Nintendo’s Upcoming NX Console Reportedly Using Android Operating System (Updated)
The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo representatives have shot down any claims that the upcoming NX console would be running on the Android operating system. This was made in response to a report by Nikkei, a Japanese newspaper.
“There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX,” a Nintendo spokesman said.
We should note that Nintendo has blatantly denied news report claims before, even ones that turned out to be real, such as Nikkei's dismissed reports of the Nintendo 3DS XL in development back in 2012, which turned out to be true.
The House of Mario is considering to use the Android operating system as a basis for its upcoming NX video game system.
Polygon reports that Nintendo might be making its upcoming NX console run on the Android operating system. This was revealed in a translation by Serkan Toto, the CEO of Kantan Games, a Tokyo-based game industry consultant company. The rumor was originally posted in a recent issue of the Japanese newspaper, Nikkei, which Toto translated. Toto speculates that the move to use the Android platform as a basis is to help reel-in more third-party developers to the NX system. As we all know, the Wii U had a horrible track record with third-party developers, as its low technical capabilities and the GamePad/WiiMote control schemes made things tough for non-Nintendo companies to create games for the Wii U, especially ones that were released for the Wii U's rival consoles at Sony and Microsoft. The Ouya microconsole also uses an Android-based OS.
The utilization of the Android format could also correlate to Nintendo products hitting smart devices, especially since Nintendo is gearing up for its big venture into mobile gaming this year with DeNA Games. Nintendo recently closed the doors on its Club Nintendo service, and using an Android operating system could help interconnect its new console and mobile gaming initiative through one player membership/reward service.
While Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has already declared that his company will not be revealing the NX platform at E3 2015 this year, especially since they're not doing an on-stage conference but another pre-recorded Nintendo Direct event, we still have hopes we'll hear some official info about the new console this month.