Nintendo’s Near Future Announced: Smart Devices and the Next System
Nintendo announced this Tuesday an “alliance” with one of Japan’s most popular mobile platform developer DeNA to release video game software with Nintendo’s IP (Intellectual Property) and the NX, the in-development codename for the next generational Nintendo platform.
Not much was announced about the next generational hardware, aside from the fact that it is codenamed NX, utilising a “brand new concept”. The NX will also be a part of the new unnamed membership program, along with “… the existing Nintendo 3DS Wii U… smart devices and PCs”. More information will be announced “next year”.
The bulk of the announcement, regarding the partnership between Nintendo and DeNA, Iwata said that they “will not port the [titles from dedicated games systems to smart devices] just as they are”, citing the differences in how games are played on dedicated games systems and the touch screens of smart devices. “If we cannot provide our consumers with the best possible game experiences, it will just ruin the value of Nintendo’s IP.”
“We will create completely new game software that will perfectly match the playstyle of smart devices,” Iwata said.
At the announcement, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said that the alliance was formed not because of a “lost passion”, but because they feel DeNA would help their passion in creating video games. Iwata said that purpose of announcing both the relationship between Nintendo and DeNA and the NX was to show that they are still planning to cater towards software on dedicated gaming systems as well as smart devices.
The relationship between the two companies is said to not be a short term relationship, but a mid to long term relationship.
No examples of potential software or IPs that are planned to be used were given. More information about this partnership is said to be revealed later this year.