It looks like Nintendo is retiring the WiiU early
Nintendo has started sending software development kits to unnamed third-party game developers for their newest gaming console in the works, the Nintendo NX.
Very little is known about the Nintendo NX, as the company has kept the console under wraps for the time being. What is known so far is that it’s a mix between a console and a mobile device, although it’s unknown how exactly this will work. The controller for the Nintendo Wii U is somewhat of a mobile device as long as it isn’t too far away from its console, but the NX will likely differ in structure.
Nintendo has only sold 10 million Wii U consoles since its release in 2012, which is much less than the company had hoped. To try and compete with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, Nintendo has stated that they plan to implement better graphics in their newest console by installing “industry-leading chips.” If the NX’s graphics can compete with those found in consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, then Nintendo wouldn’t have as many restrictions with the type of games they could release. Most of Nintendo’s biggest titles are considered party and family games, but with better graphics, they could cater to hardcore gamers.
There are plenty of Nintendo fans that are excited for the developer’s new console, but some are worried that Wii U players will be alienated after the NX is released. Most developers wait more than seven years before releasing a new console, but the Wii U has been out for less than three years. If Nintendo continues to produce new games for the Wii U, then there won’t be a problem. However, if they don’t find it profitable to keep releasing new Wii U games after the NX hits the market, then they may decide to shift their focus on their newest console.
A release date for the NX has yet to be announced, but Nintendo will have an earnings briefing on Oct. 28, which could mean more information will soon be made public.
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