Nintendo NX to launch in March, as part of a big 2017

Still hiding away behind a codename, Nintendo’s NX – a “completely new concept game machine” – will be on shelves in March 2017. The detail was revealed today during the company’s 2016 fiscal year earnings report, which also highlighted a few other big things for Big N over the next 12 months… and dropped the bombshell that the new console will not be at E3 this year.

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.

Shiny!

Shiny!

Company president Tatsumi Kimishima explains:

As we report the results of the last fiscal year, we also look forward to an exciting period ahead with further growth in our mobile business, new products for our dedicated video game systems and continued progress in our efforts to increase the number of consumers experiencing our IP through games, licensing and expanded entertainment.

…part of that “exciting period” includes Miitomo, Nintendo’s first app for smartphones and tablets. There are already more than 10 million unique users worldwide, after launching just a month ago. Those 10 million users have held more than 300 million conversations and created more than 20 million Miifotos (those Mii character images that are popping up all over social media).

A special 10-day “Celebrating 10 Million Users” promotion kicks off tomorrow (April 29) and will run until May 8.

But wait! There’s more! Nintendo is already planning its next two mobile apps – and the company’s falling back on a couple of old favourites. You can expect games based on both Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing to pop up on a phone near you.

While there’s no NX at E3, Nintendo will still be at the show – this year, it’s planning to focus on the upcoming instalment of The Legend of Zelda, which is now confirmed to launch for both Wii U and NX simultaneously. Both versions of the game have been developed in tandem, which explains why it won’t be ready to ship until 2017.

Believe it or not, that’s the only game Nintendo will present in a playable state on the showfloor, “in order to provide attendees a complete immersion”.

Still, it looks like the publisher’s getting ready for a big 12 months… even if most of the excitement now is for things we can’t actually see yet.

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