Nintendo teases new ‘NX’ hardware

Wii U successor? Handheld and console hybrid?

[Ed. Note: Super fake console photo added for emotional trauma. It’s an old gag by GreenStar Studios.]

Earlier today we reported on the news that Nintendo is partnering up with DeNA to bring Nintendo franchises to smart phones. During the announcement, Satoru Iwata was eager to reassure core Nintendo fans that while the company is moving into smart phone development, this does not mark the end of them as a dedicated gaming hardware manufacturer. 

In order to reassure core Nintendo fans of its commitment to dedicated hardware, Iwata teased that they had a new piece of dedicated gaming hardware in the works dubbed the Nintendo NX.

While this is not something directly relating to the collaboration that we have announced today, here is one thing I would like to mention to avoid any misunderstandings.

Nintendo has decided to deploy its video game business on smart devices but it is not because we have lost passion or vision for the business of dedicated video game systems. On the contrary, now that we have decided how we will make use of smart devices, we have come to hold an even stronger passion and vision for the dedicated video game system business than ever before. Nintendo has made this decision because we have concluded that the approach of making use of smart devices is a rational way for us to encourage even more people around the world to recognize the great value of the wonderful game software available on our dedicated game systems.

As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename “NX.” It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.

It’s currently unclear what kind of hardware the NX will be, but the general consensus is that the hardware is likely to replace the Wii U, in one form or another. So, expect a reveal at E3 2016?

Laura Dale