During the insane announcement that the company finally has plans to dip its toes in the mobile gaming space alongside DeNA, Nintendo took time this morning to announce how their new partnership will affect the production of their next piece of gaming hardware.
It’s code-named NX (Nintendo 10?), and this is all we’re going to hear about it until 2016, according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. So, before we get into this, don’t expect more at E3. The company is in the early goings of platform creation, it seems.
The NX was revealed as a product of the new DeNA and Nintendo partnership by Iwata.
“Nintendo, together with DeNA, will jointly develop a new membership service which encompasses the existing Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, the new hardware system with a brand-new concept, NX, and smart devices and PCs, and Nintendo will be the primary party to operate this new membership service…”
Iwata even made sure to indicate that Nintendo isn’t leaving the hardware space with this next bit… At least not any time soon.
“…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.”
What will the NX do? How powerful will it be? What types of games should we expect? Who knows. I imagine the partnership with DeNA means that Nintendo is striving to do something that unifies all of their platforms into a big experience.
Beyond that? The NX is a big question mark.
We’ll have more on this as it comes.