Nintendo NX updates: Tatsumi Kimishima on the 'new' and 'different' console


Nintendo has been known for quite some time to be working on a new gaming platform system, dubbed as of now as the Nintendo NX. While confirming the existence of the project, the gaming company also immediately announced that they will not be offering specific details about the new console until 2016. However, Tatsumi Kimishima, the new president of Nintendo, talked about the new console, and how different and new it would be compared to the company’s current generation of consoles.

As a part of an extensive interview with TIME, Kimishima called the upcoming NX console “a next step in our dedicated device strategy, the core and primary focus of our business.” He also said that it is set to bring in something new.

“As far as NX goes, I’ve said it is different and obviously a new experience,” he said. “If you look back to the beginning of our conversation today, we talked about the transition from Wii hardware to the Wii U hardware and how difficult it is to explain to the consumer base what is different and new about the new hardware. It’s difficult to convince them to switch from their current platform to the next platform.”

Adding to that, the executive said that while the NX console will indeed be something new, it will not be a mere upgrade of previous consoles, or even a new version of the Wii and the Wii Ubut something entirely new.

“That being said, I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U,” the executive added. “It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.”

While it may not be significant as of the moment, one question was asked several times already: what does the NX in the Nintendo NX mean? Kimishima says he does not know, and that the late Mr. Iwat may have actually brought the secret to it with his passing.

“As for the codename NX, I don’t believe that there’s any real meaning behind it, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t know where it came from,” he said jokingly. “Or perhaps Mr. Iwata had meant to tell me and then never got the chance.”