E3 2015 is getting closer and closer, and we thought there was a 50% chance of us learning some new details about Nintendo’s previously announced Wii U successor, the Nintendo NX. Unfortunately, Nintendo mentioned in its latest investor briefing that the Nintendo NX will not be discussed at E3 2015, nor will the company be discussing the Nintendo Mobile content coming.
This news comes straight from Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, himself, whom also noted that Nintendo will be focusing on upcoming Wii U games and 3DS content during E3 2015. In fact, Iwata stated that Nintendo doesn’t plan to release any details about the Nintendo NX until 2016.
“We do not plan on talking specifics about the the NX until 2016,” Iwata said. “Presently, we cannot talk about the time period when it will go on sale or what it’s like. Because we are calling it a ‘new concept,’ we are not thinking of this as a ‘simple replacement’ for the 3DS or the Wii U.”
Iwata also made another interesting note during the Q&A portion of the investor call: Nintendo is considering making the NX region-free.
“However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we’re currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realizing it,” he added. “You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I’d like to look at it optimistically going forward.”
If you’re one of the 9 million Wii U owners, this is probably good news, as it sounds as though Nintendo won’t be shifting focus to the Nintendo NX just yet. This surprising news makes us wonder if the Wii U might get a second life at E3 2015.