Nintendo NX Might Replace Both Wii U and 3DS, Satoru Iwata Hints
It has only been a few years since Nintendo released the Wii U and hoped to build upon the success of Wii. However, due to lackluster hardware and hardly any support from AAA developers, Wii U failed to live-up to expectations.
Nintendo needs something other then 3DS at this point to stay relevant in the gaming market. Here comes the Nintendo NX, which Nintendo’s new gaming platform that is a successor to the Wii U.
Nintendo started talking about the NX earlier this year but we didn’t know if the system is a handheld or a console. Whatever it is, it seems it is going to replace both 3DS and the Wii U.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke about the NX during a meeting with shareholders and his comments hinted at the possibility of NX being some sort of a hybrid, that will replace current Nintendo platforms.
The NX is new hardware, and will start from zero.
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 prioritising satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U.
The type of games Nintendo is popular for are only targeted towards a certain type of audience. If Nintendo is to succeed with the NX, it has to go beyond that audience and target gamers who enjoy games from PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
Mario and Zelda aren’t enough to sell millions of units anymore.