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Rumor: Specs leak for ‘Nintendo Fusion’, Nintendo’s supposed next-gen hardware

Rumor has it that Nintendo aims to re-vitalize its stake in the next-gen market with Nintendo Fusion–a new hardware solution complete with a handheld and a console unit–as specs and purported details have been leaked by an “insider”. Nintendo Characters Amid its faltering presence in the gaming industry, Nintendo sure could use a refresher in the hardware department. The Wii U has performed abysmally for the company, contributing to Nintendo’s third consecutive loss in annual profits, and the company has recently been forced to cut back sales projections by 70%, forgoing $336 million in profit.  It’s clear that Nintendo needs a change, and that the Wii U–despite its innovative functionality–has been a marginal failure. If the rumors can be believed, Nintendo is already developing a new next-gen hardware solution: Nintendo Fusion. According to reports from Nintendo News, an anonymous insider revealed detailed spec sheets on Nintendo’s latest in-development hardware. The insider claims that Nintendo Fusion encompasses two devices, a handheld known as the “Fusion DS” as well as a console unit called “Fusion Terminal”. Below is the “leaked” specs regarding both devices–but keep in mind this is speculative data at best, and to take it with a grain of salt.

Fusion Terminal (Console)

  • GPGPU: Custom Radeon HD RX 200 GPU CODENAME LADY (2816 shaders @ 960 MHz, 4.60 TFLOP/s, Fillrates: 60.6 Gpixel/s, 170 Gtexel/s)
  • CPU: IBM 64-Bit Custom POWER 8-Based IBM 8-Core Processor CODENAME JUMPMAN (2.2 GHz, Shared 6 MB L4 cache)
  • Co-CPU: IBM PowerPC 750-based 1.24 GHz Tri-Core Co-Processor CODENAME HAMMER
  • MEMORY: 4 Gigabytes of Unified DDR4 SDRAM CODENAMED KONG, 2 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz (12.8 GB/s) On Die CODENAMED BARREL
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
  • Bluetooth v4.0 BLE
  • 2 USB 3.0
  • 1 Coaxial Cable Input
  • 1 CableCARD Slot
  • 4 Custom Stream-Interface Nodes up to 4 Wii U GamePads
  • Versions with Disk Drive play Wii U Optical Disk (4 Layers Maximum), FUSION Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) and Nintendo 3DS Card Slot
  • 1 HDMI 2.0 1080p/4K Port
  • Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Inductive Charging Surface for up to 4 FUSION DS or IC-Wii Remote Plus Controllers
  • Two versions: Disk Slot Version with 60 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage and Diskless Version with 300 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage

Fusion DS (Handheld)

  • CPU: ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 GPU: Custom Adreno 420-based AMD GPU
  • COM MEMORY: 3 GB LPDDR3 (2 GB Games, 1 GB OS)
  • 2 130 mm DVGA (960 x 640) Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Slide Out Design with Custom Swivel Tilt Hinge
  • Upper Screen made of Gorilla Glass, Comes with Magnetic Cover
  • Low End Vibration for Gameplay and App Alerts
  • 2 Motorized Circle Pads for Haptic Feedback
  • Thumbprint Security Scanner with Pulse Sensing Feedback
  • 2 1mp Stereoptic Cameras
  • Multi-Array Microphone
  • A, B, X, Y, D-Pad, L, R, 1, 2 Buttons
  • 3 Axis Tuning Fork Gyroscope, 3 Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer
  • NFC Reader
  • 3G Chip with GPS Location
  • Bluetooth v4.0 BLE Command Node used to Interface with Bluetooth Devices such as Cell Phones, Tablets
  • 16 Gigabytes of Internal Flash Storage (Possible Future Unit With 32 Gigabytes)
  • Nintendo 3DS Cart Slot
  • SDHC “Holographic Enhanced” Card Slot up to 128 Gigabyte Limit
  • Mini USB I/O
  • 3300 mAh Li-Ion battery
Despite marginal price cuts, the Wii U continues to falter on the market, diminishing Nintendo's profits.
Despite marginal price cuts, the Wii U continues to falter on the market, diminishing Nintendo’s profits.

While this information may be outlandishly erroneous, it’s been reported that Nintendo has been investing heavily in research and development, which suggests that they may be working on new hardware. Taking a gander at the rumored specs for the Fusion Terminal and Fusion DS, we’ll see that both support 3DS backwards compatibility. On the technical side, 4K compatibility as well as customized CPU and GPU solutions are highlighted, along with their apparent code names for each respective component. These are just the internal specs, though, and we have to wonder what kinds of innovations Nintendo may be planning with the Fusion. Can we expect some sort of VR integration, perhaps? Assuredly we’ll see that unique style that’s attributed to every piece of hardware the company has put out, especially with the Wii U’s gamepad as well as the 3DS’s multi-dimensional capabilities. Furthermore it’s worth noting that the original Nintendo Fusion banner was created for a 2003 rock n’ roll music tour that Nintendo held in order to promote the Gamecube console.

Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata won't give into pressures to make "Mario on mobile", but he acknowledges that Nintendo needs a change.
Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata won’t give into pressures to make “Mario on mobile”, but he acknowledges that Nintendo needs a change.

New hardware with beefy performance and high fidelity visuals may give Nintendo the boost that it needs in order to contend with the current giants of the market, Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. It will be interesting to see what (if anything) Nintendo has to say about these rumors, as well as their announcements in the next coming months. The next few years will be a pivotal point in the gaming industry, with VR technology on the horizon as well as other platforms crowding the traditional living room gaming experience. Nintendo has found itself pressured on all fronts, primarily under-estimating the ever-growing mobile sector, and the company will need to adapt in order to keep up with the market. Nintendo put too much stake in the Wii U, as they are selling every console at a loss–even with the console’s launch price of $349 Nintendo was taking a hit with every sale. Hopefully the past won’t repeat itself with their new hardware solution, whether it’s Nintendo Fusion or some other phantom next-gen system. The Nintendo Fusion rumors as well as the specs contained herein haven’t been officially confirmed and must remain speculation–be sure to remember that these are the claims of an anonymous source and can’t be taken as fact. Via Nintendo News

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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