Nintendo NX Launching March, 2017; Legend of Zelda Delayed To 2017

In a recent filing of their most recent fiscal year, Nintendo has revealed that the Nintendo NX won’t launch until 2017. This is nothing special, given that most gamers expected this from the Big ‘N’, firmly putting five years between the Wii U and the NX. However, what everyone did not expect was that the Legend of Zelda for both the Wii U and NX would also be delayed into 2017.

As stated in Nintendo’s fiscal report ending on March, 2016, the company states…

“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.”

The news quickly began to trend, and tucked in between a myriad of tweets about the Nintendo NX was a tweet from Takashi Mochizuki, the Tokyo reporter from the Wall Street Journal, who shared this gem.

Takashi Mochizuki on Twitter

1. No NX at E3. Will focus on new Zelda

That Tweet alone started its own trending topic.

Mochizuki followed that up with news that the Miitomo revenue wasn’t too far from reality and that the Nintendo NX is not going to be a simple replacement for the 3DS and Wii U.

Takashi Mochizuki on Twitter

Nintendo CEO: NX won’t simply replace 3DS and WiiU

Mochizuki further elaborates in an amended piece on the Wall Street Journal, which explains that Nintendo lost quite a bit of profit over the past year.

Nintendo will, however, leverage their newfound mobile partnerships to produce Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing outings on mobile devices. The news about The Legend of Zelda being delayed isn’t too surprising given that we expected that the game was going to be cross-gen.

Nintendo further clarified that they wanted to further improve the quality of the NX version of The Legend of Zelda in preparation for its release next year.

任天堂株式会社 on Twitter

お知らせ] 全く新しいコンセプトのゲーム機「NX(開発コード名)」の発売時期は、2017年3月を予定しております。

Of course, none of this really makes up for what many expected from this year’s E3: A full announcement for the Nintendo NX.

We won’t know for sure if this is just a ruse and Nintendo has other plans, or if they’re saving the big reveal for the Tokyo Game Show. Last year the company announced that the Nintnedo NX would be revealed in early 2016, but that time is about ready to pass once we head into June, and if they aren’t announcing the thing in June then… when?

What’s more is that they already have a release window in store for the NX but no details for it. It’s truly a bizarre way to get word out about the new console, but Nintendo has always been a company drumming to the beat of their own tune.

(Main Concept image courtesy of Filthy Casuals)


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20 thoughts on “Nintendo NX Launching March, 2017; Legend of Zelda Delayed To 2017

  1. I see them pulling off a twilight princess, delaying the zelda to release with the new system, and also a 3DS, saying the NX is not a replacement for the WiiU or the 3DS when it really is.

    Fire Emblem and AC are among their most popular franchises in Japan, so it’s interesting they chose those two for mobile games.

    1. I rather see them redeem themselves as more competition will keep Sony and MS on their toes.

      Sadly it looks like their learned fuck all from #torrentialdownpour as FExSMT will be censored yet again. So my hopes for NX are low.

      1. I feel the same way, but i don’t have that much hope for nintendo changing its ways. its like ATLUS refusing to add japanese dub simply cause they are bias even thought there is more then enough Fan feedback.

      2. Me too.

        But it doesn’t seem likely.

        And every day it seems even less and less likely.
        Nintendo feels like someone that wants to kill himself, but isn’t really going to do it, so they just go through the motions like they don’t care anymore and if they die, well, they die, they just don’t care.

  2. Ha, that Zelda game is never going to come out at this point. I guess its better than rushing it, but Nintedo seems to be taking their sweet time making big hit titles. Very strange marketing tactics… if you can even call it marketing….

  3. Wow, another Zelda delay..? Really…?

    This is a slap in the face to Wii U owners, why do we need to wait because the NX was delayed?

  4. It’s a bummer that NX is not coming to E3 but I don’t find it particularly odd.

    Temporary edit: Sneaky control + enter posted before I could finishing typing. Typing the rest now.

    1. I saw someone sharing a report about Nintendo’s internal restructuring plans, to add more focus and power to their management areas.

      What a coincidence, the current CEO is a management type businessman.

      And now they are prioritizing management on the release date above hype, potential sales, or competition?

      I don’t think that looks good, not at all.
      They’re going the EA path.

      1. I can’t say that prioritizing cheap financial tactics so much is a good thing, but given Nintendo’s position, it is comprehensible.

        They’ve been bleeding money for some time now, and even though they were sitting on a huge stack of Wii profits and the amiibos thing helped a little, this stack is not infinite and their investors certainly aren’t happy about it.

        Sony has been doing something very similar in the last couple of years. You would imagine the success of the PS4 would make their moves more consumer friendly, but since they are still trying to cope with the losses from Howard Stinger era (PS3 early days), financially, they can’t risk losing this opportunity PS4 gave them to reverse the losses, so they’re still trying to cash in.

        I think Nintendo will have to go through the same phase now if the NX gets to be a success. We can only hope they do just enough to leave the red marking.

    2. I just hope they have a rich range of launch titles for the platform.

      They just recently blew their entire load on the Wii U. This was one of the bigger criticisms of the Nintendo NX last year:
      Mario Kart,
      Super Smash Bros,
      Super Mario Maker,
      Donkey Kong,
      Star Fox Zero
      and Xenoblade all just recently came out for the Wii U within the last few years. The only hope for the NX is a selection of remastered re-releases and maybe a Metroid and F-Zero title. But they’ve got nothing for the NX out of their standard brands except for Zelda. The only thing they might be able to do is launch a series of new IP but I doubt they would have enough to fill out a couple of years worth of high-profile titles.

      1. I really hope Nintendo invested in Platinum to make a Bayonetta 3 NX launch title. It would be all they would need.

      2. The lack of a true classic Metroid sealed the deal for me. I almost got a Wii U for Mario Maker, but after thinking about it for a long time, I’m glad I ended up getting a Playstation 4 instead. Thanks, Nintendo!

    1. So very very few games on the Wii actually used the Wii mote right which was one of the most disappointing aspect of the Wii.
      Pandora’s Tower was one few. Even it just used the Wii mote as a glorified mouse cursor for targeting your chain it made good use of the controller and the game played like ass on the classic controller.

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