Email 8.27.2016: The big question about resolution.

Disclaimer: Everything described or mentioned in this blog post is a rumor or speculation until proven otherwise.


Hi Emily,

I was wondering if you could clarify on the NX touchscreen having a 720p resolution.  I was honestly expecting Nintendo to cheap out on the screen with a 540p resolution.

— Mark H.


Emily Rogers:

That is correct. I heard that the NX’s touchscreen in the prototypes / development kits had 720p resolution. It’s unknown whether the NX’s portable touchscreen can provide better resolutions than 720p. Reminder: Nintendo is trying to balance performance with battery life on this device.

The Wii U supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. The NX is more powerful than what the Wii U can currently offer.

Here’s my guess/theory: Maybe the NX portable’s touchscreen is 720p to increase battery life, but it can *potentially* output at 1080p on the big screen television when connected to the dock? That is just a guess or a theory. I’m not passing this off as a fact, rumor, or insider knowledge. 

When Nvidia released the Shield Portable in 2013, it was a $199 product that offered 1280 x 720 px (294 ppi) resolution. That was three years ago.

And speaking of Nvidia…


Does anyone remember this old NX survey from January 2016? (Source)

– Gameplay flows between NX console and NX handheld device.

– Supports 4k/60 fps video streaming.

– Gameplay graphics at 900p / 60fps

FYI:  The Nvidia Shield, a $200 product, supported 4k video streaming and 4k playback. Eurogamer reported that Nvidia will be powering this portable Nintendo hybrid device.

Wouldn’t it be super hilarious if there was a teeny tiny bit of truth to that old January 2016 survey? I have no idea if NX will support 4k video streaming, but it’s interesting to wonder whether that survey had any accurate information.

Since we’re on the topic of 720p vs 1080, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane with the Wii U. The majority of Wii U games were 720p — not 1080p.

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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild:  720p & 30 FPS  (Source)

Bayonetta 2: 720p & 60 FPS  (Source)

Xenoblade Chronicles X: 720p & 30 FPS  (Source)

Super Mario 3D World: 720p & 60 FPS  (Source)

Mario Kart 8: 720p & 60 FPS  (Source)

Pikmin 3:  720p, outputs in 1080p  (Source)

Splatoon: 720p & 60 FPS  (Source)

Captain Toad:Treasure Tracker:   720p & 60 FPS (Source)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 1080p & 60 FPS  (Source)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze:  720p & 60 FPS (Source)

Nintendo Land:  720p & 60 FPS  (Source)

New Super Mario Bros U:  720p & 60 FPS  (Source)


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