Nintendo just announced that their next generation console, the Nintendo NX, will be launching in March of 2017. This announcement came amidst a great deal of speculation and rumors that production of the Wii U would cease this year. While those rumors were largely debunked by Nintendo, many took even the rumors as a sign that the NX was incoming soon. And that turned out to be the case.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 27, 2016
Kotaku reported that Nintendo’s upcoming E3 schedule would not include any additional information about the NX, but the new untitled Zelda title, which was delayed once already, has been pushed back to coincide with the launch of the NX, which suggests that it will be a launch title for the system.
Don’t worry, Wii U owners, it’s still launching for the Wii U as well as per Nintendo’s promise. No official announcement has been made yet, but Nintendo alluded to a “Wii U” version of the game, hinting that it will be launched for both.
Nintendo issues the following announcement regarding their E3 lineup
Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda franchise. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.
Some outlets are calling aspects of this move a huge mistake while others are lauding it as the “smartest thing they’ve done in years.” What do you think? Is the NX Nintendo’s Dreamcast? Or is this a sign of Nintendo’s return to power in the console market? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to follow OSP on Facebook and Twitter (@Official_OnlySP) for all things single player, including more news on Nintendo’s upcoming Zelda title and details about the NX.
Update: We found a Tweet that confirms that the new Zelda game will indeed be launched on both systems simultaneously.