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For many of us, Nintendo have been a part of growing up. From the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), through to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and all the way up through M64, GameCube and the Wii systems; all long before mobile phones were around. Now according to a report from Nikkei they’re looking to the future by basing their next games console on the Android operating system.

While the translation is not the best, Kotaku have done a bit more digging and found that Nintendo have decided that instead of further developing their own platform the NX will feature Android as the base operating system. The huge bonus for Nintendo on this front is the volume of game developers already actively pushing their products into the Android space.

“This would be able to speed up getting all game developers on board.”

With the previous news that Nintendo will enter the Mobile Gaming Market, this may be the logical step for them to move to an Android based platform simplifying development and maximising market share.

Has the games console market got serious competition with the Nvidia Shield on its way and now a Nintendo competitor, or is it still Xbox Vs Playstation?

Source: Nikkei.
Via: Kotaku.
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Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson
5 years ago

This rumour also did the rounds before the Wii U came out.

Fer
Fer
5 years ago

Poor Nintendo, Android’s pirates are going to eat them alive

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson
Reply to  Fer
5 years ago

I doubt they are going to run stock Android.

Fer
Fer
Reply to  Darren Ferguson
5 years ago

Stock or not, pirates and Android are always synonyms, and this turned out to be a fake, I’m so glad of that

Matt
Matt
5 years ago

If it’s true.. Android. Not the Google Play ecosystem.

Strand
Strand
5 years ago

I can see the next handheld running Android, but console?

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
5 years ago

Nintendo entering the Android console market will turn it into a 4-way contest, and so far, no-one has any actual sixes on the board.

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
5 years ago

More the merrier I say. Competition growth and volume are all good for the platform. You sneak android or android TV into a “mainstream” console brand and it will up the distribution for developers and perhaps drive more and better apps and services to the platform.

MrJayTee74
MrJayTee74
5 years ago

Kotaku headline: “Rumor: Nintendo’s Next Console Will Use Android”
Ausdroid headline: “Nintendo’s new console to run on Android”
Did anyone else spot the difference?

Myk
Myk
5 years ago

I thought their business model was game licencing?

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson
Reply to  Myk
5 years ago

To whom?

They make all their money from selling consoles and games.

Myk
Myk
Reply to  Darren Ferguson
5 years ago

Licencing games written by other people to run on their platforms. That’s their major income stream, not the hardware. Selling an Android device makes no sense for them. They lose control of the platform.

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson
Reply to  Myk
5 years ago

They would not use stock android. Amazon has not lost control of their platform although it hasn’t been too successful.
I suppose licensing fees for their handholds would be decent, but 3rd party support on their consoles isn’t always great.

All their hardware has always been sold at profit bar the 3DS at one point I believe. And a lot of their games have a pretty high adoption rate. I expect that is where a lot of their money comes from.