Only a few things are inevitable: death, taxes, and the fact that you just get used to a gaming console, building up a nice collection of games for it, and they introduce the next generation console. If you own a Nintendo Wii U, or are a general Nintendo enthusiast, then this is going to be your year because there are reports today that the company will unveil its new system later this year, and that they will make it available in stores just in time for the 2016 holiday season.
According to Barron’s Asia, the Tokyo financial groups Nomura Securities has revealed that the “concept” for the next Nintendo console, currently known by the designation NX, will be unveiled sometime in the spring between March and May, and that could likely lead into the full reveal and demonstration of the system at E3, which beings on June 14 in Los Angeles. The system would then be available to retail in October or November of this year.
Obviously, there are no details yet about what the new system will include, but a cursory examination of various patents that Nintendo has filed include highlights like a controller with an LCD screen (similar to Wii U), a round tablet-like controller, and a memory card slot instead of an optical disc drive. Of course, these may just be things that have come from the normal course of R&D and may have no bearing on the completed NX system at all.
If Nintendo does indeed move forward with the release of a new console this year, it would represent the company’s shortest turnaround time between consoles since Nintendo launched the original Entertainment System in 1983. Wii U was released barely three years ago in 2012 with the previous system, the first Wii released in 2006; the five-year wait between the Nintendo 64 and the GameCube was the company’s previous record-holder for least time between consoles.
On the other hand, Nintendo may want to get a head start in launching the next generation of console. Wii U is currently lagging behind PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in terms of global sales with only 12.4 million units sold as compared to PS4 with 35.3 million and Xbox One with 19.2 million, both of which were released in 2013. So is Nintendo keen on trying to reclaim the top score? I guess we’ll find out.
We’ll have more Nintendo news as it becomes available.
Correction: Wii was released in 2006 between the Wii-U and the GameCube.
Source: Coming Soon