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Nintendo NX will be a full-fledged handheld device with console play

Nintendo is one of the best-established companies in the gaming industry with a great heritage. The company has designed some of the finest games and console systems, but its current Wii U has lagged some way behind the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Consequently, the big N has already switched its attention to mobile gaming and developing a new console called Nintendo NX.

Nintendo officially announced the NX in 2015. Then the company president stated: “As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX.”

Nintendo said it hoped to share further details in 2016. Now there are plenty of rumors about what this upcoming console could be like, and the most recent is that the Nintendo NX will be both a handheld and console. So that would be a shift away from both the 3DS and Wii and give Nintendo just one platform for all its games.

The Wii U did have a handheld gamepad. So the NX could have something comparable to that. The big difference, however, is that the NX’s handheld gamepad will be a truly portable unit that you can take anywhere. With that, you’ll be able to transfer a game session to the NX’s gamepad.

Since the GameCube Nintendo console hardware has usually been more limited compared to Sony’s and Microsoft’s alternatives, but Nintendo could raise the bar with the NX. Rumors further suggest that the NX could have industry-leading chips. That would make it more of a match for the PlayStation 4.

Reports also suggest that Nintendo is already seeding software development kits for the NX. So the big N could now be giving developers the tools they need to make some games for the console. If that is so, then the company might be planning to launch this console sooner than some might have expected.

Consequently, Nintendo could soon unveil its latest console (and handheld) at E3 2016. If that’s the case, then a 2016 release for the Nintendo NX will certainly be on the cards.