It's a cold war in the gaming world: Nintendo is keeping mum about the design of its next generation console, for fear of competitors going all From Russia With Love and stealing their secrets.

"We can't talk about the NX. If we do, competitors may take our ideas and customers won't be surprised," said company president Satoru Iwata during a shareholders meeting earlier today. This information was tweeted by Twitter user NStyles and translated by user Cheesemeister3k.

The hardware, codenamed NX...well, there's literally nothing to say about it, due to Nintendo's whopping case of paranoia. As implied by Iwata's comments, the secrecy surrounding NX is also due in part to consumer interest: the more NX is shrouded in mystery, the more it will pique the interest of fans.

Nintendo will continue to roll out 3DS and Wii software while prepping for the release of the NX, Iwata added.

Despite apparently crippling neuroses, the company president seemed exceedingly confident about the impact the NX will have in the industry, asserting that it will "change each person's video gaming life."

The company didn't show off anything related to the console at E3, but you can expect a big presence at next year's show. If they can avoid any leaks before then, that is. 

via IGN

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