In a surprise move, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has announced that the company is working on new dedicated gaming hardware.
The announcement came at a press conference in Japan, which was organized to reveal a partnership between Nintendo and Japanese mobile game company DeNA. The new partnership will see DeNA creating mobile games based on Nintendo’s intellectual property.
But it’s the hardware announcement that’s likely to get the most attention. “Nintendo, together with DeNA, will jointly develop a new membership service,” Iwata said during the conference, “which encompasses the existing Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, the new hardware with a brand new concept NX, smart devices and PCs.”
Nothing else was revealed about the project, but an image of the system describes the NX as a dedicated games system. We’re not likely to discover anything else about the hardware unless the notoriously secretive platform holder springs a few leaks – the publisher has said that more information about the system won’t be forthcoming until next year.
Many will no doubt speculate whether the new system is meant to be a replacement for the Wii U, which has struggled at retail since its launch in 2012. Despite experiencing lower success with its latest home console, Nintendo is on track to make a profit by the end of the current financial year – bolstered by high sales of big-name games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros over the christmas period. With the 3DS doing so well, the NX is unlikely to be a new handheld console – so what is it? Let the speculation commence!