Only The Hard News About Nintendo NX
December 4, 2015 - Beta, Nintendo, Video Game,
Nintendo has been riveling Apple in its secrecy about the new Nintendo NX platform and rumors have grown to fill in the gaps. And some of these rumors have gotten pretty outrageous. So we took a step back at what we know for sure, and its not much.
Earlier this year a report from The Wall Street Journal said, Nintendo’s next console codenamed NX will feature “industry-leading chips” to better compete, and possibly leap frog the more powerful Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The often quoted recent Time interview with new company president Tatsumi Kimishima, who took over for the late Satoru Iwata in September, has revealed that the device won’t just be a new take on the the Wii U. “I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U,” Kimishima explained in an interview with Time. “It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.”
Digitimes citing sources said the console will enter mass production at the end of the first quarter of 2016. They reported Nintendo expects the NX to sell 20 million units in 2016. However this figure has come under much scrutiny lately.
Nintendo will not abandon the Wii U. Speaking to TIME magazine Tatsumi Kimishima said “our first job right now is to make sure that the customers, those 10 million customers who have a Wii U at home have software to play. And we need to make sure that they are satisfied with their purchase and continue to enjoy playing on this platform. So we can’t just abandon them and say ‘Hey, it’s time to move on to the next thing.’
According to the Wall Street Journal as of October 2015 Nintendo started to distribute NX software development kits to developers, citing unnamed sources “familiar with the matter”. The article also said these sources suggested the “company is on track to introduce the product as early as next year.”
The console’s form factor has been the subject of much debate. The Wall Street Journal says that the NX will “likely include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could either be used in conjunction with the console or taken on the road for separate use.”
Nintendo will not be using the Android operating system to run the NX console. “There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX,” a Nintendo spokesman said to WSJ.
Thats everything we know about the Nintendo NX that is based on some evidence or direct quote from a Nintendo source. Have we missed anything? Tell us in the comments.