Any excuse to use this photo

Nintendo's "big three" - Reggie Fils-Aime, Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto - have been speaking to Time about the company's future hardware platform, Nintendo NX.

The system was recently announced alongside a deal with Japanese mobile firm DeNA, and while little is known about what form it will take at present, the trio were quick to point out that Nintendo remains committed to creating its own hardware.

Nintendo of American president Fils-Aime explained that the system will allow Nintendo to pull together its knowledge of hardware and software, calling Nintendo NX a "marriage of the software with the hardware that together creates a compelling experience."

Iwata insisted that Nintendo NX - and dedicated hardware in general - is key to making sure Nintendo can remain at the cutting edge of game design:

If we don't take an approach that looks holistically at the form a video-game platform should take in the future, then we're not able to sustain Nintendo 10 years down the road. For us to create unique experiences that other companies cannot, the best possible option for us is to be able to develop hardware that can realize unique software experiences.

Meanwhile, Mario and Zelda creator Miyamoto summed up Nintendo's role in the industry, and how Nintendo NX is tied in with its responsibilities. Miyamoto considers it to be Nintendo's "job" to "create new platforms that enable us to create fun new ways to play."

More details on Nintendo NX will be revealed next year.