Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima reveals that the NX is not the ‘next version of the Wii and Wii U’ and that fans should expect something ‘unique and different’.
Unfortunately for Nintendo, sales of the Wii U have struggled ever since it was released, with the home console only recently managing to achieve 10 million units sold. Meanwhile, sales of the company’s handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS, are also in decline with many unsure of how the company can get it back on track.
This is perhaps why Nintendo has stormed ahead with production of its next console, the Nintendo NX. While very little is known about the NX (even the name ‘NX’ is a codename), Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has offered some details on what fans should (or shouldn’t) expect.
Speaking to TIME, Kimishima revealed that the NX is a “different and obviously a new experience.” He also explains that while it’s difficult to get consumers on-board with new ideas and show them what’s new and different about a console Nintendo is “not building the next version of Wii or Wii U” and instead, “it’s something unique and different.” Moreover, Kimishima admits to TIME that Nintendo has to “move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.”
The fact that the NX is a huge departure from its predecessors should come as little surprise, given that it was revealed that Nintendo is already sending out NX software development kits to game developers and that the NX may even be some sort of games console/mobile device hybrid. However, the obvious concern from Nintendo’s core fan base is that Nintendo will move too far away from the Wii and the Wii U and will end up alienating them.
Nintendo won’t formally reveal the NX until next year, though, and the company has plenty to work on in the meantime. First and foremost, Kimishima says that Nintendo isn’t giving up on the Wii U, as the company wants to “make sure that the customers, those 10 million customers who have a Wii U at home have software to play”.
“Of course we are working on NX and looking at the experiences we can bring to that platform,” he explains, “but first our job at this point is to support the consumers who have purchased Wii U and make sure that they have software experiences available to them.” This should be comforting to the many consumers who picked up a Wii U on Black Friday 2015.
Additionally, Kimishima says that they’ve failed to adequately describe Miitomo, Nintendo’s first mobile game, with the company unable to “successfully communicate what we’re trying to do,” so it sounds like fans can expect much more information on the app before it launches in March, 2016.
And on Nintendo’s hugely popular Amiibo figurines, the CEO says that although the company’s initial goal “was to have these connected to software and have them enhance the play experience for the consumer,” instead, “Amiibo are being picked up more as a collection item at this point, rather than, say, as an interactive item with software” so players can surely expect the company to improve upon that as well.