Nintendo’s next hardware platform is the Nintendo NX. Just when it is being released is unknown, but at Nintendo’s 75th annual shareholders meeting, company president Satoru Iwata was asked to comment on whether Nintendo would continue to support the Wii U after the NX has been released.
“Regarding your concern about what will happen to Wii U or what will happen to Nintendo 3DS, NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero. When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX,” Iwata replied.
“Therefore, while we are preparing NX for the future, we are discussing within our internal development teams as well as with the second-party developers we co-develop software with and also with third-party software publishers about how to continue creating software for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. So, I believe that your point of concern should not happen immediately. As for Wii U, we will continue to make efforts, as it is a priority within the company to think about how we can satisfy the consumers who purchased this system to the maximum extent possible.”
In effect, Iwata is claiming that Nintendo will continue to support both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, at least for a time, once the Nintendo NX has launched.