Another week and another new batch of rumours, so if you would rather stay out of it, look away now. Or strap yourselves in and get comfy because it’s rumour time.
E3 has come and gone, but the rumours haven’t so in the first post-E3, let’s ease into it with a rumour concerning the NX’s power. According to Gameblog.fr (one of France’s biggest gaming news sites,) the publication reports that the Nintendo NX was in fact meant to launch at the end of this year, during the holiday period. Sadly though due to game delays and other factors (which now includes delaying mass production until next year so that Nintendo can incorporate VR tech to the NX,) release of the console was delayed until next year. Not done there though, the publication also reported on the specs, deeming it equal to the PlayStation 4 NEO.
But even then Gameblog.fr still isn’t finished because the article where all this information came from, also covers games we can expect to see on the NX. The recently announced Breath of the Wild got a mention, but so does Skyward Sword, as apparently it is set to be one of three known remastered games for the NX (the other two being Smash and Mario Kart.) Now given what Aonuma said at E3 regarding a Skyward Sword remaster, deeming it a “possibility” but also saying it would be a weird thing what with the release of Breath of the Wild also set next year, I’d have to wager that this was merely wishful/speculative thinking on Gameblog.fr’s behalf. Also stated in the same article is that both Square Enix and Capcom both have a number of confirmed titles lined up for the NX and that the reveal of the console is set to take place in September, a month we’ve already “predicted” what be the NX reveal month anyway, so nothing new there then.
For anyone interested in checking out the full article, click here, but it is in French, so unless you retain all you learned from school, or are fluent in the language, you might want to use a translator. Moving on to our second and final rumour today, as we have no need to go into the hacker attempting to steal a Breath of the Wild demo, since we’ve already covered that here, instead we’re just going to pop on over to GameStop.
“I would say that the fact that there are rumors of that type just confirms for you that this is an important console for next year. It will have physical media, we will play a role in it, our pre-owned business will also play a role. So we’re excited about that.
The only difference would be on the refurbishment and pre-owned side. And actually, cartridges are much simpler to refurbish and repackage. So there is somewhat a little bit of an advantage if it went in that direction on used.”
That which is just saw above is a reveal concerning the Nintendo NX and the fact it will use physical media, which GameStop CEO Paul Raines let slip during a GameStop earnings Call. In whatever format the physical media may come in (cartridge or disc,) two things are for certain, the first being Raines doesn’t know just what kind of physical media the NX will use and two, unless we hear directly from Nintendo, we should take this with a pinch of salt. That said, this isn’t the first time cartridges have popped up when talking about the NX and its looking like it won’t be the last time either and as great as it would be to see a Nintendo home console that uses carts, I think a lot of us would prefer discs as it would mean the NX does in fact have backwards compatibility, but cartridge would without a doubt be better though, but that’s just how I feel about it.
Now at this point, we would just like to remind you that all that everything seen above is purely speculation, so until any of it is confirmed to be true by Nintendo (whenever they finally decide to let us in, or just drunk enough to spill all,) we advise you to only take from this what you will and in no way accept this as solid fact, whilst it is nothing more than rumours and rumblings and should you wish to get all caught up with all the rumours, you can find all our regarding rumours below:
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This post was written by Solid Jack