Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has reiterated that the Nintendo NX is going to be "unique and different", while assuring us that Nintendo's next console isn't just the next version of the Wii or Wii U.
"As far as NX goes, I've said it's different and obviously a new experience," Kimishima told Time. "If you look back to the beginning of our conversation today, we talked about the transition from Wii hardware to the Wii U hardware and how difficult it is to explain to the consumer base what is different and new about the new hardware. It's difficult to convince them to switch from their current platform to the next platform."
"That being said, I can assure you we're not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. It's something unique and different. It's something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base."
Despite the fact that the Wii U is not selling as well as expected, a little over 10 million units, Kimishima has stated that Nintendo will keep supporting the console even as they are working on the Nintendo NX. "What I want to do, I think our first job right now is to make sure that the customers, those 10 million customers who have a Wii U at home have software to play. And we need to make sure that they are satisfied with their purchase and continue to enjoy playing on this platform.
"So we can't just abandon them and say 'Hey, it's time to move on to the next thing.' Of course we are working on NX and looking at the experiences we can bring to that platform. But first our job at this point is to support the consumers who have purchased Wii U and make sure that they have software experiences available to them."
Nintendo will reveal more details about the Nintendo NX in 2016.