Nintendo Chief On Why The NX Delay

In the years since its release, Nintendo’s Wii U has come under fire for having a rather small library of games which began with a fairly anaemic launch line-up.

The company seemingly doesn’t intend to make the same mistake again with its next home console the NX. The machine, which many hoped would be out later this year, is instead not launching until March 2017. Speaking about that launch with Kimishima, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima says there’s good reason the console won’t hit this year:

“You are correct about needing a solid lineup of software. One of the reasons for choosing the launch timing that we did is so that the software lineup will be ready in time for the hardware launch. Not only at launch, but we also need to be able to continuously release titles after launch. We are planning for this to be a platform that consumers can enjoy for a long time.

Next, about how we are looking at cost, we are not thinking of launching the hardware at a loss. When Wii U launched, the yen was very strong. I am assuming that situation will not repeat itself. Selling at a loss at launch would not support the business, so we are keeping that [in] mind developing NX.”

The new machine launches with the much anticipated new “Legend of Zelda” game which will also be a available for the Wii U at the same time.