Nintendo’s highly anticipated video game system codenamed NX finally has an official release window. An announcement made by the company on Wednesday reveals that the console will release worldwide in March 2017. Nintendo stated:
For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.
Prior to the announcement it had been widely speculated that the NX would see a 2016 launch in time for the profitable festive period. However now it appears that Nintendo fans will have to wait just that little bit longer to get their hands on the next generation of Nintendo hardware. Bizarrely, the NX won’t even be making an appearance at E3 this year and instead will be officially revealed later in 2016.
That’s not to say that Nintendo doesn’t have some interesting plans for E3 this year though. The company also revealed that the upcoming Legend of Zelda game for Wii U has been delayed yet again to 2017 and will also release in tandem on the NX platform following the system’s launch. In addition, the game will be the only playable title that Nintendo will be bringing to E3 this year.
With only Zelda at E3, and Paper Mario Colour Splash being the only first party Wii U game currently scheduled for 2016 things did just get a whole lot darker for Nintendo fans. But the situation isn’t entirely without merit. Fans can still look forward to the launch of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on the 3DS just in time for Christmas. Also, an apparent lack of games now may indicate that the majority of Nintendo’s developers are in fact working on NX titles. This could just be the calm before the storm so to speak.