“Nintendo Fusion” Could Be Nintendo’s Next-Gen Hardware

“Nintendo Fusion” Could Be Nintendo’s Next-Gen Hardware

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Nintendo Fusion isn’t just an arbitrary name with no meaning.

We have just received an anonymous tip from one of our very reputable sources regarding possible information related to Nintendo’s next-generation hardware; for both its home and portable consoles.

First of all, if this is your first time on Nintendo News, I want to personally make it clear that we have an impeccable reputation when it comes to delivering information that’s credible and newsworthy. Secondly, thank you for taking the time to read what we offer. Third, and most important, none of the information is 100% guaranteed. Then again, nothing in life is either. Please use caution when viewing the below information, especially with regard to the technical specifications. Let’s have a look at the information we have received.

Perhaps the most important question is, “what is Nintendo working on”? As many may already be aware, Nintendo is already fast at work on their next set of home and portable hardware. Nintendo, in particular, seem to work on succeeding hardware anywhere from six months to two years after their current generation lineup is released on the market. What we know is that “Nintendo Fusion” is a possible name that Nintendo is using for their next-gen hardware.

On Thursday, May 29th, 2003, Nintendo of America Inc. purchased the domain name nintendofusion.com. They purchased the domain from the same Melbourne, Australia-based registrar they use for all of their other official domain names: Melbourne IT Ltd. At precisely 12:17 p.m. GMT on January 21st (just about an hour and a half ago), the WHOIS database record for nintendofusion.com was updated.

You can see all of the aforementioned information related to nintendofusion.com right here. Alternatively, we’ve listed it below for you.

Domain Name: nintendofusion.com
Registry Domain ID: 98528369_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.melbourneit.com
Registrar URL: http://www.melbourneit.com.au
Updated Date: 2013-04-02T09:18:58Z
Creation Date: 2003-05-29T19:33:46Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2014-05-30T05:33:46Z
Registrar: Melbourne IT Ltd
Registrant Name: Nintendo of America Inc.
Registrant Organization: Nintendo of America Inc.
Registrant Street: 4820 150th Avenue NE
Registrant City: Redmond
Registrant State/Province: WA
Registrant Postal Code: 98052
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4258822040
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.4258823585
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: webmaster@nintendo.com
Last update of WHOIS database: 2014-01-21T12:17:01Z

NOTE: nintendofusion.com was originally purchased because of the Nintendo Fusion Tour — a touring rock music and video game festival sponsored by Nintendo of America. The tour began in 2003, which explains the date of the domain name purchase. This may, or may not be, related to the tipped information below regarding Nintendo’s possible hardware. Additionally, the Nintendo Fusion Tour was last active in 2006.

Now, onto the other stuff.

The following information comes from our source, of whom which has provided us with possible hardware specifications related to Nintendo’s new hardware systems, said to be named “Fusion DS” and “Fusion Terminal,” respectively. I want to reiterate that everything below may not be guaranteed so please take that into consideration when viewing the information.

Nintendo Fusion DS

  • CPU: ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 GPU: Custom Adreno 420-based AMD GPU
  • COM MEMORY: 3 GB LPDDR3 (2 GB Games, 1 GB OS)
  • 2 130 mm DVGA (960 x 640) Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Slide Out Design with Custom Swivel Tilt Hinge
  • Upper Screen made of Gorilla Glass, Comes with Magnetic Cover
  • Low End Vibration for Gameplay and App Alerts
  • 2 Motorized Circle Pads for Haptic Feedback
  • Thumbprint Security Scanner with Pulse Sensing Feedback
  • 2 1mp Stereoptic Cameras
  • Multi-Array Microphone
  • A, B, X, Y, D-Pad, L, R, 1, 2 Buttons
  • 3 Axis Tuning Fork Gyroscope, 3 Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer
  • NFC Reader
  • 3G Chip with GPS Location
  • Bluetooth v4.0 BLE Command Node used to Interface with Bluetooth Devices such as Cell Phones, Tablets
  • 16 Gigabytes of Internal Flash Storage (Possible Future Unit With 32 Gigabytes)
  • Nintendo 3DS Cart Slot
  • SDHC “Holographic Enhanced” Card Slot up to 128 Gigabyte Limit
  • Mini USB I/O
  • 3300 mAh Li-Ion battery

