Nintendo NX launches March 2017, new Zelda pushed to next year

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Nintendo’s new console system, so far referred to as the Nintendo NX, will launch worldwide in March 2017 according to the company’s latest financial release.

Details on the new system have been scarce, with only reports of it being some kind of portable/home console hybrid and a survey hinting at potential features to go on, and sadly it looks like we won’t be learning any more any time soon. In the release Nintendo says the “NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June,” but “will be unveiled later this year.”

Looks like we’ll have to keep wondering if the Stewie Griffin shaped controllers based on a Nintendo patent some pranksters mocked up were right on the money.

NX controller leak 1

“Victory is mine…”

Also included in the financial release was news that the much anticipated next Legend of Zelda game will be released on both the Wii U and the NX simultaneously sometime in 2017. “Because [the] developers need more time to polish the game, [Legend of Zelda] will launch in 2017,” the release says, “but it will be the focus of Nintendo’s presence at E3.”

The timing on this news is interesting given it will probably greatly affect Wii U’s sales for the rest of the year. There aren’t that many major titles on the horizon now that Star Fox Zero is out, and anyone holding out on buying one for Legend of Zelda now know it will come to the NX. It also effectively kills Wii U’s sales this upcoming Christmas period, since the NX will be mere months away.

As with any more concrete news as to what the NX actually is, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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