In a media announcement today, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata let the public and media investors know that the company is working on its next-generation console hardware, currently codenamed NX.
Upon announcing details of its new partnership with DeNA surrounding their entry into the smartphone gaming market, Iwata wanted to highlight that the company is still quite focused on standalone console hardware.
The partnership with DeNA is around creating a multi-platform service to somehow link Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles, alongside growth in the PC and smartphone market. Iwata said that the NX concept is not directly related to the new service platform, but will be included in their plans for harmonization among its hardware offerings.
It is quite odd to know that Nintendo is already working on a new home console, just two years after the release of their latest one, the Wii U. Of course, that console didn’t exactly receive critical acclaim, nor did it sell very well.
We won’t likely be finding out any more about this new console at E3 this year, though you can bet that Nintendo’s media reps are going to be fielding questions about it incessantly until we hear more, likely at E3 2016. Iwata said, “It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”
Of course, the second we hear more about this project, we’ll report on the lot of it.