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Nintendo NX will launch in March 2017

The console will be a "brand-new concept," and it won't make its debut at E3 - but new Zelda will

Nintendo has ended a full year of speculation by confirming that its next console, currently known as "NX," will be launched worldwide in March 2017.

The company made the announcement as part of its full-year earnings report, which was released this morning. No hard details about the new system were provided, save for the fact that it will be a, "brand-new concept."

"For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed "NX" with a brand-new concept," the company said. "NX will be launched in March 2017 globally."

The NX could prove to be pivotal for Nintendo, arriving at a time when it was ceded virtually all of the ground it gained with the wildly successful Wii. That console's successor, the Wii U, has been a commercial disappointment, selling just 12.6 million units in three years on the market. To put that in context, the PlayStation 4 reached that figure after a year on sale.

The need for new hardware was also apparent in the company's balance sheet, which showed a steep decline in profits for the fiscal year ended March 31 2016.

Update: Nintendo will not show the NX at E3 this year, the company has said, choosing instead to focus on the new game in the Zelda franchise.

According to the Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki, who was present during Nintendo's investor briefing today, the NX will not make its debut at E3. However, a new Zelda game, in development for both Wii U and NX, will make an appearance. Mochizuki also confirmed that the new Zelda game will be released for both platforms next year.

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Christophe Danguien games developer 3 years ago
They must have a lot of faith in the new Zelda then...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christophe Danguien on 27th April 2016 9:52am

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Christophe Danguien games developer 3 years ago
Or some 3rd party asked for more time to have their games ready for launch...I just still can't believe we won't get any thing about it at E3 >_<
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Well, if that Zelda LAUNCHES with the NX, it'll do quite well as I think that will be a first for the franchise and an instant hit. Wii U holder-onners will have something to play as well and I fully expect that game to do extremely well as well as confuse the modern reviewers who won't grasp why the same game is out for two consoles simultaneously. Oh, and toss in the "but one HAS to LOOK better than the other because the new system is more powaful!" crowd. Yuck.
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Christophe Danguien games developer 3 years ago
If the same Zelda is launched on both system, it's a double-edged sword. They can show the new power (or new feature) of the NX by putting comparison videos of the game on both system....but it might stop some people from buying it on Wii U for instance and wait for Xmas 2017 to buy the NX with the new Zelda...I know in the end , it will mean more NX sold, but less Zelda sold initially as well.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 3 years ago
Zelda, when you technically want a title that runs on both of your platforms, but what you really want is to bury one of them.

If we are honest, the elephant in the room will be the big third party publishers and the willingness of NX customers to also buy their games; to a lesser degree indies.
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Joo Namorado Project Manager, Portugal Telecom3 years ago
It's The Twilight Princess again. Started as a Gamecube game, launched simultaneously on the Gamecube and the Wii. I was commenting with a friend that the new Zelda was going the same way just a week ago.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Given that not EVERY Wii U owner will be able to afford an NX at launch (SOME in this business think all consumers are money suited early adopters when that's not the case for those on a budget who may buy a handful of new games a year and the rest used or on sale), Zelda on both platforms makes sense if both have the same content and deliver the same experience. As I intend to not buy an NX until I see more titles I want to play, I'm one of those who'll be getting my Zelda fix on the Wii U (from which this post was slooowly tapped out on, lol)
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
It's The Twilight Princess again. Started as a Gamecube game, launched simultaneously on the Gamecube and the Wii. I was commenting with a friend that the new Zelda was going the same way just a week ago.
Technically the Wii version launched a few weeks earlier. They pushed back the Gamecube version for technical (*cough*--higher Wii software sales--*cough*)reasons. So if the NX is backward compatible with Wii U games then expect the the Wii U version to also arrive later than the NX version, just like before.
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Rafael Brown Creative Director/Co-Founder, Digital Myths Studio, Inc3 years ago
Christophe, Nintendo has never and will never base decisions on 2nd or 3rd parties, ever. Having worked closely with Nintendo in the past, you give feedback when you can. And they do whatever they want with it. Their launches are based solely on their own software slate with no regards to partners.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany3 years ago
If you see what Nintendo offered in last year's E3, you can guess that maybe the event is not that important for them anymore. Although skipping the chance to make all the E3 eyes over them is surely not a decision they made lightly. Maybe the console is, in fact, behind schedule, or they want the premiere to take place during the TGS later this year?
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Robert Bantin Senior Audio Programmer, Massive Entertainment3 years ago
My only question about the NX is this: Will it have a modern tool chain, or the shonky 90s-era nonsense the WiiU had? I have no interest in repeating the experience I had with the WiiU, and when you think about it, it's developers that have to be sold on a new platform first, or else there won't be many games to sell the platform with once it's out in the wild.
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