Nintendo’s New Video Game Machine: Nintendo NX

By Vince Matthews

It’s not everyday a video game console company like Nintendo shows its hand when it comes to its next generation console. Especially two years ahead of its launch.

But that’s exactly what happened at a recent press event where Nintendo announced it had a new system already in development.

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Nintendo President Iwata: “A stronger passion and vision for the dedicated video game system business than ever before.”

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said his company was working on a new dedicated game system, codenamed “NX.”

“Nintendo has decided to deploy its video game business on smart devices but it is not because we have lost passion or vision for the business of dedicated video game systems,” Iwata said. “On the contrary, now that we have decided how we will make use of smart devices, we have come to hold an even stronger passion and vision for the dedicated video game system business than ever before.”

“We have come to hold an even stronger passion and vision for the dedicated video game system business than ever before.”

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

In announcing NX, Iwata offered no further details and said Nintendo wouldn’t even talk about the NX until 2016.

What’s in a Name?
Is the NX the actual name of the system? It could be, but it may also remain a codename. Nintendo has been known to re-name systems at launch, as well as go with the original codename, as it did with Nintendo DS. What does NX mean?

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Is NX a new virtual reality system like Nintendo’s Virtual Boy? Doubtful, but anything is possible with Nintendo.

Many video game journalists (including this one) think NX might mean “Nintendo Crossover,” that is, Nintendo would make games that “cross over” to other platforms, like the iOS and Android. This would make sense in light of the recent announcement that Nintendo games like Super Mario Bros. is coming to mobile.

How would that work? Imagine playing a scaled-down version of Mario on your smartphone, where mini-games help you build up a skill you need for the full version of a Nintendo NX game. Learning app development is challenging, how video games are developed equally so, but if anyone can marry these two platforms, it’s Nintendo. And honestly, we can’t wait to see them try!