NX is Not the Next Version of the Wii U, According to Kimishima

In an interview with Time magazine, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima stepped up to the plate to talk about Nintendo’s upcoming console release and (presumably) ease the minds of both investors and fans. With very little information about the console revealed to the public just yet, he spoke about how the system will not be the next in line with the Wii and Wii U family of consoles. It will be something completely different and unique, and that the “NX” title that it’s been discussed under is really just a placeholder name.

“We talked about the transition from Wii hardware to the Wii U hardware and how difficult it is to explain to the consumer base what is different and new about the new hardware. It’s difficult to convince them to switch from their current platform to the next platform. That being said, I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. 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 …  as for the codename NX, I don’t believe that there’s any real meaning behind it, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t know where it came from. Or perhaps Mr. Iwata had meant to tell me and then never got the chance.”

Also notable was the President’s candid speech about the future of the Wii U, and in particular those fans who stepped up to the plate and have been strong supporters of the system throughout its inception and journey thus far:

“What I want to do, I think 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.’ Of course we are working on NX and looking at the experiences we can bring to that platform. But first our job at this point is to support the consumers who have purchase Wii U and make sure that they have software experiences available to them.”

No, this didn’t really reveal any specifics, but that’s to be expected—Nintendo has always said we won’t hear anything until 2016. The good news is that 2016 is right around the corner, so we won’t have to wait much longer!

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