News: Nintendo NX to see release in March 2017 worldwide
While my prognostication skills are usually spot-on, when it came to the release of the Nintendo NX, which I thought would be previewed at E3 2016 in June and released holiday 2016, I was rather off (see here and here). According to Nintendo, the only major unveil at E3 will be a playable demo of the next Zelda game, which will have a simultaneous 2017 release on Wii U and NX (at least I got that part right). Further, the Nintendo NX will have a worldwide release March 2017 (one rumor for the “delay” is that the launch titles weren’t quite on schedule, which seems perfectly logical). Obviously, the “NX” name is still a placeholder.
So when will we know more about the NX, including it’s final name? Maybe Nintendo will have a one-off event holiday 2016 to maybe try and divert some Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft Xbox One sales (and possible minor updates to both, which we’ll no doubt hear about at this year’s E3), because we know the Wii U won’t be diverting anything at this point. I guess we’ll see.
UPDATE: According to a Kotaku report, the reason for the delay was indeed behind-schedule launch titles. This was also the first official mention of the NX as the successor for both Wii U and 3DS, something I was quite adamant about previously.