Nintendo Explains All The Secrecy Around the NX

‘Competitors may take our ideas.’

Posted By | On 27th, Jun. 2015 Under Uncategorized | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Nintendo’s NX system may be one of the biggest enigmas in gaming history for a while- indeed, the last time I can remember there being so much hush hush secrecy around a gaming platform was the Wii, back when it was called Revolution, way before it was launched. A lot of people have speculated that one of the reasons that Nintendo does not talk about the NX just yet is that the system is not ready for the market, and by talking about it, they don’t want to divert all attention and consumer expectation to it, and cut off whatever life the Wii U may yet have in it.

And that certainly is one reason. As it turns out, there is more to it than that. Apparently, Nintendo is banking on something about the NX being a complete, total surprise, something to captivate the imagination, much like the Wii originally did- something that they can’t risk leaking or being copied.

“We can’t talk about the NX,” Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata said in yesterday’s investor call (translated by Cheesemeister3k). “If we do, competitors may take our ideas and customers won’t be surprised.”

He also confirmed that, at least as of right now, Nintendo plans on continuing to support the 3DS and Wii U for a while.

“This would not be beneficial for the company or its shareholders,” Iwata added. “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.”

Of course, this doesn’t explain why the Wii U’s lineup is so barren right now.

Stay tuned to Nintendo for more news and coverage regarding the NX- whatever the hell it turns out to be.

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  • I think the reason Nintendo, is keeping NX as a enigma, is to build anticipation and hype. But it’s sad, that once the NX is released, they’ll stop making software for the wii u and 3ds.

    • Devon Day

      Doubly so since both have a warchest of amazing games.

  • bigboy678

    i think it is time for nintendo to stop making consoles and just focus solely on game development. they have some amazing IP and could make a killng if they sold it on xbox,playstation,pc, etc. I mean lets be honest, 3rd party developers havent looked at nintendo as a viable console in many many years. i personally would love some paper mario on my computer 🙂

    • Devon Day

      That would be great…… except for the fact that, other than a $400 million dollar loss in 2013, they have made 35 billion from the gaming industry since 1985. That being said, Nintendo isn’t going anywhere; doubly so since they have now plunged into mobile gaming.

      Furthermore, while it does seem appeasing for them to go said route, they would be losing more money going that way than without. Keep in mind the third party space is competitive enough. Yes Nintendo does have the IP to combat it, but in this era where games like Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Grand Theft Auto, Street Fighter and others run rampant, such odds are not in Nintendo’s favor. Even something like Legend of Zelda or a Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars sequel will get beat sales wise should said game launch alongside something like Grand Theft Auto in the same week. Nintendo should, and most likely will, stay in the console business (however long it lasts). Sure the sales of the Wii U and 3DS do not live up to their predecessors, but profit off both is key for them. I am sure NX will be an improvement when it comes out.

      Let’s give Nintendo a chance. One poorly sold generation isn’t going to doom them if they are profiting off of each console sold. Furthermore, I do not think the NX will be as difficult to market either.

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