Yesterday, Macronix International, a Taiwan-based company which focuses on producing memory chips for computers and other hardware, held its Results conference call for the fourth quarter of 2015. While they discussed a fair number of different topics, one item in particular stands out to us in the gaming community: the company confirmed that they will be producing memory products for Nintendo’s next generation hardware, the NX. Macronix has previously worked with Nintendo on manufacturing chips for use in Nintendo DS and 3DS games, and with rumors that NX will have a handheld component, this continuation of their partnership isn’t terribly surprising.
Not only that, but translations of the reports coming out of this meeting indicate that the NX will be launching
this year, rather than in 2017 as many have presumed. But before you get too excited, it’s important to note that this may have merely been an assumption of those reporting on the meeting, rather than something stated by the president himself. No direct quote is given which includes this information, so it’s hard to tell if it’s fact or wishful thinking on a reporter’s part. Below is the full translation of the report, as provided by NeoGAF user Jim_Cacher; read it over and decide for yourselves:
Prestigious Japanese videogame console maker Nintendo will launch a new console called NX this year. General Manager of Macronix, CY Lu, said Macronix will provide products for NX and that Macronix has considerable expectations to NX.
In the afternoon, Macronix had held an online conference for investors. As Nintendo is going to launch new console NX this year, investors concern about if Macronix, which have a long-term cooperative relationship with Nintendo, is still part of NX’s supply chain.
CY Lu said Macronix will supply memory slots for NX, and that the company has considerable expectation to NX.
Even though CY Lu declined to comment whether the supplied products are ROM, he said he expects ROM sales this year will be exceptional.
Whether or not NX actually is launching in 2016, we already know that we’ll be learning a lot more about it as the year goes on. Are you excited to get more news about Nintendo’s next hardware?