While Nintendo chooses to keep the details of the Nintendo NX release close to its chest, rumors are circulating that the console could be released as early as July 2016.
However, a report from Forbes is saying that it is highly unlikely given that console development and release takes a lot more time that what the rumors claim. It would also mean that the Wii U would be shelved within the span of four years as it was only released in 2012.
According to the report, rushing the release of the NX would not be a wise move for the company as this would have implications for the quality of the console. Fans would definitely be expecting more from the NX than its predecessors, the Wii and the Wii U and if it does not deliver, NX would most likely follow in the footsteps of the Wii U.
The report also questioned the truth in the rumors that Nintendo is planning to ship 20 million NX units in its first year since the Wii U has yet to reach 10 million in sales since its release.
What is more likely is that Nintendo is saving its best games for its next generation console.
According to a report by iDigitalTimes, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata admitted that part of the Wii U’s weakness was that while it had a successful launch, but it did not have strong titles to sustain the momentum and keep the fans interested.
“I will not share details on NX today but with regard to the launch of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U not necessarily having progressed well and not acquiring sufficient support from software publishers, we intend to offer NX through a Nintendo-like solution. Thank you for understanding that we are making various considerations and preparations in order to avoid what happened with the previous generations,” he said at a Nintendo stock meeting.
What this means for fans is that there is a strong possibility that games lined up for the Wii U like Zelda, Mario and Metroid may be pushed off to NX to boost its performance in the market and get long time fans on board.