Nintendo Fusion Terminal

  • GPGPU: Custom Radeon HD RX 200 GPU CODENAME LADY (2816 shaders @ 960 MHz, 4.60 TFLOP/s, Fillrates: 60.6 Gpixel/s, 170 Gtexel/s)
  • CPU: IBM 64-Bit Custom POWER 8-Based IBM 8-Core Processor CODENAME JUMPMAN (2.2 GHz, Shared 6 MB L4 cache)
  • Co-CPU: IBM PowerPC 750-based 1.24 GHz Tri-Core Co-Processor CODENAME HAMMER
  • MEMORY: 4 Gigabytes of Unified DDR4 SDRAM CODENAMED KONG, 2 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz (12.8 GB/s) On Die CODENAMED BARREL
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
  • Bluetooth v4.0 BLE
  • 2 USB 3.0
  • 1 Coaxial Cable Input
  • 1 CableCARD Slot
  • 4 Custom Stream-Interface Nodes up to 4 Wii U GamePads
  • Versions with Disk Drive play Wii U Optical Disk (4 Layers Maximum), FUSION Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) and Nintendo 3DS Card Slot
  • 1 HDMI 2.0 1080p/4K Port
  • Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Inductive Charging Surface for up to 4 FUSION DS or IC-Wii Remote Plus Controllers
  • Two versions: Disk Slot Version with 60 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage and Diskless Version with 300 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage

So, until Nintendo officially reveals their next-gen hardware lineup, don’t get too carried away with what we have presented in this article. The domain name, and information provided for the domain name, is entirely real. The hardware name and technical hardware specifications, along with some questionable code names, is another story.


  1. Hello, everyone.

    Due to hateful, threatening, and rude replies, comments for this article are now closed.

    Additionally, there seems to be another website (http://gaminrealm.com/) who adamantly claims to have published the information prior to us, stating that the product specifications data originated from their website. I am investigating the matter and will attempt to contact our source, whom of which provided us with the information via email, for additional sourcing details and verification.

    If evidence concludes that information was, indeed, published on said website prior to us, appropriate citing will be sourced in the article.

    I apologize for any inconvenience.

  2. “SDHC “Holographic Enhanced” Card Slot up to 128 Gigabyte Limit”

    And that’s how you know it’s bullshit. SDXC already supports up to 2TB.

  3. First off, I will just quickly mention that gaminrealm.com uses an image of a mock up of Project Cafe when Wii U was first mentioned in 2011 (fan made mock up) – gaminrealm doesn’t even mention that (I’ve been seeing comments from people saying how it looks silly, or they like the colour scheme etc, when the mock up is completely and utterly fake).

    Anyways, while the specs are nice there are certain points that raise a red flag:
    – 3G – doubt it
    – GPS – why? so people can stalk each other?
    – coax – seems US-centric
    – thumbprint scanner – whatever for!
    – cableCARD (had to look this up LOL) – I doubt this too, makes it too US-centric again. I don’t believe cableCARDs are used in Australia or Europe (which would make it a pointless addition to the console). Heck they haven’t even activated TVii in Europe and the chance of TVii starting in Australia is close to zero.
    – I also don’t think it will be capacitive touch screen – doesn’t capacitive have a lag to it? Resistive is meant to be more responsive and quicker (apart from cheaper).
    – I also have a feeling Nintendo may not do the multi console option either (eg basic and premium). It may just be the one type console.

    While the CPU/GPU and RAM specs are possibly a reality (and hopefully they use something like that for the next system), I can’t see this happening any time soon! At least not for another 2 years minimum.

    The DS system on the other hand, that’s possible. Maybe something for next year? (that would make 3DS 4 years).

    This just feels like someone’s glorified wish list.

  4. […] NintendoNews.com claims to have received specs for the so-called Nintendo Fusion, and it appears as if the new system will replace both the Wii U and 3DS. The rumored console will reportedly allow for the portable and console aspects to work in tandem–presumably akin to how the GamePad currently interacts with the Wii U. The site seems confident about the tip, but the timing alone seems way too good to be true. […]

  5. There is absolutely no way that Nintendo could produce a console/handeld with those specs and keep it cool much less sell it at an affordable price. A system with specs like that would cost at minimum $700.

    The Amd R9 290 runs at temps that almost reach boiling point. Dont get me wrong a system with these specs would be amazing. I just dont think its feasable at a realistic price point. It would also draw a ton of power from the wall and it would almost be impossible to manufacture on a single chip.

