Published on January 26th, 2014 | by David Dakota

Rumour control – new Nintendo hardware

After some pretty dismal financials rumours have started to swirl of new Nintendo hardware call Fusion DS and Fusion Terminal. We recommend you file these as nonsense at this stage.

If you’ve not had chance to catch up, here’s a rundown:

Fusion DS would be a portable device powered by an ARMv8-CortexA-53 and a custom built Adreno 420-based graphics processor. By our reckoning that puts it closer to PS Vita than 3DS. Fusion Terminal would be a home console would see a significant upgrade against Wii U – powered by a 64-bit, 8-core IBM processor with 4Gb of DDR4 SDRAM and 2Gb of DDR3 RAM. Those specifications feel like a proper ‘next gen’ machine to us.

The rumours suggest both are part of a unified console, capable of being played at home on the big screen and out-and-about as a portable. That’s an idea we think Nintendo are probably working on – an idea that’s somewhat supported by recent restructuring within Nintendo which has led to handheld and home console R&D teams being integrated.

But do we think these rumours are true? Not at all, we think it’s speculation gaining some internet traction. 3DS is doing well (even if it’s missed some pretty lofty targets), and while Wii U is under-performing we think Nintendo will hang on with Wii U for some time yet.

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