While not much is currently known about Nintendo’s next console, the Nintendo NX, we are getting confirmation that the NX is getting support from some 3rd part publishers and developers. Square Enix has come out stating that they will seriously consider developing for the NX as it comes out. In a live stream announcing Dragon Quest 11 for the PlayStation 4 and 3DS, Square Enix also through the NX’s cards on the table, stating that the latest Dragon Quest iteration will also be available on Nintendo’s upcoming system.
Nintendo states that they’ll still be supporting the Wii U and the 3DS once the NX is released to consumers. Assembly of the new system might start as early as October, since Nintendo recently finalized a contract with Foxcon Electronics for pilot production of the new system “by October the latest.” However, this is only according to a Taiwan-based technology site called Digitimes and hasn’t exactly been confirmed by many other sources.
“NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero,” Nintendo stated when asked about supporting the Wii U and 3DS after the NX’s release. “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.”
When asked about the NX, Nintendo stated little past “it’s a brand new concept.” The “brand new concept” idea is what helped make the Wii the most successful console of the 7th generation, and what made the Wii U the least successful console of this generation other than the Ouya, so it will be interesting what Nintendo has up their sleaves.