Nintendo Announces NX, its Next Gaming Hardware Platform

Nintendo has announced their next gaming hardware platform, though refused to give any details. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata made the announcement today at a media event where he also revealed Nintendo’s new partnership with DeNA.

Codenamed the NX, this hardware represents a brand-new concept, though Iwata did not elaborate. In fact, the announcement was only made to assuage fears that the company might abandon hardware development.

“As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX,'” Iwata explained. “It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”

Could NX be the Wii U’s successor? Perhaps the 3DS, which has had a longer shelf life than the Wii U? Perhaps this is the hardware that will bridge the gap between handheld and home console? We likely won’t get any clear indication of what NX is until E3 2016, where new hardware is typically announced.