Nintendo NX To Support AR, Android, Wii And GameCube Games; New Titles Revealed

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The developer working on Nintendo NX wants to incorporate Augmented Reality to the gaming console. YouTube/Kevin Kenson

Nintendo NX is slated for a March 2017 release, but as early as now the Japanese electronics company’s upcoming gaming console is getting a lot of attention online, with numerous rumors and speculations pointing at its possible gaming support.

Though nothing has been confirmed yet, many sources are claiming that the NX will be a unique console because of its Nvidia Pascal-powered Tegra processor, reported Forbes

The processor is said to ensure that the console will boast of impressive gaming performance when it hits stores early next year. Given that Nvidia is used as a processing unit for Android devices, it will not be surprising if the new console will have support for Android games.

On the other hand, there are also sources that are hinting at the possibility of the Nintendo NX having backward compatibility with Wii and GameCube games.

The console is rumored to come with an emulator, so that players can enjoy the games designed and originally intended for older Nintendo consoles, according to Yahoo! Tech.

This claim is supported by Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry’s hands-on experience with the Dolphin emulator for the Nvidia Shield, running “Super Mario Sunshine” and “Mario Kart: Double Dash” at adjusted frame rates and improved display quality.

Meanwhile, there are also reports stating that the Nintendo NX will have support for smartphone games and Nintendo’s gaming cartridges, but what caught ValueWalk’s attention the most is the speculation that Nintendo is designing the NX with augmented reality in mind. 

Early this year, Japanese firm Macquarie Capital Securities stated that the Nintendo NX will most probably have support for AR. This is backed by the statements of several gaming developers that they are looking into producing augmented reality games following the success of Niantic’s “Pokemon Go.”

“As you can imagine, we are energized by the success of Pokemon Go. We have tremendously strong brands that are unbelievably social in nature where we believe that participation at the community level through AR will heighten that experience,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said. 

For gamers who are excited to purchase the Nintendo NX upon launch, they will have many titles to choose from to play on the gaming console.

For example, Ubisoft has already confirmed that it is developing a “Just Dance” game for the NX. Other titles already confirmed for the upcoming Nintendo console are “The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild,” “Project Sonic,” “Dragon Quest XI” and “Pikmin 4,” among others, according to Eurogamer.

In addition, the Nintendo NX is also expected to have support for games like “Miitomo,” “Fire Emblem,” “Animal Crossing,” “Super Mario Maker” and “Splatoon.”

What do you think?