Nintendo NX is Not a Successor to Wii U or 3DS

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The Nintendo NX is a “new way of playing games,” says Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, and is “neither the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS.”

Slated to launch in March 2017 with promise of a solid lineup of games, the new console is rumored not to have optical discs for cartridges, leaving critics and analysts alike scratching their heads as to what form it will take. A NeoGAF-translated Asahi Shimbun interview with Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has only deepened that mystery. When inquired about the possibility of the company once again getting involved with movies, the executive interestingly saw it fit to bring up the NX:
“It’s something very new. The hardware, the software lineup, all of it is something I’d like to play for the first time myself.”
The intriguing console will apparently not have an impact on Wii U sales:
“When the NX is released, the Wii U business will slow… However, the NX is neither the successor to the Wii U nor to the 3DS. “It’s a new way of playing games, which I think will have a larger impact that the Wii U, but I don’t feel it’s a pure replacement for the Wii U.”
If you’ve heard something similar to this before that’s because Kimishima is echoing the sentiments of the late Satoru Iwata, who stressed that Nintendo is always thinking about surprising players and changing each person’s video gaming life. Iwata stated:
“In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a gaming platform gradually changed. If you only expand upon existing hardware, it’s dull.”
Aren’t you dying to know what Nintendo has in store? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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