Nintendo's NX console won't run Android after all

According to a recent report from Japan, Nintendo may be planning to use Android for its next gaming console, currently codenamed NX. However, it turns out that, for now, the company doesn't have any plans regarding Android.

The Wall Street Journal has it from a Nintendo spokesman that "there is no truth to the report" claiming that the NX would run Android.

Even if it won't be based on Android, the next Nintendo console needs to bring something new and exciting to the table. Sales of Nintendo's current console, the Wii U (pictured above), fell behind Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. Reportedly, the Wii U "alienated software developers", so a new Android-based console would have made perfect sense, as Google's platform attracts a huge number of developers who can create content for any type of devices.

But the Nintendo NX should be launched in 2016, so there's still plenty of time for the Japanese company to figure out the best strategy to tackle competitors (which include not just console vendors, but also makers of smartphones and tablets, many of which are, of course, running Android).

source: The Wall Street Journal



1. gaming64 unregistered

Thnk god it won't. Android is a poor gaming port based on my experience .

2. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Due to piracy game devs are not putting that much effort on android gaming.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Sadly android has 95% s**t badly optimized games, so that is why people are worried. Developing for android is awesome if you only focusing on one phone but when you have 100s maybe even 1000s of different devices makes it much much more difficult.(that is why apple preform better than android with 4 times the ram, same as consoles. Dedicated hardware get s**t done) I might be wrong but I dont think it’s going to turn out good. Ouya, Nvida machines and other android consoles have been MEH at best.

3. waddup121 unregistered


4. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It could be a good thing cause with thousands of Androids release a year Android has already saturated Itself deep enough it has taken the spot for the everyday go to Mobile OS and now when a new feature comes out for Android it's not really a surprise in anyway what so ever cause of all those OEMs doing it before Google Android so It's better to Keep Nintendo and Android separate if Nintendo doesn't want to be lost in a sea of Android OEMs that have gone broke and ended up saying out because they put everything into Android (Like Morons) and couldn't make the cut. The Android Market is only for Fan favorites.

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Good. I hope they really make the next console with the fans in mind. The casuals are done with consoles, now they have mobile. A game cube 2 would be nice.

6. gaming64 unregistered

Hope it comed true. The Gamecube was the last serious Nintendo Console before all the motion control B.S. Era

8. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

well the wii is still their strongest console (sales wise) also i guess the mobile device will be a smartphone with improved gaming hardware (likely something like this also their device will probably feature ibm hardware like most nintendo consoles

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Game cube is their worst selling console next to Nintendo 64. You want Nintendo to go burst or what? Prove that fans really have conflicting ideas.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'd like a "game cube 2" with PS4/Xbox One like specs too But Nintendo's spokesmen are know to lie about their future products/plans e.g. 3ds xl model and they original denied making smartphone games Unless if a nintendo executive says, I'm taking this as another rumor

11. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

As gaming said above, it was their last console without the stupid gimmicks, but a regular console. Rumors actually suggest that NX might combine the 3DS and Wii U. If done correctly, that would be really awesome.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And how do you combine a portable and tabletop a console?? Really do you guys even bother to think before you post?

7. TBomb

Posts: 1500; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm seeing this from a different angle... With Android being as popular as it is andiOS being as popular as that is, it'd be hard to get into mobile gaming. I feel like finding a way to get users to play their stuff without having to carry around an extra piece of equipment to do it will be key. If they're not dealing with mobile, then they need to get to the intense graphics and games like PS and xbox have to compete. Making child games with cartoon characters and marketing towards the yougner crowd is difficult to gain traction by because the audience just wants something cool to look at... and flashing lights/splattering blood and loud noises is what grabs their attention. Not creating a little character to "look" like them. My opinion

12. TechDork

Posts: 402; Member since: May 10, 2010

They need to bring back the GameBoy...

13. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Piracy is killing android game ecosystem... Nintendo is very delicate when comes to piracy... Windows Phone will be more reasonable

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Android at its core isn’t responsible for any of the piracy, it’s the shell creators responsibility to write code proper to hinder piracy.

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