  6. I’m gonna go ahead and comment here just so I can come find this article when the next generation Nintendo unit comes out.

  7. […] NintendoNews.com claims to have received specs for the so-called Nintendo Fusion, and it appears as if the new system will replace both the Wii U and 3DS. The rumored console will reportedly allow for the portable and console aspects to work in tandem–presumably akin to how the GamePad currently interacts with the Wii U. The site seems confident about the tip, but the timing alone seems way too good to be true. […]

  8. […] NintendoNews reports that a “very reputable source” gave them information about another “next-gen” console from Nintendo, code named, Fusion. In 2003, Nintendo purchased the domain nintendofusion.com. Nintendo Fusion is rumored to be made for both “home and portable,” with the two part being called the “Fusion Terminal” and “Fusion DS” respectively. The two pieces of hardware are listed with some pretty good specs that would make the Nintendo Fusion a great competitor against the Xbox One and Playstation 4. The full list of specs can be seen on the article at NintendoNews. […]

  9. You have to be a complete fool to believe this “credible” rumor is of any relevance. Even more so if you think Iwata is such a fool to abandon Wii U this early.

    IF this is anything more than some fanboy’s ramblings, it could be inside info on Nintendo’s next gen “dream” system, which won’t come out in less than 4-5 years from now. And even then, it’s too early to solidify any design, due to tech prices and all that.

    You guys really need to calm down a little bit. Nintendo are masters of the trade, they wouldn’t do something as stupid as releasing a $1000 console when a $250 one is failing.

  10. If this is true, then PLEASE, Nintendo wait a few years at least. The 3DS still has a long life cycle ahead of it and my Wii U is great, and you’d be letting down a lot of people by discontinuing sales. On the other hand, if the Fusion is to break into other markets (maybe computers) I’d be down for that. OR if the Fusion was an upgrade you could buy for your Wii U allowing it to play DVDs or Bluray and maybe adding in a bit of extra ram. Regardless, I’m broke. So I don’t want a new Nintendo console for a few years because I bought a Wii U and a 3DS when they were new and I don’t want to have to replace them for another 5 years.

  11. […] NintendoNews.com claims to have received specs for the so-called Nintendo Fusion, and it appears as if the new system will replace both the Wii U and 3DS. The rumored console will reportedly allow for the portable and console aspects to work in tandem–presumably akin to how the GamePad currently interacts with the Wii U. The site seems confident about the tip, but the timing alone seems way too good to be true. […]

  12. […] NintendoNews.com claims to have received specs for the so-called Nintendo Fusion, and it appears as if the new system will replace both the Wii U and 3DS. The rumored console will reportedly allow for the portable and console aspects to work in tandem–presumably akin to how the GamePad currently interacts with the Wii U. The site seems confident about the tip, but the timing alone seems way too good to be true. […]

  13. This system would be as powerful as an xbox one and ps4 combined. A four teraflop machine is over twice as powerful as ps4, and has more cudas then both the xbox one and ps4 graphics cards. If this were true, I’d pay $500 for it. I would hope that they announce it this year. I already bought a Wii U, but have been disappointed and am ready to get an Xbox One, but I’d pick this up instead.

  14. This naturally is just a rumour. Perhaps even spewed out by someone associated with Sony or Microsoft. Why would Nintendo let slip details of a new console at this stage? Some might argue it’s to dilute the news about their abysmal forecast change but, in all honesty. that would just be a dumb business move. It would further make people see no reason in purchasing a Wii U.
    With the upcoming games (Mario Kart, Smash Bros); Nintendo will be back on track. They do not need a “Nintendo Fusion” to defuse the pressure. Also, if they were so keen on handheld to TV, why don’t they just do something with the Wii U and 3DS? Miyamoto mentioned it before, Sakurai is implementing it in Smash Bros: they could render it somehow. Or release a new member of the 3DS family. But a Fusion does not make sense. It’s just someone who saw a registered domain name, thought it sounded cool and made up random specs. And the next-generation (i.e. after 3DS family) Nintendo portable is probably not going to be called a DS. It is probably going to be a phone or a tablet. All the clues point to it. A tablet/phone with gaming buttons and decent games: Nintendo could send a blue shell all the way to Cupertino.

    • Hello, Shokio.

