So, kind of like the NES, but also kind of not like the NES. Because nobody would launch a beige console in 2016. This is the future. We’ve got white plastic now.
According to a report over on Eurogamer, Nintendo’s next console, codenamed “NX”, will be something more like a tablet with a built-in screen and detachable controllers, that also connects to a TV via a docking station.
The article also notes that although the NX will probably also support digital games, the console “will use game cartridges as its choice of physical media”, much like the 3DS. “Nintendo considered but then decided against making a system which supported digital downloads only,” they were told. Although it is Nintendo, so who knows. I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to debut an entirely new distribution and storage technology powered by gamma radiation and socially awkward declarations of love.
One source claimed that, due to the “radical change in hardware design”, the NX would not be backwards compatible with previous console generation games.
Obviously it’s all rumour and speculation for now, but whatever it is, the thing is expected to launch in March 2017.