Vague information regarding Nintendo’s next home console, codenamed NX, continues to pour in, but now it may have a little brother to steal some of its Super Mario Sunshine… bad pun? Bad pun. Anyway, some hawk-eyed folks over at NeoGAF noticed a Yahoo Japan finance report which seems to reveal The Big N’s business strategies going forward. The takeaway is that it also raises the lid on an all new handheld device, which is potentially being developed alongside NX production. Below is the translation of the report, courtesy of IGN.
“The driving force up until now has been new business from “health services, theme parks and mobile games etc”, but will switch over to the next generation game system (NX) and next-gen handheld game device (MH (temporary name)).”
The 3DS and all of its iterations are still relatively young in its lifecycle, but then again so too is the Wii U. Rumors have been afloat for quite a while that Nintendo’s next console would be a handheld hybrid; a hybrid that would allow players to essentially take their home console on the go. Similar to PlayStation’s Vita/PS4 being able to talk to each other, but Nintendo’s system would be built from the ground up for that purpose.
With the company’s president Tatsumi Kimishima recently reiterating their new device wouldn’t be a successor to the Wii U or the 3DS, and his statement about the NX offering a “new way of playing games,” this new report seems to ring true on plenty of fronts. If this is the way the company is heading its still prolific, but floundering game division, it would mean taking on yet another risk. Some would say said risk may not be worth it, as core gamers are either attached to their PS4, PC, or Xbox One and the Nintendo audience is regrettably on the decline.
Unfortunately, we likely won’t receive confirmation on the above anytime soon, since Nintendo has already clarified the NX will not appear at E3. However, they will have to get the ball rolling eventually, as the NX is scheduled to release sometime in March of 2017.