Nintendo's next console

I'm super excited from this story today from The Wall Street Journal via Polygon. Nintendo's NX console to be a handheld and a set top box with "industry leading chips" to address power disparity between them, Microsoft and Sony.

The exact shape of the NX hardware isn’t yet clear. People familiar with the development plans said Nintendo would likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use. They also said Nintendo would aim to put industry-leading chips in the NX devices, after criticism that the Wii U’s capabilities didn’t match those of competitors.

And from Polygon, mentioning the DeNA deal finally paying off for their platform, something Nintendo has been classically pretty bad at in my experience:

In addition, the Journal reports that software development kits for the NX are beginning to be distributed, “suggesting the company is on track to introduce the product as early as next year” according to “people familiar with the matter.”

With the next version of the blockbuster Dragon Quest series targeting the NX platform, it’s no surprise that Nintendo is getting developers geared up to work on the hardware now. And with the company focused on unifying its disparate platforms with a new membership service, developed in collaboration with DeNA, an entirely unified platform starts to make a lot of sense.
— Christ Grant, Polygon

More important than all of this, of course, is that my Nintendo NX concept is looking more viable than ever before, especially in recent light of Microsoft figuring out how to do the whole tablet/base-station hybrid with their new Surface Book.