It seems as if we’re nonetheless getting access to a treasure trove of knowledge that was gleaned from the huge Nintendo “gigaleak” that sprung again in July. The leak clued us into canceled Nintendo sport initiatives, hidden characters, and different oddities all through the Japanese gaming big’s lengthy historical past. The most recent nugget of information that apparently comes from the gigaleak entails a hybrid model of the favored GameCube sport console.
As a lot of the gaming neighborhood already is aware of, the GameCube featured a settop-only form-factor, however Nintendo execs and engineers reportedly needed to develop a model that took on a hybrid form-factor. In essence, it could have been the daddy to in the present day’s customary Nintendo Switch, which may dock with an HDTV, or be used on-the-go.
The dock had GC controller ports, SD card / GC Reminiscence Card slot, AV out, after which non-compulsory TV tuner + MPEG4 Encoder and wi-fi stuff. pic.twitter.com/FW5848Wdy0
— LuigiBlood (@LuigiBlood) September 2, 2020
Leaked plans for the console reveal a dock that will have plugged into your tv together with ports for GameCube controllers, reminiscence playing cards, and even an SD slot (for expanded storage) and an non-compulsory TV tuner. What’s unclear, nevertheless, is how the “moveable” configuration of the console would seem like. There’s no point out of the show, built-in controls or battery. Maybe we don’t have these particulars as a result of it doesn’t seem that issues progressed a lot additional than the initially planning part for this hybrid.
One other fascinating growth, as found by resourceful of us on reddit, is that Nintendo additionally considered developing a GameCube HD with improved efficiency thank to a partnership with ATI (which AMD purchased many moons in the past). This sport console reportedly would have been highly effective sufficient to go toe-to-toe with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with respect to efficiency, and would have launched in the course of the Vacation 2005 season.
However as everyone knows, this GameCube HD by no means noticed the sunshine of day, and Nintendo as an alternative launched the Wii, which whereas underpowered in comparison with its up to date friends, grew to become a smash hit partly resulting from its revolutionary movement controls and addictive video games (who would have thought that the pack-in Wii Sports might have been a lot enjoyable).
Keep tuned as we proceed to report on the newest developments from Nintendo’s gigaleak.