Nintendo's NX will reportedly include "at least one mobile unit"

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Nintendo's NX will reportedly include "at least one mobile unit"

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nintendo's upcoming NX console will feature some form of mobile device that can be used separately from the home console.

In their report, the WSJ says that the NX will "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."

This is based on sources claiming that Nintendo NX development kits are being shipped out to developers, which suggests that the console could be hitting shelves sometime next year.

Rumours and speculation

The news of a mobile device accompanying the console is in line with the unveiling of a patent filed earlier this year detailing a device similar to the Wii U gamepad, as reported by Eurogamer.

Whether this means Nintendo is looking to create a version of the Wii U's gamepad, which allowed for remote play on its own touchscreen, with a longer range can only be speculated on for now.

It is unlikely Nintendo will officially talk about the NX until next year.

It's interesting to see that Nintendo does look to still be investing in its own portable gaming enterprises, after this year's expansion into the mobile industry with its deal with DeNA and recent investment into Niantic, the company behind Pokémon Go.


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