6 New Video Game Rumors: Nintendo, What the Hell Is This?

Along with the rest of the country, the video game industry is taking a breather for the holidays. That means very few big games will be released, but it also means you’ll have time to play the barrage of games that launched between October and December. The one thing that hasn’t slowed down is the rumor mill.

This week we have rumors about new hardware, a new game collection, and an intriguing new game from the makers of Bioshock. So read on for all the newest video game rumors that are fit to print.

1. Is this seriously the NX’s controller?

Source: Free Patents Online

Source: Free Patents Online

Nintendo’s latest patent is, to put it bluntly, a weird-looking controller.

Spotted by a NeoGAF user, this device could be the controller for the Wii U’s successor, code named NX, which may be launching as soon as 2016. If it is the NX controller, it’s also possible that it could operate on its own, without a console, as a portable handheld gaming device.

Basically, it’s a controller with two clickable analog sticks, two shoulder buttons, and a giant, touch-capable screen that makes up the entire face of the thing. It looks pretty bizarre, and its lack of face buttons won’t thrill the many gamers put off by touchscreen controls.

Before we start writing pre-emptive obituaries for the NX based on this patent, it’s important to note that electronics companies patent all kinds of hardware they never end up using. This could be a passing thought Nintendo has considered, with technology it wanted to lock down in case it decides to use it later.

But even if Nintendo does use this technology, it could end up looking very different from the drawing above. The key feature of the patent, according to the description, seems to be the big screen and touchpad that make up the face of the controller. Presumably, buttons could be added later (although that may be wishful thinking).

2. Is an Assassin’s Creed Collection in the works?

Source: Ubisoft

Source: Ubisoft

It appears that Ubisoft has registered a domain for Assassin’s Creed Collection. What that is remains unclear, since the collection hasn’t been announced yet. And since there are roughly as many Assassin’s Creed games as there are stars in the sky, it’s impossible to say what games might be included and what platforms it might come to.

While gamers have never been starving for content from this annual series, it would be smart of Ubisoft to bring its previous-generation games to the new consoles. In particular, many fans missed out on last year’s Assassin’s Creed Rogue, because it didn’t come out on current-gen systems.

3. What’s next for the makers of BioShock?

Source: 2K Games

Source: 2K Games

BioShock developer Irrational Games no longer exists by that name (or by any other name, as of now), but what’s left of the company is currently hiring for a couple of positions. If you look at the job postings, details about the company’s upcoming game hint at what’s to come.

Polygon reports:

Among the requirements for the systems designer position is experience with open-world games, with the post citing the Borderlands series and Middle-earth: Shadows of Mordor specifically. This hints at the genre of the studio’s next game, and corresponds with a 2014 article by creative director Ken Levine’s in which he wrote of his respect for the latter title.

Just as notable, especially for fans of Irrational’s previous works, is the requisite that a desirable systems designer has a passion for “narrative first-person shooters.” That description is strikingly reminiscent of the titles in the BioShock franchise, which pair strong storylines with FPS gameplay.

4. Will Cyberpunk 2077 launch in 2016?

Source: CD Projekt Red

Source: CD Projekt Red

According to a source close to Witcher developer CD Projekt Red, the company’s next game, Cyberpunk 2077 could be coming out as early as 2016. That’s what PC Gamer reports, via Gamereactor Germany.

It seems fast, seeing as the massive RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came out in 2015, and the developer probably isn’t big enough to have two massive games in the works at once. That said, Cyberpunk 2077 was first announced back in 2012, so it’s possible the game has been made alongside Witcher 3 and is nearly ready for release.

As a reminder, the source is anonymous, so it’s best to take this one with a large grain of salt.

5. Is Downwell coming to Vita?

Source: Devolver Digital

Source: Devolver Digital

The popular (and highly acclaimed) PC and mobile game Downwell has captured the attention of many gamers since its October release. Now it looks like the game may be heading to the PS Vita — that is, if this tweet from publisher Devolver Digital is any indication. Interestingly, it seems as if the game would require players to hold their Vita in a vertical orientation, rather than the standard horizontal one. With so many fantastic indie games on the Vita platform, Downwell would fit right in.

6. Is Super Mario Galaxy coming to Wii U?

Source: Nintendo

Source: Nintendo

You can already play Wii game discs on Wii U, but the process of doing so isn’t exactly fun. Gamers who want to play Super Mario Galaxy without going through the hassle will be excited to hear that the game is probably coming to the Wii U Virtual Console.

Word comes from a listing on the Electronic Software Rating Board’s website. While this news won’t exactly blow the roof off the video game industry, it’s good to see Nintendo keeping its recent classic games alive in digital format. As for the leak’s validity, it’s almost certainly true. Ratings boards often leak unannounced games, and are generally among the most trustworthy sources.

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