The oh so mysterious Nintendo NX should hopefully be launching next year, and a lot of Nintendo fans (including myself) have been wondering what the fate of the Wii U and 3DS will be once the new hardware launches.
“NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero,” Iwata said during a shareholder presentation. “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,”
Apparently Nintendo is talking to both the NX’s internal and external developers on “how to continue creating software for Wii U and 3DS” after the NX is realised to the public.
“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,” Iwata said.
He also acknowledged that some people were not satisfied with the Wii U, as he said to an investor “I cannot disagree with your indication that Wii U is experiencing the most unfavorable situation.”
Iwata hopes that the NX will be better than anything we’ve seen from Nintendo, “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