Nintendo NX Will Reportedly Be a Console and a Handheld

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A new report by the Wall Street Journal is saying that the upcoming Nintendo console coming out in 2016, also coded NX, will be a console and a handheld to match the lifestyle of the mobile generation.

The world's largest video game company is expecting its independently-functioning device to successfully replace the Wii U and the 3DS.


The NX is akin to the Wii U and its gamepad in that it can reportedly be used together with the handheld. However, it's unlike the previous gamepad which needs to be near the Wii U to function. According to the WSU report, Nintendo has already started bringing the NX's software development kit, which coincides with earlier reports that the software company has worked with other developers as well.

It's a bold move for the Japan-based multinational consumer electronics company that plans to utilize "industry-leading chips" on the NX to compete with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, even though its rumored 900p resolution might put a dent on sales.

According to IHS Technology senior principal analyst Hiroshi Hayase, "a small recovery in shipments of flat-panel displays for game devices because of Nintendo's new game hardware expected to be released in 2016" is expected.

Hayase didn't detail the Nintendo's handheld screen size further, but he confirmed it being a standalone device. The analyst said he's expecting displays manufactured to be between 3.1 to five inches and 14.1 million units produced last year to increase to 16.5 million units in 2016.

It's exciting to see how the final product and how the NX will advance in the future.

Nintendo has been known to create distinctive consoles and devices. With the new report, it appears the company is staying true to its brand and it's continuing to make innovations that changes the industry.