Nintendo have announced that their next home console, codenamed the Nintendo NX, will be hitting shelves next spring. The announcement was made not to consumers but to investors, in the company’s quarterly financial statement. Nintendo said: “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.”
While the console’s release is less than a year away, Nintendo claimed it would not be demonstrated at E3 in early June. Instead, the gaming giant plans to dedicate its announcements to the next game in the Legend of Zelda series, set to be released for both Wii U and NX next year.
The tactic is not an original one – The delayed release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in 2006 for both GameCube and Wii allowed the game to serve as a swansong for the less popular older console as well as a blockbuster launch title for the Wii.
Nintendo’s current console, the Wii U, has been floundering in sales since its release in 2012, which critics have attributed to a lack of third party support and a different development environment from rivals the PS4 and Xbox One.
Little is yet known about the NX, including its name. Speculation has included that it might be a hybrid console and handheld, able to be taken on the move as well as played through a television.