Nintendo NX release date: Rumors persist of a 2016 launch; EA may offer third party support for the console

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New Nintendo console dubbed as the Nintendo NX is still plagued with rumors of being launched sometime this year. This is despite the fact that the Japanese tech company has already stated that it will come not earlier than March 2017.

New rumors suggest that Nintendo is just looking to treat their fans with the surprise of dropping the much-anticipated device not in E3 next month, but in the Tokyo Game Show 2016 instead. The event will be held at a later date on Sept. 15. The speculation is rooted on the fact that Nintendo has released their most successful console to date, Wii, at the same event. And given that it banks so much on NX, they may opt to release it at the same time as the Wii. While this may sound good news, there is no more offered information regarding the announcement making its legitimacy highly dubious.

Regardless of the announcement date of NX, Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has made it clear that they will not see the new console at a loss adding that at this point, they are more concerned about the longevity effect of the device than its first wave sales.

Because of this, the company will be making sure that once NX drops, there are ample games compatible for it to be fully enjoyed by its users. For quite some time now, “The Legend of Zelda” has been rumored to be the kick-off title for NX. But there could also be a possibility that it will EA will also join in the mix developing a game for the anticipated device.

In an a sit down with BBC, EA Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund revealed that they have a good relationship with Nintendo making it easy for them to work together.

“I, personally, and the company are huge fans of Nintendo, they’re the reason why I started making games,” Soderlund shared. “We’re in constant communication with them and when they come to market something – and if it makes sense for us – we’ll be there.”