Nintendo NX Console May Run on Android

Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the Nintendo NX, may use Google’s Android platform as its operating system, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

In a recent article from the publication, Nintendo highlighted the fact that third-parties were not able to easily move between developing games for other gaming hardware and Nintendo’s console.

Instead, the console’s architecture required developers to create titles specifically for Wii U and, as a result, development costs tend to be greater.

Nintendo has not provided any information on its next console beyond the codename. With this in mind, it’s important to note that this is currently a rumour, albeit one from a publication with a reliable track record.

According to CEO Satoru Iwata, the company will not reveal the Nintendo NX until 2016, which means it will not be featured in its E3 2015 showcase.

The hardware’s development was first confirmed March, along with Nintendo’s plans to bring its games and IP to mobiles and smartphones.

At the time, Iwata said that the hardware project represents a “brand-new concept”, but didn’t elaborate further.

“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’,” Iwata explained at the press conference.

“It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”

Nintendo has also confirmed that, along with the Nintendo NX, its mobile and quality of life titles will also not be shown at E3.

“Since we understand that E3 is an event for dedicated video game machines, we do not intend to discuss the smart devices as well as quality of life,” said Iwata.

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