With developing for Nintendo’s new console, the NX, supposedly set to begin in October with the console itself likely releasing next year, some might be questioning what that could mean for the company’s existing platforms such as the Wii U and 3DS. As per Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will constantly support those platforms, despite the release of the NX.
“NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero,” Iwata claimed throughout a recent shareholder presentation, the English translation which was publicized on Thursday.
“When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX,” he added.
This suit with what Nintendo declared earlier, while the company described that the NX is not an ordinary replacement for the Wii U and 3DS.
Iwata continued to say that Nintendo is actually holding discussions with internal and external developers regarding “how to continue creating software for Wii U and 3DS” after the release of the NX.
“As for Wii U, we will continue to make efforts, as it is a priority within the company to think about how we can satisfy the consumers who purchased this system to the maximum extent possible,” he added.
Additionally, throughout the shareholder meeting, Iwata recognized that the Wii U has struggled, declaring to an investor, “I cannot disagree with your indication that Wii U is experiencing the most unfavorable situation.”
But he hopes that things can be fully different for the NX.
“I will not share details on NX today, but with regard to the launch of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U not necessarily having progressed well and not acquiring sufficient support from software publishers, we intend to offer NX through a Nintendo-like solution,” he said. “Thank you for understanding that we are making various considerations and preparations in order to avoid what happened with the previous generations.”