At E3 one expected piece of news was surprisingly absent, news about the Nintendo NX. Satoru Iwata reasoned that the decision was made as a result of not wanting competitors taking their ideas and copying them.
The machine was briefly mentioned by Reggie Fils-Aimé at E3 when he referred to it as Nintendo’s “next home console” but that was about all we got.
In a Nintendo shareholder meeting, Satoru Iwata warned
We can’t talk about the NX. If we do, competitors may take our ideas and customers won’t be surprised. This would not be beneficial for the company or its shareholders.
The NX is new hardware, and will start from 0. However, the 3DS and Wii U have install bases. Immediately cutting off software for previous hardware upon the release of a new machine is inefficient.
We will continue making 3DS and Wii software while preparing for the NX. We are prioritising satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U.