Despite some truly great and likely timeless games, the Wii U has had a difficult time getting a foothold due to a variety of elements, including a lack of horsepower and a name that confused consumers, leaving many thinking it was an upgrade for the Wii. All of this means that, with its next piece of hardware, whether it’s handheld, console, or something in between, it need to get away from the name and reputation.
In an interview with Time, Nintendo’s new president Tatsumi Kimishima seemed to confirm that:
“As far as NX goes, I’ve said it’s different and obviously a new experience. If you look back to the beginning of our conversation today, we talked about the transition from Wii hardware to the Wii U hardware and how difficult it is to explain to the consumer base what is different and new about the new hardware. It’s difficult to convince them to switch from their current platform to the next platform,” Kimishima said.
“That being said, I can assure you we’re not building the next version of the Wii or Wii U. It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.”
That last part, I’d guess, is Kimishima hinting that backwards compatibility will not be part of the equation as the system moves away from the PowerPC architecture and away from the form factors of the Wii and Wii U.