Nintendo has declined to provide more details about its upcoming next-generation console, code-named the NX.
However, a new leak has surfaced that suggested that the console will support cross-platform playing, or “cross-play.”
According to The Tech Times, an Italian publication has published an article claiming that Nintendo is currently developing a new platform that has similar operational capabilities as Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, which are its main competitors.
The leak, which cited an unnamed source that has a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Nintendo, said that the games produced for this new console, thought to be the Nintendo NX, will also be backward-compatible or will be playable in other hardware from the company.
If Nintendo does introduce cross-play support for the NX, it will benefit both new players and the players of Nintendo’s older-generation consoles, Bidness ETC said.
According to the article, there are unconfirmed rumors that Nintendo is slated to release Legend of Zelda and Pikmin 4 to both the current-gen console Nintendo Wii U and the upcoming NX. Failure to introduce backward compatibility or crossplay will only alienate gamers who have invested money into purchasing the Wii U with those new gamers who decide to purchase the NX.
On the other hand, Bidness ETC said, if Nintendo introduces support for cross-platform gaming, it will allow new gamers who enter the market with the NX to be able to experience great games in the Wii U like Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario Kart 8.
The late Satoru Iwata had apparently hinted at cross-platform support when he discussed a new membership service that will tie in with a new hardware system they are developing using a “brand new concept,” which he called the NX.
“[T]he new membership service will include multiple devices and create a connection between Nintendo and each individual consumer regardless of the device the consumer uses,” the late president of Nintendo revealed in an official company statement released earlier this year.