Nintendo NX release date: New console targets holiday release? May work with smartphones, PCs, other consoles


It’s set to be a busy year for Nintendo, and the Nintendo NX seems to be one of the main highlights of the year.

In an interview with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the company executive promised that aside from the games it will release this year, its latest console will offer a fresh take on gaming and not simply rehashed old ideas.

“I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. [NX] is something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal,” he said.

The device is rumored to feature two devices, a home console and a handheld and console unit.

A report by IGN, meanwhile, hinted that the latest Nintendo console could work with smartphones, PCs and even rival consoles such as the PlayStation4.

This information came from a tweet by Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki, who cited David Gibson, the Head of Research at Macquarie Capital Securities in Japan. It was not mentioned who Gibson’s source in Nintendo was.

The company has so far refused to issue a confirmation on the rumor for the meantime.

Another tweet from Twitter user Liam Robertson leaked information about the new console, claiming that it will feature an achievement-based system, 4K/60FPS video streaming and gameplay graphics that run in 900p at 60FPS, noted the same IGN report.

Also no confirmation has been made to support these claims.

It has been reported that the concept for the NX may be rolled out as early as March, but it could reach the holiday season before the device is made available in the market.