Although it hasn’t been made official yet, there are a number of people who have reported that the Nintendo NX is going to be a portable game console with two detachable controllers.
Nintendo has been more for innovation rather than raw premium specs. And, I think that the company, despite its bold efforts, will really be successful with the Nintendo NX, provided that they will unlock a certain feature.
One gaming authority, Digital Foundry, explained in a recent video that the Nintendo NX could bring something special and that is to emulate both the Nintendo Gamecube and the Nintendo Wii.
So, how will this be possible? It is reported that the Nintendo NX will be powered by the all-powerful Nvidia Tegra mobile processor.
There is an Nvidia shield tablet that uses an iteration of the Tegra processor. It is already powerful in its own right and with Nintendo using the latest one, it will really have more punch in terms of graphical prowess.
This means that it is more than capable of emulating Nintendo’s Gamecube and Wii, provided that the company will release support for it.
This is actually akin to the Nintendo 3DS. Although the company did not release official support for emulation, different hacking groups found a way to emulate certain Nintendo games through emulation with the use of R4 3DS cards.
Now, I am not advocating that people should hack but given these specs, it would be interesting to see if Nintendo is going to officially support it or if hacking teams will be able to make an R4 NX card.
If Nintendo does support this feature, I am pretty sure that the Nintendo NX will really be one of the best portable game consoles ever made.
The idea of having two detachable controllers is wild enough and actually having support for emulation of Nintendo’s previous game consoles make it even more appealing.
If you can remember, there are plenty of memorable games for the Nintendo Gamecube and Nintendo Wii. In fact, the gaming lineup for the Nintendo Wii was extensive enough that people really loved the game console (sadly, the Nintendo Wii U didn’t have the same fate).
I think Nintendo should really look into supporting emulation of their past generation game consoles.
It would be a waste if the Nintendo NX will not be able to do this since, hardware-wise, the portable game console is more than capable of delivering this.
Furthermore, Nintendo should be open to suggestions because the company has suffered great losses over the past years.
This is a really interesting idea and I really do hope that we will get an official support for emulation. Otherwise, hacking teams will do the job for them.
The Nintendo NX will be released in March of 2017.