Gamers and media insiders still have no idea what exactly the Nintendo NX is. It will be the house of Mario’s next game platform but whether or not it will be a hybrid of a handheld and typical home console along with what kind of controller it will have is still subject to wild speculation. There’s also rumors of Wii U remasters.
Nintendo announced that the NX will release in March 2017, while also revealing that the next Legend of Zelda game has been delayed so it can launch on both the NX and Wii U simultaneously, something many had already expected after the same thing happened with the original Twilight Princess during the previous console generation transition. During the company’s fiscal year briefing, Nintendo’s President explained a little bit more about the decision for the chosen release window.
Nintendo published President Tatsumi Kimishima’s full presentation from the company’s Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ended March 2016 on their website and in it are slides about upcoming titles, particularly for Nintendo 3DS including the worldwide Winter 2016 release of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Kimishima also reiterated the news that the Nintendo NX console will land early next year. Many fans and industry experts were expecting such information to be made public during E3, but as in recent years, Nintendo is not hosting a full press conference and instead is focusing purely on The Legend of Zelda - their only playable game coming to E3 2016.
The Q&A session with the President revealed more details from queries about the NX release date. One question about the decision to avoid having the system launch during the financial year at a time when Nintendo really needs to improve their income saw Kimishima respond with hints that it is so the company can ensure the NX system has a significant amount of games ready for launch.
"We will introduce NX concepts and details at another time, so I will restrict my answer to the question asked. 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."
Nintendo knows just how much the future of the company is dependent on the success of the NX after the low sales and support for the Wii U, and one way to make sure any system is a hit is to have quality games on it - something the Wii U struggled with in having too few Nintendo greats. Interestingly, another question put to the President enabled him to reiterate just how serious Nintendo is taking mobile gaming after Miitomo reaching 3 million users, stating that the company is treating it mobile as a significant money maker.
"We want to grow smart device gaming as one of the pillars of Nintendo's revenue stream. As for shifting managerial resources in that direction, we have very capable developers who are working on development of games for smart devices, as you already know. Of course, Mr. Miyamoto, our Creative Fellow, is also supporting the business for smart devices."
With E3 being used as a sole focus on The Legend of Zelda, we will have to wait for a very special Nintendo Direct to finally get the official NX reveal that will hopefully include a full and lengthy launch lineup.
Nintendo NX is scheduled to launch March 2017.