Nintendo won’t drop Wii U and 3DS as they prepare for NX

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There’s a world of speculation that, with Nintendo busy developing its next generation console (which may or may not be a hybrid system), that it’s dropping the Wii U like the hot potato it is, and may even shift focus away from the successful 3DS.

That won’t be happening. Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the company will still support its current machines, and wants those who’ve picked up the Wii U to feel like they’ve made a worthwhile purchase.

“The NX is new hardware, and will start from zero,” Iwata said during a recent investor briefing, reported by Twitter user Nstyles and translated by Cheesemeister.


“However, the 3DS and Wii U have install bases. Immediately cutting off software for previous hardware upon the release of a new machine is inefficient,” Iwata said.


“We are prioritizing satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U,” Iwata added – which should come as a relief to Wii U owners saddened by the relative lack of new games bound for the platform, especially after Nintendo’s lacklustre E3 showing.

The Wii U’s sales issues, like those of the Gamecube really are really quite sad, as both systems are home to some of Nintendo’s best games; Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World and New Super Mario Bros U are shining examples of great iterations in Nintendo’s library of franchises, which may be part of the problem.

The only new IP that’s really made any sort of impact is the excellent Splatoon. Maybe a little more focus on that sort of thing earlier on, and more people would own Wii U’s.

Nintendo’s next console is shrouded in mystery, as they’re afraid people might steal their ideas – which suggests that the NX won’t go the route of the PlayStations or Xboxes of the world by stuffing moar power in to a set top box, lending credence to the swirling prognostication that it’ll be a hybrid console.

Last Updated: June 29, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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