Nintendo’s mysterious NX console is getting closer. Today the company announced alongside its annual financial results that the NX platform will see a worldwide release in March 2017. Nothing else has been revealed about the system so far, beside Nintendo’s claim that it’s a “brand-new concept.”
If this seems like an inauspicious way to announce an important new console’s release, know that it’s Nintendo’s modus operandi. The company issued similarly brief press releases ahead of the 3DS and Wii U’s respective reveals, confirming the existence of the platforms but telling investors and the public to wait until E3 for extra information.
The NX has variously been rumored to be based on Android; to use unusually shaped “free-form” displays from Sharp; and to be a hybrid platform with both handheld and home console units. None of that was confirmed or denied by Nintendo today, but we may hear more details at the E3 conference in LA this June.
The company revealed the news during its earnings call, also confirming that its next console — the mysterious NX — will be heading for a March 2017 release. Few details were given about the future smartphone titles, but both Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are crowd-pleasers — well-known and established franchises as opposed to Nintendo’s first smartphone app, the weird social app Miitomo.