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It’s happening! Nintendo has just dropped a bombshell today, revealing that they are working on a new console baring the codename “NX”. What does this mean? Well here is what Nintendo’s chief executive Satoru Iwata had to say at a press conference today:

“As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX’. It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”

This statement came moments after Nintendo revealed a partnership with DeNA to bring games to mobile platforms. As of right now, it is hard to say if this will be a replacement for the New 3DS or Wii U or both (Nintendo Fusion anyone?), but either way, it seems like Nintendo is preparing for change. Wii U is currently the weakest link in a long chain so at this point it makes sense for Nintendo to introduce something new and innovative.

Nintendo’s approach to online might be different this time as well. When Club Nintendo was announced to be going down, Nintendo said it will be replaced with a loyalty system. That loyalty system seems to be linked within the console in some shape or form:

“Nintendo will be the primary party to operate this new membership service. Unlike the Club Nintendo membership service that Nintendo has been operating, the new membership service will include multiple devices and create a connection between Nintendo and each individual consumer regardless of the device the consumer uses.”

Right now this news is pretty vague but one thing is certain: change. When Nintendo reveals this platform, it will send shockwaves throughout the industry. Nintendo has something big planned.

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