Jun 03, 2015 06:13 PM EDT
A spokesman for Nintendo Co. confirmed June 2 that “there is no truth to the report” saying their new console will run on the Android platform. This is in response to The Nikkei’s published news, who cited sources from the Kyoto company headquarters, that codename NX will be running the Google-developed platform earlier this week.
Nintendo has recently been active in seeking out partnerships with various industries to improve its share of the videogame market. Despite their previous statements that they will never bring their beloved characters to mobile and tablet games, they partnered with DeNa in March of this year to develop their games for said devices. An article from the Universal Orland Resort website also reports that it has partnered with Nintendo for a new theme park attraction last May 7.
The debunked report that Nintendo has finally opened its doors to freelance game developers via Android, was certainly a shocking but welcome idea. In fact, if you visit Nintendo’s official site, it will politely, albeit inevitably, ask you to look elsewhere if you’re a game developer looking for work.
Even if the Nintedo next generation console won’t be developed in the Android platform, Nintendo fans still have a lot to look forward to. The company is eyeing on developing their own membership service that will allow consumers to connect, regardless of their device. This bold strategy aims to capture both iOS and Android users who can both purchase and download exclusively developed content. Despite earlier statements from Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, confirmed that it will not be porting existing games, the company promises to deliver games tailored for smart devices. This sound business decision is to avoid devaluation of all its existing consoles and handheld devices.
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