Nintendo NX release date: New details including detachable controllers, region-free content and delayed launch


Months before Nintendo’s highly guarded console, the NX, finally makes its much-anticipated debut, continuous leaks are making the rounds online.

A more extensive one surfaced courtesy of Let’s Play Video Games and it details almost everything about the device from its supposed specs to its functionality. It is no secret that the Japanese tech company is banking on so much for the NX, which is why the level of complexities that it might bring isn’t at all surprising.

The media outlet, which mined their information via their own sources, suggests that the NX is “slightly thicker than the Nintendo 3DS XL when folded, so 25 mm, with a width of around 281 mm and a height of 92 mm with the controllers attached. Separated, the controllers have the same depth and height, and they both have a width of 38 mm, making the console itself have a width of 205 mm.” Given that the same-sized controllers are separate from each other, they are able to be connected via a hole on each side of the console system.

Furthermore, the hybrid console’s detachable controllers “have a split D-Pad, A, B, X, Y, and a camera / share button.” The media outlet also did a render of the Nintendo NX based on the description given by multiple sources.

In terms of release date, it appears that a later launch may be in the cards for the NX as it is said to hit the shelves sometime during holiday 2017. This is months’ worth of delay given that Nintendo previously reiterated that the console will roll out in March of next year. Once launched, the NX development kits are said to be region-free with third party developers never advised of locking content for specific territories. Meanwhile, here is the list of all the games tipped to get their NX version once the device sees the light of day.

A subsequent update from the article was added disclaiming that upon further inspection, the publication’s original source was found to be less reliable than previously believed. Nevertheless, Let’s Play Video Games did a thorough check on all the details and aside from the possibility that the dimensions of the console may be slightly altered, everything else checks out with other leaks.