Nintendo 'Fusion' resurfaces, this time in connection with new consoles
22nd Jan 2014 | 22:53
But it seems to just date back to Nintendo's rock n' roll days
A decade ago, Nintendo embarked on a rock tour with bands Evanescence and Finger Eleven to promote GameCube, calling it the Nintendo Fusion Tour. It even registered a domain to go along for the ride.
It seems as if the internet is having a little unofficial reunion thanks to anonymous sources who claim that the parked NintendoFusion.com address is meant to launch the company's next-generation consoles.
The new hardware is said to come in two parts, "Fusion DS" and "Fusion Terminal," according to reporting by fan blog Nintendo News.
Nintendo Wii U has not sold nearly enough since it launched in November 2012 and next-generation rivals Xbox One and PS4 are serving up far-superior specs. 'Fusion' could point to the Big N's next ideas ... or it could just be fans hoping for a bold new move.
There are specs too
The same report that said there's movement in the NintendoFusion domain - which happens from time to time when registrars need updating - claims to have been passed along specs for the consoles as well.
Fusion DS is said to contain an ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 CPU, a custom Adreno 420-based AMD graphics processor and a 3,300mAh Li-Ion battery. Aesthetically, users would see a slide out design and custom swivel tilt hinge.
In these unconfirmed specs, the portable is backward compatible with Nintendo 3DS games thanks to a 3DS card slot.
Fusion Terminal looks more like a next-gen console when stacked against the Wii U given its specs. It's supposed to be a 64-bit, 8-core IBM processor that has 4GB of speedy unified DDR4 SDRAM and 2GB DDR3 RAM.
These specs sound promising for a Wii U successor, but the sourcing is suspect. We're taking it all with some hefty grains of salt.
You have to appreciate the Fusion Terminal console specs using storied Nintendo codenames, though: Jumpman (the original name for Mario) for the processor, Hammer for the co-processor and Kong and Barrel for the two types of memory.
We contacted Nintendo for comment on the Fusion reports and will let you know if anything concrete comes out of these rumors.