seen so far, according to popular YouTuber boogie2988.
Speaking during an hour long Q&A session at Retropalooza, Boogie eventually touched on the subject of the NX.
He claims to have spoken to two people who’ve actually seen and used the console – which has long been rumoured to be a hybrid of portable and home console gaming – although it is worth noting that as with all things NX, nothing is concrete.
This is something that Boogie admitted himself later on Twitter (below), but as someone with a history of making measured and well-informed comments (except when he’s Francis), I’d say what Boogie has to tell us has at least some credence.
For the people quoting me about nintendo NX please know, all my information is second hand by semi-trustable sources.
Hope they are right
— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) October 5, 2016
Here’s what he had to say:
I’ve talked to two people who have used it. One is from Ubisoft and he said programming for it is actually really nice and Nintendo is working very closely with him and that the concept is great because he said, you could play… Uh, I dunno how careful I should be with it… Let’s say you could play Assassin’s Creed once you have your handheld plugged into your console. And then, you could then detach the thing and take it with you and play the Assassin’s Creed mobile game out of your pocket. And then when you get back home, plug it directly in and now it attaches back to the… That’s brilliant. That’s smart, right? Taking a form of the game with you as you go. So he says it’s a dream to code for. And then somebody I know who’s played on the NX for 20 minutes said… It’s as innovative as they’d hoped and ‘we wish we had done that.’
Certainly, his comments tally with what we’ve heard before. Various folk at Ubisoft – including CEO Yves Guillemot – have indeed been very public about singing the console’s praises of late.
On top of that, the fact that the NX is a home console/portable hybrid has been all but confirmed at this point. This is the first time we’ve really had an insight into how that might work, though.
You can watch the video in which boogie discusses the NX below. It’s already set to start at the moment he brings up the console.
The general consensus is that Nintendo will finally show the NX off before the end of October. I sincerely hope they do – the mystery is getting kind of old.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.