Iwata Says Nintendo NX Will Change Your Gaming Life

Last week, we found out that Nintendo is working on a new piece of hardware, presently referred to only as Nintendo NX. There are little to no details at the moment on what it is, what is can do, or what its purpose will be—and Nintendo doesn’t plan to tell us any of this until sometime in 2016—but Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has said that it won’t be a simple manner of increasing the specs on the Wii U.

In speaking with Nikkei, Iwata bemoaned the current state of gaming hardware, wherein the trend is to simply increase the power of a new console over its previous generation, and expressed his company’s desire to “surprise” Nintendo players:

However, if you only expand upon existing hardware, it’s dull. In some shape or form, we’re always thinking about how we want to surprise players as well as our desire to change each person’s video gaming life.”

The last time we saw something truly surprising from Nintendo was with the Wii, where we saw motion-based controls for the first time. The Wii took the gaming world—and the non-gaming world—by storm, though arguably the Nintendo DS did something similar with its groundbreaking foray into touch-screen controls.

The Wii U, while meant to surprise us, had a host of problems of its own (which is the subject of many other editorials), and despite its unique dual-screen interface and asymmetrical gameplay, didn’t have nearly the same impact as its predecessor.

Thus, it sounds like we can expect something major to shake up gaming from Nintendo in the future, but we’ll have to wait until 2016 to learn more.


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