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Nintendo Says No NX and No Smart Device Announcements at E3

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Oh, and no announcements about Nintendo’s quality of life platform. Guess you’ll just have to be content with 3DS and Wii U news!


At Nintendo’s recent investors meeting, company honcho Satoru Iwata was asked specific details on the upcoming home console that’s codenamed Nintendo NX (for example, the investor wanted to know if the “N” in “NX” meant “Nintendo”). Earlier this spring, when Iwata first announced work had begun on the console, he said the new system wouldn’t be fully revealed until 2016. Sounds like he meant it!


“We do not plan on talking specifics about the the NX until 2016,” Iwata said again during the investors meeting. Explaining why the announcement was made so early, Iwata said he didn’t want people to think the smart device collaboration with DeNA meant that Nintendo was abandoning home gaming systems.

“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.”

Iwata has previously been vague when discussing the Nintendo NX.


Since this year is 2015 and this year’s E3 gaming expo takes place in, well, 2015, do not expect Nintendo to talk about the NX. Don’t expect announcements about smart device games, either.

“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.”


Here again, Iwata repeated that even if there are expectations for a Nintendo NX announcement at E3, details won’t be revealed until 2016. At least, there aren’t plans for such a presentation.

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