Nintendo’s Next Piece of Gaming Hardware Is Code-Named ‘NX’
Nintendo's ridiculous nomenclature for its gaming hardware continues as we go from the Wii to the Wii U and now the "NX."
Kotaku reports that after revealing Nintendo's big partnership with the smartphone game company DeNA, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata announced that his company is working on its next major piece of gaming hardware to replace the already ailing Wii U. While this project (likely a home console and not another handheld) does not have an official name yet, it is being referred to by Nintendo as the NX.
"Nintendo has decided to deploy its video game business on smart devices, but it is not because we have lost our passion or vision for the business of dedicated video game systems", Iwata said at a press conference this morning. "On the contrary, because now we have decided on 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 before."
"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'."
Iwata claims that more information about the NX will be released next year, which means we shouldn't hold our breath for a NX demonstration at E3 2015. Perhaps this code-name could stand for the Nintendo X or the Nintendo Xperience? Any name will be better than the Wii and Wii U by this point. Iwata claims that his company is still in the "dedicated video game market," but did not specify whether or not the NX will be included as a part of its upcoming Quality of Life line of products that will focus on improving the user's health. Sorry Nintendo, we just want video games from you. We'll go to NordicTrack if we want to get healthy — your mascot is an overweight plumber.