New Nintendo NX Leak Suggests x86 Architecture and Social Features

By   /   Apr 4, 2016
Nintendo NX Backwards Compatibility

Redd user “untypedhero” put out a new Nintendo NX leak on the Nintendo NX subreddit earlier today, revealing some more details about Nintendo’s upcoming current-gen console.

Untypedhero has already been verified as a trusted source by the subreddit’s mods, and Untyped trusts the sources that he received the information from second-hand. The information isn’t much, but what it can reveal is pretty important:

x86 architecture.
Backup data to Nintendo server (most likely My Nintendo).
Support for additional screen.
Can handle ports of current-gen games.
Will be able to interact with smartdevice apps.
Using NX software will unlock My Nintendo reward points.

From what we can tell, according to the Nintendo NX leak, the console will be able to run games on a backwards compatibility system (hence the x86 architecture, used for backwards compatibility based on Intel CPUs). This, along with being able to handle current-gen game ports, will likely give the NX a wider variety of games to play when it releases.

The NX being able to handle smartdevice apps also mimics the various apps that allow smartphones to interface with consoles such as the Playstation 4 and Xbox One through the PS4 and SmartGlass apps, respectively, which can help players interact with their consoles even on the go (say, possibly, by buying a game and ordering it to download while they’re at work or out of the house).

My Nintendo, Nintendo’s social media app that was released just a few days ago in North America (and on March 16 in Japan) also promises a way for loyal Nintendo fans to get what they believe they deserve, allowing them to gain various rewards such as digital content and discounts on their own consoles.

We don’t know much about what the Nintendo NX will look like (and even a so-called “leaked” controller turned out to be a hoax) but hopefully with everything we’re finding out, Nintendo will have a good moneymaker on their hands.

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