The Nintendo Wii U was just a bigger and more powerful successor to the original Wii console. The Nintendo 3DS was just a bigger and more powerful successor to the original DS. However, now Nintendo is jumping off of the “remake it but better” bandwagon. Nintendo’s new NX console will not be like the Wii U or the 3DS at all.
The company’s president Tatsumi Kimishima, who was appointed president after the tragic death of Satoru Iwata last year, gave an interview with the Japanese magazine “The Asahi Shimbun.” In it, Kimishima teased another possible foray into movies, but mainly spoke about Nintendo’s new NX console and what would be in it.
In the interview, Kimishima said that the Nintendo NX was something very new, from the hardware to the software lineup. He explained that instead of being a successor to the Wii U or the 3DS, it’s an entirely new way to play games. The Nintendo NX would have a larger impact than the Wii U, but would not completely replace it.
Nintendo’s new NX console has been under a large amount of secrecy ever since it was leaked earlier this year. We don’t even have an idea of what the controller will look like.
As for games, the upcoming Nintendo Zelda game (which will apparently be Nintendo’s only offering at E3) will likely be on both the NX and the Wii U. Ports of other Triple A games will possibly also be considered.
Either way, it seems like the Nintendo NX is doing its best to follow Iwata’s own thoughts on what Nintendo did. Iwata believed that Nintendo should always strive to surprise gamers, and to change each person’s video gaming life. He also said that simply expanding on existing hardware *cough Sony and Microsoft cough* was boring.
Whatever the NX will be doing, after the lessons learned with the Wii and the Wii U, hopefully Nintendo has put together something that will be flying off the shelves when it comes out next March.