Nintendo NX release date: GameStop CEO discusses NX, calls Wii U a 'disappointment'


Nintendo is set to release a new console next year, and GameStop CEO Paul Raines called the new console an “exciting” thing that can finally replace the Wii U console, which, on the other hand, he called a “disappointment.”

A few years ago, Nintendo released the Wii U console, a home dedicated console that featured the use of a tablet-like controller with a smaller displaymuch more like a handheld when looked at separately. The console did not come short with games, mostly coming from popular Nintendo game franchises such as “Super Mario,” “Metroid,” “Super Smash Bros.,” and the like, but overall, the console never performed impressively in the market unlike its competitors, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

In a recent interview with A List Daily, GameStop CEO Paul Raines called the Wii U console a disappointment not only to fans and players but also to Nintendo.

“Wii U was disappointing to everybody, including them [Nintendo],” Raines said. “They made some bold bets, and maybe some of them didn’t work out…. Even now it’s incredible how strong some of their IP isPokmon, for example. We could have a Pokmon weekend this weekend at GameStop and we would break sales records just because every time they put out a new game they have a very loyal fan base. ‘Super Mario,’ ‘Zelda,’ all those IPs have a huge, loyal fan base.”

As for the new and upcoming “NX,” Raines is optimistic that the new console will make up for the shortcomings of the Wii U.

“NX sounds exciting,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it. They’re very innovative in everything that they do. I hope that they come out with something exciting and innovative. I think we’ll be dominant distributor of that platform.”

Nintendo NX is set for a release sometime around March 2017.