Update: A spokesperson for Nintendo has recently dismissed the claims of their newest platform NX running on Android software. It was reported after a post on Nikkei, a Japanese business site, that Nintendo’s new mobile platform would be Android based but it has been proven that this is not the case.

The unnamed spokesperson, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal was quoted as saying “There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX”

A reveal for the NX is very unlikely for E3 2015 and is more likely possible to be shown in 2016 after the console has gone further in the development cycle.

Original: A report from Nikkei apparently hints that Nintendo’s upcoming platform, codenamed NX, will be Android based. The post was found and translated by a NeoGAF user Duckroll. The report specifically mentions, as translated by Kotaku that an “operating system loaded with Android…would be able to speed up getting all game developers on board” but could just be a possibility to attract third party developers.

The development of the NX off Android software should be able to give developers greater flexibility in creating games for mobile devices and tablets and considering the recent partnership with DeNA, it seems even more likely that the NX will be heavily influenced by the mobile market.


Rumors that Nintendo had lost their “passion or vision” for creating games due to a move to the mobile market have been debatable. The existence of a “dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept” like the NX could be enough to quash those rumors and give proof to Iwata’s statement that the new expansion has given them an “even stronger passion and vision”

Sources: IGN, Nikkei, Eurogamer

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