Nintendo's next console will launch globally in March 2017
After months of speculation, Nintendohas confirmed that its mysterious console, codenamed NX, won't seethe light of day in 2016 after all. The news was delivered alongsidethe company's latest financial results, while a little moreinformation about the much anticipated new Legend of Zelda game wasalso revealed.
We've been speculating about the NX formonths. After fake controller leaks, and plenty of rumorssuggesting that the system will be a console/handheld hybrid, Nintendo has finally broken its silence. There's still no word on what the machine will be capable of, or what it'll look like, but we do know when it'll arrive, with a global launch set for March 2017.
The other big announcement for Nintendofans relates to the upcoming Legend of Zelda game, which thecompany has been previewing for the Wii U for years. The good news isthat it's still coming to the company's current home console, butwill also hit simultaneously on the NX. We've seen this strategy from Nintendo before, with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess launching on both the Gamecube and Wii back in 2006.
Unfortunately, that means yet anotherdelay for the title, which is now set to hit shelves in March next year. According to the company, the game will be thefocus of its press event at E3 2016 in June.
Lastly, the company provided an updateon its smartphone strategy. Its first ever smartphone effort –Miitomo – launched earlier this year, and now has more than10 million users globally. If you were a fan of that experience, thenyou'll be happy to learn that Nintendo has plans to bring itspopular Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises tosmartphones as well.