Japan’s most respected business newspaper, the Nikkei Shimbun, today raised the possibility that Nintendo’s mysterious upcoming system – codenamed NX – may be based on Google’s Android operating system. The report is curiously sourced to a single anonymous insider, and takes the form of a column, not a typical news story; moreover, the Nikkei has a spotty record with Nintendo in particular.
But that doesn’t make the proposition any less fascinating, and it’s one I’ve been considering myself for some time. Although it would be an unusual move for the Japanese giant, which is famously hesitant to cede control over any aspect of its products, there are a lot of reasons why it might make sense – and why it wouldn’t contradict Nintendo’s own philosophy.
Would you buy a handheld gaming device in this day and age? If it could also make phone calls and run proper Android applications, would you ditch your other Android device for it?
I doubt it.