      I am sorry you feel as if we gathered the information from external online sources. We do receive information from our sources from time to time, however. And, we always cite appropriately.

      • I apologize for the malice, let me calm down.

        But this article was put immediately after GaminRealm’s, and you even have the information copied and pasted in the exact same order as the original article. Not a single thing is altered – everything is laid out and written exactly the same.

        You can’t blame anyone for thinking you’re not crediting the original breaker of the story, the articles are exactly the same and one came out immediately after the other.

        • Hi, Shokio. Thank you for your apology. It’s not needed, but I appreciate it. We received the information from one of our sources. I’m really not sure what else to say at this time.

          • Has your source said if this is a console that will come out soon in order to repair the damage of the wii u or is it just the normal console dev cycle?

          • Most journalists put up an edit of the article citing the actual author once they find out that they’ve been scammed (assuming you didn’t blatantly plagiarize) by their “very reputable source”. But since this rumor is absurdly fake, I wouldn’t bother either.

  15. Something was similar was mentioned a week or so ago (for Pokemon + and -), and it said ‘terminal’ in that leak too.

  16. I wonder if this is true and if it does come out soon, would Nintendo offer some kind of turn-in service like if you have a wii u they’d offer a hundred or 200 off of the the fusion terminal?

  17. “anonymous tip from one of our very reputable sources” – stole it from a random forum poster dreaming of the fanciest Nintendo system ever. All these parts are way too expensive for Nintendo. HVD? Gorilla glass? Ya, right! Co-ax cable input? Uh-wha?

  18. I knew the WiiU was going to fail, and yet I have one. I saw that PS4 and Xbox One would come and the specs for the WiiU just spelled doom. Its a shame.

    That said, I would be more than willing to upgrade, BUT I have 2 questions. 1: Will it support Wii and WiiU Backwards Compatability? 2: Will my Eshop purchases Carry Over?

    If its “Yes” to both, count me in. I’ll get one.

    • Well with these rumored specs there are obvious parts that are for backwards compatibility with the wii u not to mention the support for 4 wii u gamepads (!!!!!).

      • I think so too.

        If they release a console in 2-3 years from now a lot of people will get “upset” about the need to upgrade and by that time the Wii U will have a pretty wide variety of games. So how do you attract potential buyers into spending on a new console so “soon”? You allow him/her to play all the games he/she already has for the Wii U.

        Btw I’m regarding this as a rumor, but if true and if Nintendo is planning on releasing a new console relatively soon, their best bet would be to make it backward compatible. Although I hope they listen to 1st and 3rd party devs when deciding what’ll go into the next console.

        And if someone from Nintendo is reading this – MARKETING! Hire some new marketing people … scratch that, make an entire new division (or two) just for marketing. Seriously! People I know still consider the gamepad as a Wii accessory.

    • Since they would still use the Power7 CPU together with the new Power8 then yes most likely. It will be a shame NOT to include BC.

  19. Didn’t notice the cablecard slot. If all this is true, this thing will be a beast. I wonder if this was part of their master plan….?? MUAHAHAHAA

  20. CPU: IBM 64-Bit Custom POWER 8-Based IBM 8-Core Processor

    This would blow ps4 and many other cpu’s out of the water.

    • It would also suck because it’s still an IBM PowerPC CPU, the same CPU architecture that Nintendo has been using since the Gamecube. I see no reason why Nintendo would continue using PowerPC and not x86 other than backwards compatibility. If Nintendo wanted to satisfy developers and users, they would switch to x86 — It would be easier to do decent quality ports between competing consoles and the PC, and would be easier to develop for from what I’ve heard.

      • Backwards compatibility.
        “Co-CPU: IBM PowerPC 750-based 1.24 GHz Tri-Core Co-Processor CODENAME HAMMER” – it’ll also be very hard to integrate a different CPU together with the Power8 since they need to share similar architectures within the die.

      • Well, if they were gonna announce a new console soon I’d hope to god that it plays Wii U games. I mean there still a Smash Bros. and Zelda in development for the damn thing.

