While we’ve only really heard the name in passing and through denial of rumors like it being powered by Android, Nintendo has been pretty mum on the Nintendo NX. Both President Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of America lead Reggie Fils-Aime have said we won’t hear about it in an official capacity until 2016.
That hasn’t stopped everyone, including investors, from asking about it.
A recent investor call reported on Twitter by NStyles and translated by Cheesemeister3K indicates that investors are curious. When pushed about the NX, Iwata had a lot to say about not saying anything.
Primarily? Nintendo doesn’t want to talk about the NX because they don’t want to tip off their competitors.
“We can’t talk about the NX. If we do, competitors may take our ideas and customers won’t be surprised…
This would not be beneficial for the company or its shareholders.”
Iwata went on to talk about still supporting the 3DS and Wii U install bases.
“The NX is new hardware, and will start from 0. However, the 3DS and Wii U have install bases. Immediately cutting off software for previous hardware upon the release of a new machine is inefficient…
We will continue making 3DS and Wii software while preparing for the NX. We are prioritizing satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U.”
Now, it’s entirely possible that Nintendo is being way too paranoid about the NX. However, their best ideas have always been copied. That’s how it goes in the consumer tech industry. If a company thinks it has a one of a kind idea, it should hold that idea close until it’s ready to take the world by storm.
Of course, their idea for the NX could be totally horrid, but we won’t know until 2016.