It has been a whirlwind year for Nintendo to say the least. The company finally made a profit after its Wii U failed to initially catch fire on the marketplace and its toys-to-life initiative, amiibo, currently has stores at a standstill in a bid to satisfy droves of shoppers. While all that’s well and good, however, the Big N also touched on future plans for its next console – codenamed the Nintendo NX.
Much is still unknown about the Wii U’s successor, but a recent report from Nikkei (an online Japanese business publication) claimed that the platform’s operating system would be Android-based. Nintendo has now issued a response debunking these claims.
Reaching out to the Wall Street Journal, a Nintendo representative clarified that the Japanese gaming giant will not be using Android OS for its next platform. The unnamed individual failed to provide the WSJ reporter with any more details about the NX outside of that, and understandably so, but it’s a reassuring sign for those that feared that Nintendo may have had plans in place that could have made the system less of a game-focussed console.
As the Nintendo employee stated:
“There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.”
It was initially reported via the aforementioned Nikkei article that the switch to an Android format was an intentional move to attract third-party developers to the NX system. This, of course, was a point of controversy for longtime fans as it meant that the possibility of rampant “shovelware” akin to what’s found on the app store would have been a possibility. With Nintendo already publicly establishing a partnership with DeNA to bring its properties to mobile devices, the claims didn’t seem all that farfetched.
Still, the Google-made OS would have opened up the new console to a plethora of security issues, which is something that the company would understandably like to avoid. With that in mind, it makes sense that Nintendo would rather design its own interface for the planned ecosystem the NX platform is said to share with the 3DS, Wii U, computers, and mobile devices.
It’s known that the Nintendo NX won’t be further detailed until 2016 at the earliest, so stay tuned to Game Rant for more information about the new console.
What would you have thought of an Android-based Nintendo console? Are you glad that Nintendo has debunked these rumors?
Source: Wall Street Journal