  21. […] Nintendo News reports that one of its “very reputable sources” has the inside scoop on what Nintendo is cooking up at its Kyoto HQ. The rumor states that the next hardware cycle out of Nintendo will be a home console/handheld combo going by the codename “Fusion.” The name implies that the two will work together with the handheld acting as a controller for the home console. […]

  22. Sorry guys, but everything I see here simply points to it being someone’s internet wishlist.

    I’m skeptical just due to the fact it’s listed as having a 3G connection in it. I can’t see Nintendo releasing a 3G device when even Sony pulled the 3G VITA after not being able to sell many of them. Plus, Gorilla glass? Slide out and swivel design? Capacitive touchscreen? Biometric fingerprint scanner? The cost and design on that handheld seems very non-Nintendo.

    Basically, it reads like someone took some cell phone specs, added buttons and a 3DS card slot to it, and called it a day.

    As for the console, the pricing on HVDs alone, both the drive and discs should clue you in that these are fake. Furthermore, isn’t CableCard strictly in use in the US? Why would a Japanese company put US Cable TV, standards in their console?

  23. There isn’t a chance in hell for some of those things, like the fingerprint scanner, 3g, the motorized nubs, and this would cost more than a 3ds and a wii together. Nice fantasy though

    • Right now? Absolutely, especially considering the ddr4 .

      But in 2 or 3 years time, with the advent of 10nm manufacturing … well, it could be possible to get a console with some if not all of the specs listed at reasonable price point.

  24. Yeah, I don’t believe this for a second. It’s way to specific and has a lot of questionable content for being several years out. Plus a coaxial input? Really?

    • The coaxial cable makes sense if you also note that is has a cablecard slot, meaning it can completely replace your cable/tv provider box.

  25. If this is real, I don’t imagine it will come to fruition for at least three more years. Ending the Wii U (and 3DS) life cycle this early would be like shooting their own foot.

  26. Actually the GPU is of the R 200 series, the latest from AMD, so it will be GCN (graphics core next) architecture, and based on the GPU specs (2816 shaders, 60.6 Gpixel/s, and 170 Gtexel/s) it looks equivalent to the R9-290 specs, the current Radeon flagship, so that’s not bad at all (basically the rival to the nvidia 780). CPU is debatable, but nintendon hardware has always been streamlined for its games (no bugs, not laggy) IMHO.

  27. That is iiiiinteresting! If this is true, I do wonder when they will release it? Maybe they have decided to end the Wii U era asap and go with this new Fusion system? I mean imagine them having both the Wii U and Fusion going on at the same time, but having Fusion also be able to play Wii U games (as long as you got a Gamepad connected).

    If these info are true, I do wonder how Nintendo will appeal to “hardcore gamers”. Can anyone tell me, since I am no expert, if that CPU/GPU/whatever is just as powerful ar PS4/X1? Or maybe even more powerful? I need answers :D

      • You’re mistaken. It extremely good. But it make the rumor less likey because you’re talking about $800 to $1000 for a console.

        • Well we still have one generation to pass so that should make prices a little affordable. And of course Nintendo might lower a few specs like clock-rates and such to lower power consumption and production costs.

      • Ummm are you stupid? It’s the lastest……from amd…The Xbox and PS4 use a LOW end APU, AMD just released ANOTHER APU that is even faster by 40 percent than the Console APU, i think it’s about 25 percent faster than the last APU from last may.

      • You might be looking at the Fusion DS specs… look at the fusion terminal specs. These are ninth gen specs in comparison to ps4 and xbox 1.

      • POWER-8 less powerful than Jaguar? You’re high, dude. POWER-8 is FAR more powerful than the tablet-class Jaguar cores in the PS4/XBox One. Search it on Wikipedia if you don’t believe me.

      • It’s already quite capable than PS4/XB1.
        It’s only the first year after Wii U lauched and it’ll be a good 4,5-6 years before this comes out. So can expect very big changes with the specs.

    • More powerful. I’m not sure all the specs on the cpu for the other consoles but they are 1.6 and 1.7 and this is 2.2 so the clock speed is faster, not sure how many cashe they have, but it’s apu so they don’t have L3 cashe thats were the gpu is. The video card is the lastestfrom amd and seems to be a 290 which is about the fastest out right now. 400 dollar card.

    • GPGPU: Custom Radeon HD RX 200 GPU CODENAME LADY (2816 shaders @ 960 MHz, 4.60 TFLOP/s, Fillrates: 60.6 Gpixel/s, 170 Gtexel/s)
      CPU: IBM 64-Bit Custom POWER 8-Based IBM 8-Core Processor

      Much much more powerful than PS4 and xbox 1.

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