After Nintendo announced back in March that they are planning their next in line console named “Nintendo NX,” the Japan-based giant tech has kept details under wraps ever since.
However, reports claim that Nintendo may have already started the production last October to have the gaming device available to consumers in July, 2016.
According to My Nintendo News, the company has reportedly started requesting their supply chain partners to pilot the creation presumably from assembly of parts to testing the platform, as they are assumed to target 20 million units in the market next year.
What added to the speculation is a report from Wall Street Journal citing that the company has already distributed software development kit for Nintendo NX in order for the third-party developers to modify their existing games to be compatible with the upcoming console’s system.
If it comes to fruition, their goal will double the number of the latest available console, Nintendo Wii U which has sold over 10 million since it was released in 2013 but still less than the impressive sales of Nintendo 3DS, which has managed to shift 50 million units since 2011.
Moreover, DigiTimes previously shared that according to sources close to the situation, Nintendo NX may be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics of Hon Hai Precision Industry while Pegatron Technology may also be competing to have some of the orders.
The report added that the orders may be finalized sometime in February or March 2016 with the mass production starting in May or June 2016 in preparation of the apparent launch in July.
Aside from Foxconn and Pegatron, Macronix, PixArt Imaging, Coxon Precise Industrial, Nisholu Technoogy, Delta Electronics, Lingsen Precision Industries and Jentech may also have some of the orders for the device.
When it comes to the design, Nintendo NX is rumored to be a unique hybrid of a handheld gadget and portable home console.
Since none of the concerned parties have yet to make an official comment on it, the available information should be taken with a grain of salt.