Why Nintendo Isn't Talking About NX Yet, According to Miyamoto

"If it was just a matter of following advancements in technology, things would be coming out a lot quicker."


According to legendary Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who created the Mario and Zelda franchises, there is a reason why the company isn't talking specifics about its mysterious NX console just yet. He told the Associated Press that this is because "there's an idea we're working on."

"In terms of NX, there's an idea that we're working on," he told the publication through a translator."That's why we can't share anything at this point, and I don't want to comment on the other companies. If it was just a matter of following advancements in technology, things would be coming out a lot quicker."

No further details are available regarding what Miyamoto might have meant by "an idea," but it's interesting to think about the possibilities.

NX--which is only a codename--is rumored to be a console/mobile hybrid that makes use of "industry-leading" technology. The system will go on sale in March 2017, which is only nine months from now. Nintendo has described the system as a "brand-new concept."

When Nintendo announced the NX's release window in April, the company also confirmed that the new Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, will be released for it, along with the Wii U.

Nintendo apparently could have released the NX sooner, but decided to ship it in March 2017 so that there would be a strong enough launch lineup.

"We believe that when launching hardware, the amount of quality software for consumers to play that is available at launch is important, and that we ought to determine our launch dates based on this," Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said last month.

"The fact that consumers spend more money in the holiday season may be a big factor in why launching then is a good way to start. However, our hardware and software business structure does not end in that year. We want consumers to continue to play this game system for many years, so we believe that in the beginning it is most important to make sure that everything is in order at launch. In that sense, our approach is that we should wait until we can provide a fully realized experience rather than rushing to launch in the holiday season, and this approach has not changed."

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