It is incredibly misleading when people use Satoru Iwata’s wishy-washy comments from a Q&A session as inarguable evidence that Nintendo never considered a hybrid device during any stages of NX’s development. In 2014, when Satoru Iwata commented on unifying home consoles with handhelds, he never flat-out confirmed whether NX would be a single form factor or multiple form factors. This was something that was recently pointed out by Wired’s Chris Kohler. There is no proof that Satoru Iwata said NX would not be a hybrid device.
“Still, I am not sure if the form factor (the size and configuration of the hardware) will be integrated. In contrast, the number of form factors might increase. Currently, we can only provide two form factors because if we had three or four different architectures, we would face serious shortages of software on every platform.
Whether we will ultimately need just one device will be determined by what consumers demand in the future, and that is not something we know at the moment. However, we are hoping to change and correct the situation in which we develop games for different platforms individually and sometimes disappoint consumers with game shortages as we attempt to move from one platform to another, and we believe that we will be able to deliver tangible results in the future.”
— Former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, January 2014
Based on these Satoru Iwata quotes, there is nothing that confirms nor denies a hybrid device. He simply says that they are weighing numerous possible options, conducting various experiments, and analyzing consumer demand, to better determine the best strategy going forward.
Iwata on the system’s form factor: “Still, I am not sure if the form factor will be integrated”
Iwata on whether they’ll create one device: “That is not something we know at the moment”
Iwata on whether they’ll create multiple form factors: “the number of form factors might increase” — Notice: The phrase is “might increase”…not “will increase”.
Unfortunately, reading comprehension won’t stop the knuckleheads (who believe Nintendo is creating a $400 x86 dream machine) from putting words into Iwata’s mouth so they can discredit reports from Wall Street Journal, Eurogamer, MCV, SemiAccurate, IGN, and many others.