The very first few details of Nintendo’s next system, codenamed the “NX”, were revealed by Nintendo’s chief executive Satoru Iwata at a press conference held on Tuesday.
Iwata explained: “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.”
It’s not clear yet if this “brand-new concept” will be handheld or a dedicated console. This announcement comes moments after Nintendo revealed plans to create “new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP” for smart devices.
This new platform appears to be in development with a new membership “core service” that will unite Nintendo’s home consoles, its handhelds, as well as mobiles and computers. Iwata stated that this new service will “encompasses the existing Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, the new hardware system with a brand-new concept, NX, and smart devices and PCs.”
Nintendo previously announced that it would be closing its Club Nintendo membership program by September of this year. It claims that it is “working hard to create a new program” that will create a “connection between Nintendo and each individual consumer regardless of the device the consumer uses.” It appears this new membership service will be its replacement.
Further details about the Nintendo “NX” are unknown, although a lot of fans have begun speculating, hoping, and dreaming that this new console will be the savior Nintendo needs.