Nintendo Won’t Talk About its Next-Gen NX Console Because Sony and Microsoft May Steal its Ideas

Fahad Arif
Posted 1 year ago

While we have only heard that Nintendo is working on a next generation video game console – codenamed NX – and some flat rumors like it being powered by Android, the platform holder itself has been pretty uncommunicative in revealing anything related to the upcoming successor to the Wii U home console. Both President Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of America lead Reggie Fils-Aime have already said that the company won’t talk openly about it until next year, and according to the latest news, this is because Nintendo doesn’t want competitors in the industry to steal its ideas.

Nintendo Explains Why it is Being Overly Secretive About its Forthcoming Next-Gen Video Game Hardware

Nintendo’s next-gen video game hardware, which is currently known simply as NX, has kept an enigmatic appeal to itself for almost a year now. There is only very little that is currently known about the upcoming inevitable console that will obviously be in the market up against exceedingly famous PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. The new console is claimed to be a dedicated game platform with a “brand-new concept,” and according to many, the company still wants Wii U to grow, and that is why we are not hearing much about it already. However, that is not all.


As it seems, the Japanese multinational consumer electronics company is planning to take gamers by surprise with its new console, and that is why it is so cautious about saying anything related to the new system before the right time, as it fears the competitors in the video game industry may imitate its ideas. According to Twitter user Nstyles (translated by Cheesemeister3k), responding to a question regarding the transition between the Wii U and the upcoming NX console in a recent shareholders meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said:

“We can’t talk about the NX. If we do, competitors may take our ideas and customers won’t be surprised. This would not be beneficial for the company or its shareholders. The NX is new hardware, and will start from 0. However, the 3DS and Wii U have install bases. Immediately cutting off software for previous hardware upon the release of a new machine is inefficient. We will continue making 3DS and Wii software while preparing for the NX. We are prioritizing satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U.”

Even though Nintendo revealed its forthcoming “dedicated game system” back in March during an announcement about the company making official smartphone games, the firm didn’t reveal any details about NX console at its E3 2015 Digital Event other than saying that fans won’t hear much about NX before next year. Now, it seems like Nintendo is being way too vigilant, but history proves that their best ideas have indeed been copied. Take Wii’s motion control for an example; how its massive success coerced Sony and Microsoft to introduce their own unique motion control hardware. Nintendo might be working on NX with a one of a kind idea, and it might even take the video game industry by storm, but nothing much can be said until 2016.

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