Whilst a few of us here at Geek Power show particular allegiances to the Microsoft and Sony offerings currently spearheading this generation of consoles, one particular casualty of this generation’s movement into the cutting edge has been Nintendo, who have tried to innovate a number of times by ‘being different’. As someone with a particular fondness for all things Nintendo, it’s quite sad to see how far behind they really are now technologically.
First they came out with the Wii, (about as powerful as a PS2) which made waggling and broken TV’s quite popular, then the 3DS, which is a dual screened evolution of the DS , with a stereoscopic top screen, only just perfected with the revised New 3DS model this year and now most recently we have the Wii U, (about as powerful as an Xbox 360) which has taken the dual screen concept of the DS and basically created a streaming tablet/controller hybrid that acts as a second screen.
Whist they’ve hit the jackpot with the original Wii despite many occurrences of Wii-itis and the 3DS, which is still ruling the handheld console market, they’ve taken a serious mis-step with the Wii U which Nintendo have recently blamed on it’s high starting price, and the confusion between the Wii and Wii U, which many believe are the same thing, or incremental upgrades. It is actually performing worse than the GameCube, which was largely considered a flop, having sold a mere 22 Million consoles in its lifetime.
Today, a large rumour has been perpetuating around the interwebs mainly concerning clues to the possible development of a new Diddy Kong Racing sequel, but more interestingly, clues to the new Nintendo NX gaming system. The rumour was started by industry insider Kevin Callahan who has mentioned his reasonings behind the case for Diddy Kong Racing 2, where Nintendo have recently trademarked the name ‘Diddy Kong’ in Europe within the last couple of weeks.
He goes on further to explain that development of the game has moved on from the Wii U to the NX system, which is due to retail for $149.99, (probably around £119 for us) mainly because they want to avoid the mistake of releasing an expensive console that puts it out of reach of their target market (like the Wii U) and to further distance themselves from the PS4 and Xbox One intentionally. In regards to the specs, he insinuates that it is essentially like a Wii U, with higher memory bandwidth and a more balanced CPU.
As always, you should take these kinds of rumours with a pinch of salt, however I’d be more inclined to use the whole shaker in this instance.
What do you think about this? Are you interested in a new Diddy Kong Racing game, or a better, cheaper Nintendo system? Voice your comments below!
Source: Kevin Callahan