Nintendo is headed to mobile and a new platform

There are some big things happening at Nintendo. We thought its partnership with mobile game developer DeNA was the biggest, but no! The hardware giant is also working on its next dedicated console, simply codenamed NX.

We still don't know what this really is.

We still don’t know what this really is.

We know absolutely nothing about this new console (like whether or not it’s a new handheld or a home console design), besides president Satoru Iwata’s announcement that it represents a “brand new concept” for the company:

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.

We’ll also be waiting a little while before finding out anything else – Nintendo‘s promised more will be revealed about the NX in 2016.

The DeNA news, also announced at a press conference last night, was a little more detailed. Both companies are working together on games based on Nintendo IP that will be playable on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Rather than an outright shift, Nintendo explains that these new (premium) games are designed to work alongside existing dedicated platforms. Smartphone games will provide another alternative for gamers who already play on Wii U or 3DS, but also create a new entry point for people who might never otherwise pick up a gaming device.

Of course, the deal will also benefit DeNA, who can now use Nintendo‘s rock-solid characters and games to strengthen its growing business.

The two companies aren’t just signing a piece of paper, either: Nintendo is buying around 10% of DeNA‘s shares, while DeNA will soon own just over 1% of Nintendo‘s.

We’re expecting to see the fruits of this partnership before the end of the year.

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