A few months ago, Nintendo revealed to the world in a press announcement that the newest game in the Legend of Zelda franchise would be released on both the Nintendo Wii U and its next-generation console, codenamed “NX.” Very few details were given about the console itself, other than it would be released in March 2017, leaving many people to wonder (including me) if Nintendo was planning to reveal the console during its E3 Treehouse presentation.
It’s now been a week since Nintendo’s E3 presentation, and to the disappointment of many fans, nothing further has been announced with regards to it’s next-generation console. Sony revealed its strategy to create new experiences with its VR headset and Microsoft teased its next console, the 7TFLOPS monster codenamed “Project Scorpio.” Nintendo, however, focused solely on its games and choosing not to reveal any new hardware.
When asked about the differences between the Wii U and the NX version of Breath of the Wild in a recent interview with iJustine, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils Aime answered by saying “we will show those off later.” This is somewhat an obvious thing to say if Nintendo are serious about revealing the console, but what’s more interesting is that it could mean Nintendo are planning to have a conference dedicated to the new hardware before its launch next March. What makes this even more exciting is that Nintendo is planning to have the NX sit alongside its current product line-up, choosing not to have the NX replace the Wii U or 3DS. In an interview with IGN, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said “The NX is neither the successor to the Wii U nor 3DS. It’s a new way of playing games.”
Nintendo has always been about the games. They want to show off games that are near completion and have a strong line-up of games for the launch of any new hardware. In an interview with Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei, Tatsumi Kimishima outlined that the 2016 holiday season would be too early to release the console as the games just won’t be ready.The promise of a strong line-up and after years of speculation on what form Nintendo’s next console will take, it seems March 2017 can’t get here soon enough.
Keep reading Zelda Universe for the latest details on the console as they are revealed.