In a recent press conference held in Japan, Nintendo has cryptically teased a mysterious new high concept hardware system codenamed “Nintendo NX”. Here’s the slide shown during the conference.

“As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX’,” said Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata. “It is too early to elaborate on the details of this project, but we hope to share more information with you next year.”

In addition, the company has announced an emerging partnership with the mobile gaming developers DeNA, in an effort to both create a new “membership service” that will integrate all aspects of Nintendo entertainment on mobile, PC, and the upcoming Nintendo NX.

This partnership will also bring all of Nintendo’s beloved IP to smartphones. That’s right – Mario, Link and Samus are about to make their debut on mobile devices in the coming year. Nintendo has promised that none of these new games will be a port of an existing WII U or 3DS game, but instead will be completely original titles.

“Both companies will develop and operate new game apps based on Nintendo’s IP, including its iconic game characters, for smart devices,” said Nintendo in a statement.

“To ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only new original games optimised for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system.”

Both Nintendo NX and Nintendo’s future plans for mobile devices are still shrouded in mystery, but this is indeed huge news to gamers and Nintendo fans everywhere.

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