Nintendo President Says New Console NX Is In Development, Calls It Departure From Wii And Wii U


Whatever Nintendo might dabble with in the future, its prime concern will always be consoles.

Speaking with TIME, the company's president Tatsumi Kimishima reaffirmed that Nintendo's next console, which is under the codename NX, is "in development,' labeling it as "a next step in our dedicated device strategy, the core and primary focus of our business."

While that leaves a lot of information to be desired, Kimishima said gamers should expect an entirely different experience from the Wii and Wii U with the upcoming NX.

"As far as NX goes, I've said it's different and obviously a new experience," he said. "If you look back to the beginning of our conversation today, 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," he continued. "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."

Pure speculation, but could some sort of virtual reality integration be part of the NX experience? Obviously, gamers will eagerly await more details. However, Kimishima's words follow a report earlier this week that Nintendo will begin mass production of the NX in 2016 with the new console expected to ship 10 to 12 million units.

And speaking of new Nintendo experiences, the company also has high hopes for its first smart device app, Miitomo, slated for a March release.

"We believe [Miitomo] is something that's going to get people wanting to, through the use of these very well known Mii characters, speak and communicate with their friends," Kimishima also told TIME. "And when they're using Miitomo it's going to be easier to do some of the Miitomo features if you have a Nintendo Account. It'll be easier to reach out and talk to your friends. Once you have that account set up I think it's a very easy transition for folks to want to then register for My Nintendo so they can start earning points."

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