Codename NX Won’t Be Sold At A Loss, Mobile Games To Be One of Nintendo’s “Pillars”

Some further interesting pieces of information have emerged regarding Nintendo’s future-plans — more specifically, the still-ambiguous Codename NX and the company’s expanding ventures into mobile gaming. During a Q&A at the company’s most recent Investors Briefing, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima stated that the company expect Wii U sales, in the fiscal year ending March 2017, to be roughly 800,000 units — a decrease of nearly two and a half million units compared to the previous year, but reassured that the NX would not be sold at a loss. When asked about NX’s targeted release of March 2017, Kimishima explained Nintendo’s mind-set was that “the amount of quality software for consumers to play that is available at launch is important.” 

When asked about the company’s decision against releasing NX during the holiday season window, Kimishima added: “we want consumers to continue to play this game system for many years, so we believe that in the beginning it is most important to make sure that everything is in order at launch.” Adding: “In that sense, our approach is that we should wait until we can provide a fully realized experience rather than rushing to launch in the holiday season.” He elaborates on this by claiming “the software lineup will be ready in time for the hardware launch” — a reference perhaps to the Wii U’s own questionable launch. It’d certainly be wise for Nintendo to avoid the same mistake they made in 2012 via a lack of notable first and third-party titles.

Speaking on the company’s mobile gaming prospects however, Kimishima described this as potentially “one of the pillars of Nintendo’s revenue stream.” It was only recently announced that both Animal Crossing & Fire Emblem would be getting their own mobile spin-off’s and Kimishima states the two IP’s notable contrasts was an intentional decision based on target audience and playerbase, though he remained vague on whether Nintendo will incorporate any form of in-game purchases, as is featured in Miitomo. Kimishima ends by noting sales of both NX hardware/software as well as sales in their mobile gaming sector “will be essential” to cover the Wii U’s notably low expectations in the near future.

From the looks of it, Nintendo’s head sounds confident about the NX’s future, but of course the facts and details surrounding not just the console’s future, but Nintendo’s own future as a video game company, remain atypically vague. You can read up on the full translated Q&A here.