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Nintendo won’t abandon Wii U owners as NX development amps up

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Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata says the gaming giant will not leave Wii U and 3DS owners high and dry as the firm works towards the next-gen NX console.

Speaking at an investor meeting, Iwata says the company will still prioritise users of its current consoles as it prepares to debut the NX console next year.

The chief executive said (via Cheesemeister): "The NX is new hardware, and will start from zero.”

"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 may be stating the obvious, but the statement remains newsworthy given the Wii U’s continuing struggles and the importance of Nintendo’s next move.

"We will continue making 3DS and Wii U software while preparing for the NX," Iwata added. "We are prioritising satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U.”

That’s good news for loyal, long-suffering Wii U owners who’ve seen third-party interest in the platform drop to an all-time low and delays for big-name first-party titles like The Legend of Zelda until 2016.

Nintendo doesn’t plan to unveil the NX console until next year, with an E3 2016 launch a serious possibility.

Details remain thin on the ground right now, but below are TrustedReviews’ gaming editor Sam Loveridge’s hopes for the all-important machine.

Read more: Nintendo NX: Here's what we want to see

Nintendo fans, share your hopes and expectations in the comments section. Meanwhile, you can take a look at how Mario might look on the NX in the video below.

fried_egg

June 30, 2015, 12:50 pm

The past (Gamecube) suggests Nintendo would stick to their word if the world worked the same way as it used to. But this is a new world and words are easy (even in Japan)... what will help ensure work continues on U games is how similar the hardware is with regard to the ease to adapt games across to the new platform (as happened to games "coming" to the snes that ended up on the n64, and to the n64 that ended up on the cube)... Of course if the hardware is similar that could be a problem! Nintendo needs a new strategy, and it may be good timing to join the "arms race" that it avoided with the Wii & Wii U now that "specs" are now established and unlikely to go too much higher for a while in the PS and Xbx worlds.. Gimmicks failed to sell the U like they did the Wii.... they need to be high end power as the lower end is being swallowed up by ios/android platforms.

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