Rumour: Nintendo’s next console to run Android?

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Ever since Nintendo’s announced its new console by way of the NX alongside its partnership with mobile gaming company DeNA, there’s been a great deal of speculation, conjecture and making stuff up that suggests that Nintendo’s next system would essentially be a mobile platform wrapped us as a console. We even surmised that the NX could be a hybrid mobile system that ties the company’s home console and handhelds together. A new report from Japan’s Nikkei says the Nintendo NX will run on Android. Ugh.

According to Nikkei’s insider sources, Nintendo’s NX will run Android, and that sends shivers all through my spine. Android, as an operating system, has pretty much proven how ineffective it is for gaming consoles – with Android Micro-consoles like the Ouya and its ilk popping up and disappearing before anybody even cares.

“They have an insider source who claims that the OS for the platform will be Android based, and that it is a paradigm shift for Nintendo business-wise,” Says a neoGaf user who’s translated the Japanese text that Google’s translate turns in to an indecipherable tome. “The source goes on to say that when third parties abandoned Nintendo’s WiiU one by one, it caused turning point in the company.

So while they have had a philosophy of developing their own software and hardware concepts internally for all these years, they are now prepared to embrace a more open platform with Android, to allow developers more flexibility in making content that can also be on smartphones and tablets.”

Of course, just the fact that it runs on Android (or like, an Android derivative) doesn’t mean that it’ll be like those other thousand Android Microconsoles. It could end up packing a new-gen Tegra chip, and be a decidedly powerful next-gen system – though the Android focus very nearly convinces me that Nintendo’s new system will indeed be a hybrid one; a natural evolution of the Wii U – a sort of tablet that you can plug in to your TV for one-the-go and dedicated gaming experiences. It could be amazing. It could be a disaster.

Last Updated: June 1, 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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