“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”
Nintendo in a 2016 fiscal year earnings report on Wednesday April 27 2016
Great news Nintendo Fans!!!!
Nintendo has finally dropped the date for the arrival of their next gaming console. The much anticipated Gaming console will be available in March 2017 and will be codenamed ‘NX’, as per their tweet on their Nintendo’s American Twitter account.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 27, 2016
The official news, however was mentioned during a 2016 fiscal year earnings report on Wednesday April 27th 2016. According to that report the new Legend of Zelda game has also been delayed to 2017 and would be available on both the Wii U and the NX.
Nintendo not killing off Wii – No word on a VR console from Nintendo
So yes Nintendo Wii fans, the Wii is not being killed off by the NX, but will still be manufactured for and given support for some time to come. This is somewhat surprising, considering it has only soled some 12.8 million units since launch in 2012 and lag behind the market leading PS4 with some 35 million-plus sales and the Microsoft’s Xbox One, which has sold some 18 million units.
It still unclear if the Nintendo NX is trying to pre-empt the launch of PlayStation VR which is tentatively priced at US$399 and is slated to drop in October 2016 as noted in How US$399 Playstation VR coming in October started a VR Console War.
Even more confusing is whether or not the NX is a Virtual Reality console or more of a challenger to the more popular PS4 and Xbox One given that VR is the much touted saviour of console gaming as noted in How CES 2016 is going VR thanks to HTC, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung and Oculus.
Worse with Final Fantasy XV coming in September 2016, expect Sony to up the launch date to September 2016 as predicted in How Final Fantasy XV on PlayStation 4 means PlayStation VR in September 2016.
So if Legend of Zelda is being delayed and no other titles are being announced, then how will they challenge the likes of Playstation VR?
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