After many a rumour, Nintendo has finally announced when its next console, the Nintendo NX will be available. The successor to its ill-fated Wii U can be bought in March 2017.
The news comes via the company's most recent financial statements where it says:
"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."
With Sony and Microsoft heavily rumoured to announce iterative variants of their consoles by E3 2016 with a possible November launch, a March 2017 release window gives Nintendo enough time to launch with a worthy roster of games.
Speaking of which, its Zelda title for the Wii U has been delayed to 2017. The company has confirmed it for the NX as well albeit with no release window, just stating it is in development. Though we won't be surprised if it is a launch title for the console. It harkens back to the time Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was the last big game on the GameCube and a launch title for the Wii.
Will the NX be the successor the Wii U wasn't? We're not entirely sure. Nintendo has been extremely quiet on what to expect, apparently courting the likes of EA whilst working on a console that just might be underpowered by the time it hits the market. How much third-party support it will have remains to be seen as well, what with some developers being extremely vocal about the Kyoto-based company's silence on its plans.