In a recent interview with Nintendo’s President, Tatsumi Kimishima, Time magazine was able to uncover a few nuggets of information about Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX.
Kimishima highlighted the difficulty that comes with trying to convince customers to make the leap to the next generation of console, highlighting in particular the transition between Wii and Wii U. That said, he stressed that what Nintendo is developing now is a very different machine from its last two consoles”
“I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. 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.”
Kimishima also mentioned a number of other interesting pieces of information. This included his view that Nintendo shouldn’t blindly put its IP onto mobile devices, and also that smart devices are part of a bigger picture about how Nintendo presents itself. Its upcoming My Nintendo and Nintendo Account features are just a part of this though.
“What we really want to do is we want people to want to interact with our IP,” he says. “And so we want to increase the frequency with which they encounter our IP, whether that’s through theme parks, or merchandize with our IP, or just images and visual interactions with Nintendo IP.”
The idea of a Nintendo theme park is certainly something which I’m sure many fans would welcome (if done right). Indeed, it is interesting that this suggestion is made the same time that rumors have emerged that Universal Studios may be looking to secure land to build a third theme park in Orlando Florida. Nintendo had previously announced a partnership with Universal Studios earlier this year.
Further information on the NX is not expected until next year, but Nintendo is clearly intending to go in a new direction with it following on from Wii and Wii U. As for the codename NX? Kimishima confirmed that he doesn’t actually know where the name came from: “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. Or perhaps Mr. Iwata had meant to tell me and then never got the chance.”