Nintendo Won’t Discuss New Console or Mobile at E3 2015; Aims to Remove Region Lock for Future Platforms
Nintendo aims to remove region locking on its future game consoles, president Satoru Iwata said during a recent investor Q&A session, following the company’s latest earnings report.
“Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don’t consider that to be very realistic,” he said (translation by Cheesemeister on NeoGaf) when asked for an update on Nintendo’s take on locking copies of games to only work in certain parts of the world. “However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we’re currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realizing it.
“You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I’d like to look at it optimistically going forward.”
Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that it was working on its next console, code-named the NX, and last week that for the first time in four years it was profitable. Additionally more than three-quarters of the company’s sales came from outside of Japan. Although Nintendo stated that the company does not plan to tals about or reveal their new system until 2016.
“We do not plan on talking specifics about the NX until 2016,”
President Iwata clarified that the reason that they announced the existence of the system was so that people would not think that they were abandoning the console market, as a result of their mobile venture.
“Presently, we cannot talk about the time period when it [the NX] will go on sale or what it’s like,” Iwata said. “Because we are calling it a ‘new concept,’ we are not thinking of this as a ‘simple replacement’ for the 3DS or the Wii U.”
“Incidentally, we’re getting various questions for this year’s E3, like ‘Won’t there be a NX announcement?’, ‘Will there be a presentation on smart devices?’, or ‘Will there be more on the quality of life platform?’ However, since we understand that E3 is an event for dedicated video game machines, we do not intend to discuss the smart devices as well as quality of life.”
Iwata clarifies that they consider the new system a new concept and not a replacement for the 3DS or the Wii U. He adds that E3 is an event for dedicated video game machines, therefore smart devices or the quality of life are not initiative will not be discussed.
So question is what will Nintendo be showcasing at their Press Conference? The company has not held a press conference for some time now, opting for their own Nintendo Direct instead during the time of the show. One would think that they would have something big this year for them to host a press conference after some hiatus.
Nintendo has recently announced that the new Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U, would not be making an appearance at E3 2015, quite possibly their biggest title currently in development for the Wii U. Shigeru Miyamoto the father of Mario himself stated some time ago that the company was planning on bringing Mario in a new way for their next console, perhaps as an innovative launch title.
Star Fox will surely be present but what else could be that big to have an entire press conference for?
I wouldn’t put it passed Nintendo to have a surprise reveal of the new system or at least a tease in some form, be it some footage of an upcoming game for the console or some details on specs. Regardless we will bring you all new information from Nintendo as well as full coverage of their E3 2015 press conference.