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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