Nintendo silent about NX to withhold ideas from competitors

Posted June 27, 2015 by Dominic Barbiran in Games

We finally have a reason why Nintendo hasn’t divulged much information about their upcoming console.

The Japanese entertainment giant has been reticent about their next-generation console, nicknamed ‘NX’, for fear that competitors will steal their ideas.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explains:

“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.”

This statement was in response to an investor who was professed concern about the potential split between the NX and the current-generation Wii U. Twitter user @NStyles tweeted the comment and @Cheesemeister3k translated it:

While this is an unofficial translation, and we have yet to hear confirmation from any official channels, Iwata’s comments aren’t exactly difficult to believe. After the success of the Wii’s motion controls, both Microsoft and Sony came out with their own proprietary motion controls.

Withholding information, and an estimated reveal sometime next year, implies that we may not hear much about the NX until right up to it’s release. What do you guys think of this? Think the NX is too soon into the Wii U’s lifespan, or do you welcome a brand, new console from Nintendo? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nerdist

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