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Nintendo’s Next System Codenamed “NX”

Nintendo’s Next System Codenamed “NX”

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As if there was ever any doubt, Nintendo head honcho Satoru Iwata this morning announced that the follow-up to the company’s Wii U is currently in development. Codenamed the “NX”, it’s confirmed to be a dedicated gaming system with a “brand new concept”. Speaking at a press conference in Japan, Iwata seemed reluctant to reveal more, stating that:

“It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”

The press conference he was speaking at was to announce a new partnership between Nintendo and DeNA, a Japanese mobile game specialist, with the specific aim of creating various mobile games based on Nintendo IPs. Should fans expect to see Mario appearing on the App Store in the near future?

More interestingly, however, was the further announcement that Nintendo are planning to launch a membership service across various hardware, include mobile devices and PC. It’s likely the recent dismantling of Club Nintendo was to make way for this, and hopefully signals the end of device-specific accounts.

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If Nintendo are prepping to unveil the “NX” next year, it’s unlikely gamers will be able to get their hands on the console before 2017 at the earliest. As for the “brand new concept”, well, that could be anyone’s guess – but knowing what’s come before there will no doubt be many hoping the company moves away from divisive control schemes or bulky peripherals. Could the partnership with DeNA hint at the much-rumoured handheld/console hybrid? Only time will tell.

Are you excited about Nintendo’s Wii U successor? What new concept will the “NX” bring? Sound off in the comments below!