While those in the US have been in bed sleeping, Nintendo has been quite busy in the overnight hours. During a press conference, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata shocked us all tonight with the unveiling of what they are calling a new “game system” that they have in the works known as Nintendo NX.
With very little details given given, Iwata revealed that Nintendo is currently working on the Nintendo NX, though they will not be ready to give more information until next year.
“As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename “NX.” It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”
This is kind of a big bomb to just drop like that, with no plans of giving any info out at the upcoming E3 or anything. This came during a press conference where Nintendo discussed somewhat of a mobile deal, where they revealed the slide seen below.
The first thought would be that this may be the successor to one of Nintendo’s current systems, with the 3DS being the more likely candidate of the two, but interestingly enough they have it listed alongside the two. This has already led to rampant speculation across Twitter, Reddit, and an abundance of gaming sites on what it could actually be. Some have said maybe it is a streaming only companion to the other two systems, or perhaps the long rumored combined console and handheld system from Nintendo.
We all know that a new loyalty program is coming to replace Club Nintendo, and it sounds like that the eventual goal is to have a connected platform between all of the platforms listed above, including the new NX.
“Nintendo, together with DeNA, will jointly develop a new membership service which encompasses the existing Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, the new hardware system with a brand-new concept, NX, and smart devices and PCs, and Nintendo will be the primary party to operate this new membership service.”
It really sounds like Nintendo wants to prove they are still relevant, but with so little details it is hard to speculate much further than that. Hopefully Nintendo will surprise us with a reveal much sooner now that the cat is out of the bag.