In this day and age, rumors and leaks are everywhere. To their credit, sometimes a certain rumor or leak are proven to be true. Thus, when we hear a rumor that “makes sense”, we wonder for a while if it is indeed true. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t.
Yesterday, a rumor spread like wildfire that stated that the next-generation console for Nintendo, codename NX, would be running on the Android operating system. Why? Because it would allow developers to not only develop games for the NX more easily (as they’ve already used Android to make mobile games), but it would also tie into Nintendo’s new initiative to not only be in the mobile game market and have an “all-in-one” membership service. It is one that no doubt would benefit from a popular OS system like Android.
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, there is no basis for these rumors. According to one Nintendo spokesman:
“There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.”
This is interesting for numerous reasons. First off, Nintendo cut off the rumor cold, something they don’t do unless they know it’s not true. Most times they’ll say something like, “we do not comment on rumors”, but they didn’t do that here.
Second, this obviously means that they already know what OS system they’ll use for NX, which no doubt fueled the quick rejection. With little details to go on right now, and the promise that we’ll hear nothing from it at E3, no doubt more rumors and speculation about the NX will continue to build.