Nintendo News is here, and it’s a big update of some stories that we’ve been curious about for awhile! First, the big one, we finally know the release date for the Nintendo NX, or at least the projected release date. A reddit user found a PDF of the Consolidated Results for the Years Ended March 31, 2015 and 2016 for Nintendo on the Nintendo Japan website, and within the document is the anticipated NX release date. Nintendo says they’re aiming to release the NX in March 2017.
For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed “NX” with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.
While full details about what Nintendo NX is aren’t available, the following description is given:
For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed “NX” which is a brand-new concept, and our unique software-led hardware-software integrated business will continue to constitute the core business for Nintendo.
One thing to note, however, is that even the report says the NX is codenamed NX. The real name of the system, if it has one, isn’t included.
This timing of March 2017 is interesting, as Nintendo has confirmed that Zelda Wii U is no longer a Wii U exclusive, and will also be delayed until 2017. The news was shared via the official Nintendo Japanese Twitter account. An automatic translation is below and includes a tweet confirming the March 2017 NX launch as well.
[Announcement] is a totally new concept gaming NX (development code name) at any given time will we 3/2017.
Wii U, was expected to launch in 2016 [news] “Zelda the legend ‘ is the latest, but further quality improvement for the launch in 2017 to extend you. We appreciate your understanding. The U.S. Wii version and will be released at the same time, promoting development of the NX version.
Other Nintendo News to report is for the fans of the original NES system. A new Bluetooth adapter is letting you use your NES controller wirelessly. Finally! The Retro Receiver is the result of a partnership between 8bitdo and Analogue. It’s an adapter that you plug into your original NES to play it wirelessly with the NES model, the Analogue Nt and aftermarket NES systems. Yes, that means PS and even Wii controllers. Seriously! The Retro Receiver has additional buttons mapped to turbo mode on all of the controllers, and it’s compatible with two-four Retro Receivers for multiplayer games. The controllers from 8bitdo are compatible with Mac, PC, iOS and Android. It’s available for $19.99 from Play Asia.
Want more Nintendo news? Here’s what smartphone games you can expect next, now that the company is enjoying great success with Miitomo. Animal Crossing, a title that Nintendo quantifies as one of their bestsellers in the above report, will make its way to the smartphone. The company stated “Animal Crossing [the smartphone game] will be connected to the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems.” The next game will be Fire Emblem. Both games are existing franchises, and are set for an autumn release.