There are a lot of rumors about Nintendo's NX drifting around at this juncture, and admittedly, they're all kind of exciting to follow. We currently know next to nothing about the follow-up to the Wii U, so pretty much anything goes. Will the NX really launch with a killer line-up? Will it actually use cartridges? Who knows! We may as well all sit in a circle and tweet our theories at one another, because Nintendo isn't talking about the NX.
But one recent rumor is probably not as clear-cut as it appears. It involves the "news" that Nintendo is supposedly working on a new dedicated handheld system code-named the MH.
The MH surfaced in a report published earlier this morning on the DHZ Financial Research's Trader's Web site. The report is in Japanese, but Twitter user BlackKite offered a translation via TwitLonger.
The report primarily outlines Nintendo's strategies for the coming years and emphasizes the company's intention to focus on mobile games, the NX, and " next generation portable game console MH (Tentative title)."
Understandably, Nintendo fans are in a stir. There's been so much talk about the NX being a hybrid system (meaning that the NX might have a handheld component / second screen similar to the Wii U's gamepad, but capable of acting independently of the console) that it's difficult to imagine Nintendo is actually working on a direct successor to the Nintendo 3DS. Still, handheld systems have been Nintendo's mana for decades. Would the company padlock its handheld legacy and embrace hybridization so easily?
As always, the answer with all things concerning Nintendo is "nobody knows." But it's important to remember that game industry analysis and investment publications are a jargon-filled animal that's ill-understood by most of us.
That's why industry consultant and economics PhD Dr Serkan Toto addressed the MH rumors on his Twitter feed. The news about the handheld, he said, is more of a "What If" for investors than a sure thing from Nintendo.
"That Morgan Stanley Japan note on Nintendo does NOT mean a portable console or the name 'MH' is confirmed. They are picturing a scenario," he tweeted. " Such 'rich' forward-looking analysis and also the wording is standard in investor notes. I know because I read *tons* of them ;)"
"So, no handheld codenamed MH exists?" A user named MrCafecito tweeted at Dr Toto.
"Correct," Dr Toto responded.
Though it's disheartening to think we might be entering an era where Nintendo's handhelds are no longer sold under separate SKUs, a hybrid NX console just makes more sense than another generation of separate machines. Technology is condensing and unifying.
All that said, was the MH really engineered exclusively for the investors' report, or is there something more to the initials? Maybe "MH" marks some detachable component for the NX that's supposed to play a major role in the supposed hybrid nature of the mysterious system.
Impossible to say at this point. For now, it's back to waiting for the NX reveal event.