It appears that the Nintendo’s latest console, codenamed the NX may finally be named as Nintendo Duo at retail if the latest rumour surrounding the yet to be announced console is to be believed.
According to an image posted on Japanese forum 2Chan which allegedly stems from a software partner briefing, the device will be called the Nintendo Duo.
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This could make sense considering that past reports have suggested it would be a console and handheld hybrid. Nonetheless, 2Chan’s track record has been on the inconsistent side. But with an NX announcement in the offing, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.
Earlier in the week information on the NX’s price, features, and specifications found their way onto Reddit. For one, the games will be on cartridges. No surprise considering several sources have already confirmed this. 4K streaming for Netflix along with 1080p and 60fps for gaming have been talked about.
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“4k streaming has been mentioned. - What this likely means is playback of content such as Netflix, etc. Not gameplay,” the post reads. “1080p and 60fps are being used by the marketing teams in relation to gameplay on to the console portion. I've heard unconfirmed rumblings of 900p for the infamous hybrid part of the device.” ￼
Furthermore, the post claims that price points of $299.99 (around Rs. 20,000) and $399.99 (roughly Rs. 27,000) will be present. The base price being the former and a bundle price being the latter. What comes in the bundle is at this point of time unknown.
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It seems that the console will launch with four games, and a strong co-branding effort with a Mario launch title. Further alluding to the possibility of it being a handheld console (as if we didn’t need yet another confirmation) is the phrase “Interact with your game on the go” being seen on marketing materials.
Although some of this would be in line with what’s been leaked in the past, we’d still recommend you take this with a grain of salt. Reason being, while the moderators on the NX subreddit have taken utmost care in confirming the source’s identity and veracity of information, in an age where elaborate 3D-printed controller hoaxes are rife, it’s always best to temper expectations.
Nonetheless, hopefully Nintendo decides to launch the NX or whatever its final name is in India. But if past experiences are to be believed, that seems unlikely.