Nintendo NX release date: July 2016 release rumored for gaming giant's next console

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Rumors are circulating that Nintendo is going to release its recently announced Nintendo NX console in July next year.

This is after Nintendo has reportedly approached its manufacturing partners to begin a pilot production run within the last quarter of this year.

According to Digitimes, Nintendo has allegedly talked to its manufacturing partners to begin production on the Nintendo NX in October. The report also claimed that pilot orders are expected to be completed by February or March this year, in order to make way for mass production of NX units in May or June 2016.

The report said that the Nintendo NX will then be launched and shipped beginning July 2016.

In addition, Nintendo is expecting to complete mass production on 20 million NX units in the first year after its supposed launch, IGN noted.

However, there has been no official statement from the video game giant about these new rumors. Geek.com clarified that Nintendo’s official stance on the Nintendo NX is that it will only be “unveiled” next year.

The NX has been the subject of various speculations following its introduction in June last year. One of these rumors is that the new console will be powered by Google’s Android operating system as reported by IGN last year.

The report, which was based on a translation of a Japanese-language report in Nikkei, said that an insider has provided information that Nintendo is going to implement the open-source platform in the NX.

This, the article claimed, is intended by Nintendo to give its developers “more flexibility in making content that can also be on smartphones and tablets.”

However, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) later reported that a Nintendo spokesman has denied the rumors of the NX running on Android.

“There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX,” the spokesman told the WSJ.