Nintendo shuts down Android console rumors

Nintendo’s a name that’s nearly synonymous with video games, having brought engaging interactive experiences to arcades, living rooms, and even our pockets, going back decades now. As the gaming landscape evolves, even a juggernaut like Nintendo needs to face the realities of change or be left behind. To that end, the company announced last month that it’s finally branching out into smartphone gaming, sharing plans for five smartphone titles coming out over the course of the next couple years. So when rumors arrived yesterday suggesting that Nintendo’s future gaming plans could be even more focused on mobile platforms, and its next console might even run Android (or at least something heavily based on Android), the idea didn’t sound completely crazy. But now the company’s speaking up to set things straight, clarifying that an Android Nintendo console isn’t in the works.

The console in question is codenamed NX, which Nintendo announced last month alongside word of those smartphone games. Described as a “dedicated game system,” Nintendo hasn’t yet shared many details about just what form it will take or how it will operate, leaving the door open for speculation.

Responding to that rumor, Nintendo asserts, “There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.”

That doesn’t do much to help clarify what we can actually expect from NX, but at least we know one avenue Nintendo won’t be pursuing.

None of this does anything to change the company’s plans for those five smartphone games, which appear to still be in development for release in the months to come.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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