Zelda filing confirms Nintendo console cartridge rumours

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  • Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016

A trademark filing for March 2017 game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild confirms one of several key rumours about Nintendo's NX console, set for release the same month. 

First surfaced in May and now gathering momentum again after a renewed round of interest online (via AllGamesDelta), a US trademark filing for Zelda: Breath of the Wild differs from those for Nintendo's established home consoles. 

Filings for Nintendo Wii U home console games specify their format as being game discs and optical discs, while those for the portable Nintendo 3DS relate to cartridges, memory cards, and combinations of the two descriptors. 

In contrast, the filing for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild relates to both discs and cartridges. 

The game has been announced for both Wii U and the in-development NX and, as official information on the NX has been scarce (save for its March 2017 release), any suggestion of detail tends to be seized upon. 

As part of its rumour report on the atypical form factor of the NX, Eurogamer in July had also relayed that the "NX will use game cartridges as its choice of physical media," according to multiple sources. 

Elaborating on the notion that the NX would hybridise portable and home console technology, it said the new Nintendo would take the form of a touchscreen tablet with detachable controllers. 

It could load games from cartridges, like the current 3DS (and, historically, the vast majority of handheld consoles), and could connect to bigger TVs, via an intermediary device, where desirable. 

The publication had also predicted an official reveal of the NX in September, and interest at this time is especially high due to a potential overlap with the Tokyo Game Show, one of the world's largest videogame expos, taking place on the Japanese console manufacturer's home territory. 

While TGS 2016 runs Sept 15-18, Nintendo has chosen not to attend in recent years. 

However, TGS has still proven a convenient focal point, and there are other significant hardware announcements – such as the Nintendo 3DS's own launch schedule, issued September 2010 – which have been timed to coincide with the annual games convention. — AFP Relaxnews

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