For more than a year, the internet has been begging for scraps of information about the Nintendo NX, the next console from the venerable video game company behind Mario and Zelda.
Nintendo first said it was making another console more than a year ago, but the company offered no details aside from assurance that we would know more by the end of 2016. With about three months to go before then, we don’t even know the console’s name, as NX is just a codename.
But the head of the company behind Pokémon may have just tipped off the nature of the gaming device.
“The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a handheld device,” Pokémon Company head Tsunekazu Ishihara told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “We will make games for the NX.”
- The Pokemon Company
It’s not surprising that Pokémon is coming to the NX, given that Nintendo is more or less in charge of marketing and distributing Pokémon products. What is potentially revealing is the first part of that quote, in which Ishihara talks about the nature of the NX.
It has been rumored for quite some time that the NX will be a combination home console and handheld device. The rumors picked up steam when anonymous sources told Eurogamer that would pretty much be the case, with LetsPlayVideoGames reporting that it would have detachable controllers with motion controls.
This could also fall in line with previous reports that Game Freak, the developer of the core handheld Pokémon role-playing games, would develop a game for the NX. Dozens of Pokémon games have been released for Nintendo home consoles, but they have always been spin-offs rather than the core handheld games that drive the franchise forward.
Of course, Ishihara’s comments don’t mention Game Freak at all, so this is just connecting the dots. If Nintendo’s next home console and next handheld console are, indeed, the same device, it would make sense for future games in the main series to show up there.
Based on what Ishihara told The Journal, it seems as if the NX might be a hybrid home and handheld console after all. The NX will launch in March 2017, with an official console reveal event supposedly happening in September or October.