Nintendo NX release date: Production to start by end of 1st quarter 2016; mass shipments targeted by 2nd quarter

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After keeping details about the Nintendo NX sparse, Nintendo has finally announced that it will start production at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

According to a report by Latin Post, the estimated shipment for the first batch for the new gaming console is from 10-20 million units. Foxconn Electronics, the manufacturer of the NX, has refused to confirm the figures for now.

Fans do not have to worry though as Foxconn will not be the only supplier of the NX. Nintendo has also tapped Delta Technology, Coxon Precise Industrial, Jentech, and Nishoku Technology to ensure that mass shipments will proceed full blast by the second quarter of 2016.

With the NX, Nintendo takes a big risk by trying to be the leader in the console market given the stiff competition. Moreover, its reported hybrid console and handheld model will surely raise the bar.

Recently, a report from Gamezone indicated that Wii shipments just reached the 10 million mark. On the other hand, Microsoft’s Xbox One is expected to reach 13 million, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 is expected to hit 18 million shipments next year.

According to Digitimes Research, if Nintendo does start off with 10 million shipment in its first year, it is already a good indicator that the tech giant is still very competitive in the console market.

It has been reported by sources cited by iDigital Times that the NX will include both a console and at least one mobile unit that could be used together or used separately. Because Nintendo is going all out for the new system, it was also reported that the new hybrid will use industry leading chips and hardware.