Nintendo's New Console, NX, Is Not a Simple "Replacement" for Wii U or 3DS

Chief executive Satoru Iwata suggests the new system may live alongside Nintendo's existing platforms.


Nintendo's next dedicated game platform, codenamed NX, is not meant to be a simple "replacement" for the Wii U or 3DS, according to chief executive Satoru Iwata. The English translation of Iwata's remarks from Nintendo's latest earnings report were published today, featuring the new information about NX.

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"Though I cannot confirm when it will be launched or any other details of the system, since I have confirmed that it will be 'a dedicated video game platform with a brand new concept,' it should mean that we do not intend it to become a simple 'replacement' for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U," Iwata explained.

This suggests that when the NX is released, it will be supported alongside Nintendo's existing platforms. Nintendo took a similar approach with the GameCube and Wii, releasing marquee RPG Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess for both systems.

Interestingly, Nintendo recently delayed The Legend of Zelda for Wii U after discovering "several new possibilities" for the project. These have not been announced, and the game's release window is now slated as "TBD."

Iwata also pointed out that the manner and situations in which people play home consoles and handheld devices have recently become "rather different, especially between Japan and overseas." The executive teased that the NX, in a bid to appeal to the widest possible audience, will offer a "brand new concept."

"Since we are always thinking about how to create a new platform that will be accepted by as many people around the world as possible, we would like to offer to them 'a dedicated video game platform with a brand new concept' by taking into consideration various factors, including the playing environments that differ by country," he explained. "This is all that I can confirm today."

So when will we hear more about NX? Not until 2016, unfortunately.

Iwata explained that Nintendo won't discuss the NX, or its smartphone and quality of life initiatives, during the company's E3 briefing next month. "I hope you will understand that if you expect us to discuss NX during the upcoming E3 show, you will just end up being disappointed," he said.

In addition to the NX, Nintendo is working on a new cross-platform membership program and an "evolved" version of its Club Nintendo loyalty program. The company's first mobile games, developed in partnership with DeNA, will arrive later this year.

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