It’s official, Nintendo is set to launch its next home console, the Nintendo NX, in stores on March 2017. That comes just over four years after the release of the Nintendo Wii U which hit stores in November 2012.
Nintendo revealed the news as part of a financial earnings announcement. Their statement was: “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.”
They also confirmed there are no plans to show off the console at E3 this year, instead the focus will be around the new “The Legend of Zelda” game which will be playable for the first time at this year’s show. Both a Wii U and NX version of the game will be released simultaneously in 2017.
That’s all the official information there is. Unofficially though, there’s various reports about the potential hardware. The most likely scenario is a combination of both a dedicated console and a mobile device that can be used in conjunction with or separate to the main machine.
Power wise the new console is said to be more in line with both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, while the operating system could be based on Android. Proper information about the console is expected to come later this year.