5 New Video Game Rumors: Nintendo NX Revealed
Like anything popular enough to spark rabid fandom, the video game industry is full of secrets. Companies wait for just the right time to announce new games and hardware in hopes of making the biggest splash possible. Fans, for their part, want to know everything that’s coming down the line as soon as possible. In that kind of environment, video game leaks and rumors are bound to trickle out.
This week we’ve uncovered five rumors and leaks that have a good chance of being true. So follow along as we try to suss out which ones are most likely to be true.
1. The Nintendo NX revealed?
We’ve seen loads of rumors about what Nintendo’s next game console will be, but few of them have come from reliable sources. This week Eurogamer, a site that’s as reliable as they come, seems to have blown the lid off the thing.
According to the leak, Nintendo’s next console, codenamed NX, will be a portable gaming device that you can play anywhere, but it will also connect to your TV when you’re at home. To play games on your TV, you’ll detach a controller from the NX and plug the core unit into a docking station connected to your TV.
If true, this is a big shift for Nintendo. For the past few decades, the company has maintained separate devices to play at home and on the go. The NX will combine them into a single product.
As for power, Eurogamer says it will outshine the Wii U, but be less powerful than the current PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. To get an idea of how powerful it is, watch the trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the only game Nintendo has announced so far for the device. The NX will be able to push graphics at least as good as that. Not too shabby, especially for a handheld device.
2. What is Metal Gear Solid V: Definitive Ex?
Last week Amazon U.K. briefly listed a game called Metal Gear Solid V: Definitive EX, with a placeholder release date of December 31, 2016. The listing has been removed, but it’s possible — even likely — that this version of the game is in the works. We just need Konami to announce it.
The question is, what is it? In all likelihood, it’s a definitive edition of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. If so, it will presumably come with the prologue Ground Zeroes and all additional weapons and character DLC released so far for the game.
3. What is Destiny: The Collection?
Twitter user Lifelower noticed that Amazon U.K. put up a listing for something called Destiny: The Collection, which was slated for release on August 18. Developer Bungie hasn’t announced this version of the game, but with the upcoming Rise of Iron DLC scheduled to launch September 20, it’s likely a new collection is in the works.
It would probably include the game with all DLC released so far, along with a code to download Rise of Iron when that launches. If it launches in August, it would give newcomers a month to get caught up and ready for the new content.
If that’s the case, it would also probably be the final version of Destiny to be released. Rumor has it that Rise of Iron is the final DLC for the original game, and Destiny 2 will launch in 2017.
4. Is Ape Escape 2 finally heading to PS4?
Last year, the European video game rating board listed the PlayStation 2 game Ape Escape 2 as being rated for release on PlayStation 4. We haven’t heard anything else about it until now. The evidence comes in the form of trophy information the site Exophase has scraped from Sony’s servers. Generally, when trophies show up for a game, a release isn’t far behind. This one will be a long time coming.
5. Is Volgarr the Viking heading to PS4 and Vita soon?
Twitter user Wario64 noticed the European game ratings board has rated Volgarr the Viking for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. The developer hasn’t said much about it, but if it’s been rated, you may be able to play it soon.
Volgarr the Viking is a deviously challenging side-scroller that harkens back to the days of ‘90s arcade games. You play as a warrior who goes up against all manner of pixelated enemies that can kill you in just a hit or two. The game has been out for a while on Xbox One, but I have yet to beat the first level despite many, many attempts. You might fare better, if that sounds like your kind of game.