Nintendo NX Biggest Secret Revealed
The new Zelda Breath of the Wild game on the Wii U may have accidentally outed one of the biggest question marks hanging over Nintendo’s new NX console.
A few months back it was rumoured that Macronix, the company which supplies Nintendo with ROM chips, is expecting a huge revenue increase as the gaming company leads up to the NX release.
If you’re feeling puzzled, worry not, these chips are usually what make up small 3DS game cartridges. You won’t be plugging in giant N64 sized cartridges anymore.
Now we might have official confirmation on the use of chips rather than discs for the NX thanks to the US trademark for Nintendo’s new Zelda game.
According to NeoGaf user Atheerios, US trademarks for Wii U games the trademark mentions discs and for Nintendo 3DS games, it mentions cartridges.
But for Zelda Breath of the Wild, a game coming to both Wii U and Nintendo NX (at a later date) the US trademark mentions “video game cartridges” alongside discs.
And as Atheerios points out: “this could be a strong indicator that NX will, in fact, use cartridges.”
As we’ve touched on a number of times before, the Nintendo adopting game cartridges could have big implications for the NX.
On the one hand cartridges – like those used in a 3DS – are fast and can hold a lot of data.
It would allow Nintendo to do away with the large internal moving parts needed for a disk drive – perhaps replacing that extra space for a large internal storage.
But equally for all the benefits of a cartridge, they can be more expensive to produce.
Furthermore, it’s not certain what effect this could have on publishers and third-party developers, who currently release games solely on disc for PS4, Xbox One and Wii U.
Nintendo’s president, Tatsumi Kimishima has previously spoken of introducing an entirely new console with the release of their NX console.
“The NX is neither the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS”, said Kimishima.
“It’s a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact than the Wii U, but I don’t feel it’s a pure replacement for the Wii U.”
The late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had first hinted at a new direction for the company last year, saying:
“If you only expand upon existing hardware, it’s dull.
“In some shape or form, we’re always thinking about how we want to surprise players as well as our desire to change each person’s video gaming life.”
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