News Nintendo NX Release of March 2017 Worldwide

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We've all been speculating about when this new console would come out or what games would be on it, but great to hear we finally have a release date (or at least when it'll launch) locked in.
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Well, it was fairly obvious they were going to put the new Zelda title on NX as well: Nintendo have never been particularly good at providing a good quality launch line-up, after all, and the Wii U is dead in the water; it'd be a complete waste to only put the new Zelda on it. It's a clever move to make their new console more appealing and hopefully get it off to a much stronger start, and it's not like they haven't done it before.

But another delay for it, plus no NX news at E3? I thought last year was the year of delays and disappointments. Get your act together, Nintendo. Still, as long as it's substantially better than the gimmicky mess that was Skyward Sword, I suppose it'll probably be worth the wait, and Nintendo can't possibly deliver a poorer presentation than that awful puppet one they did a couple of years ago. Since it's Pokemon's 20th Anniversary this year, I suspect the focus will be on the upcoming titles for that.

As for the NX itself...March 2017 is fine with me, it gives me plenty of time to squirrel away the small fortune it'll probably cost, and there is plenty to do in the meantime. I wonder if the lack of E3 presence is due to the whole PS4.5 thing that is floating around, though.

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Well, it was fairly obvious they were going to put the new Zelda title on NX as well: Nintendo have never been particularly good at providing a good quality launch line-up, after all, and the Wii U is dead in the water; it'd be a complete waste to only put the new Zelda on it. It's a clever move to make their new console more appealing and hopefully get it off to a much stronger start.

But another delay for it, plus no NX news at E3? I thought last year was the year of delays and disappointments. Get your act together, Nintendo. Still, as long as it's substantially better than the gimmicky mess that was Skyward Sword, I suppose it'll probably be worth the wait.

As for the NX itself...March 2017 is fine with me, it gives me plenty of time to squirrel away the small fortune it'll probably cost, and there is plenty to do in the meantime. I wonder if the lack of E3 presence is due to the whole PS4.5 thing that is floating around, though.
I feel that the lack of NX news at E3 may not be so bad - gives Nintendo an opportunity to do a separate press conference solely on it to avoid being overshadowed by any other news, and/or a Nintendo Direct dedicated to it as well.

Not at all surprised about next year release of the NX. I was sceptical of any claim that it would be this year.

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I feel that the lack of NX news at E3 may not be so bad - gives Nintendo an opportunity to do a separate press conference solely on it to avoid being overshadowed by any other news, and/or a Nintendo Direct dedicated to it as well.

Not at all surprised about next year release of the NX. I was sceptical of any claim that it would be this year.
Well, when you consider what else is lurking on the horizon on other consoles - FFXV's imminent release, the FFVII remakes, Persona 5, PS4.5, probably some stuff on the Xbone, etc - I guess it isn't too surprising, although Nintendo's erratic scheduling of Directs and infuriatingly long silences make it frustrating...but then, since when have Nintendo kept to any schedule other than their own? I think they'll probably still be able to put on an impressive show at E3, but that noticeable lack of NX (and probably new Zelda as well) is going to diminish it, in my opinion. Will have to wait and see though I suppose!

I was expecting a Holiday 2016 release. I'm fine with March as I said, but it...doesn't really seem to make much sense from a business standpoint.

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I'm still not sold on the idea that it's going to be a new console (partially considering it's been a long time since a console made its launch at a time of year that wasn't late-Q3 or Q4). The only things that are confirmed about it are that it exists, and that it's coming in March 2017. Still too much unknown about it for me to get excited.

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I think the news first came from Nintendo Japan, for which it was more like 4pm. =p

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I was hoping all those rumors about the NX coming this year will be proven to be false, and the fact that it's coming to Spring 2017 indicates that it might be a new form of handheld, as that's the usual release date of their handhelds (consoles come out during the holiday seasons).

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What i want from the Nintendo NX? First Person Shooters. Please Wintendo. Grab some of your Wintendo 64 roots, fuse it with your murdercocktails, remember that you had the Turok series, Perfect Dark, Goldeneye, Pokemon Snap (because according to machomuu, that's a First Person Shooter) and of course muthafraggin DOOM 64, as well as the Gamecube having Metroid Prime and Twin Snakes, combine all of those powers and give the console people the murderous gun blasting shooting frenzy, that the N64 was so famous for, so that console players of future generations can have more opportunities to be shooting d**ks off!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

And no, I'm not just saying that on my first person shooting rampage perspective. I read somewhere that this will be the next best thing ever, with the power to make the PS4 and XBONE its beaches. First person shooters are a great headstart to show off this next level tech that was talked about.

In all seriousness, I'm pretty excited for the release. The NX had some talk way back in 2015, and its good that they actually hold their own event for them not to be overshadowed by the current juggernauts.

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Skipping E3 is absolute madness, yet on the other hand, it fits with Nintendo's focys and reshaping of becoming a "brand name" once more. Its risky, but it makes sense. Tke the apple route, have a huge event in September, six months before launch. Focus not only on the NX, but the media branches, their theme parks, mobile, all things Nintendo. Make an event and an entire week all to yourself, instead of partaking in the self indulgent hubris for game media that E3 has devolved into. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense.
This is armchair analytics, sure, but this the way I see things playing out. To be quite honest, its the ONLY reason I could posibly see this being the reason, as they will still be participating at E3 for Zelda. So yeah, to sum it up, I think E3 will be maintained as an option if things don't pan out with themhaving their own outlet, were as if its successful, I can see them going for an even more apple approach, with march/September conferences, perhaps with E3 just to get some good word out.

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I don't really get why they're giving us an international release date for the thing but aren't providing any information about it at E3. AFAIK we don't really know anything about the NX, and now that they're officially acknowledging it that this would be the time to tell us something about it. Especially if it's something kind of major sounding like a new gaming device, that'd definitely be something to show at E3 (and given that they aren't planning to say anything about it at E3 means it's unlikely they'll say anything about it before E3).
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It'll be interesting if Nintendo announces something about the NX some time before or after E3. I wonder if the lack of news at E3 is because of them dancing to their own tune, or if it's because of some delay.
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It'll be interesting if Nintendo announces something about the NX some time before or after E3. I wonder if the lack of news at E3 is because of them dancing to their own tune, or if it's because of some delay.
It's because E3 is becoming less relevant each year. Even some AAA third-party companies like Activision aren't having a booth this year.

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I was hoping all those rumors about the NX coming this year will be proven to be false, and the fact that it's coming to Spring 2017 indicates that it might be a new form of handheld, as that's the usual release date of their handhelds (consoles come out during the holiday seasons).
Given the new Zelda game is also going to be on Wii U, it seems more likely this will be a home console, although I have had rumours there may be some part of the console that can also function as a handheld.
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It's because E3 is becoming less relevant each year. Even some AAA third-party companies like Activision aren't having a booth this year.
Certainly seems like it... soon everyone will be doing their own conventions.
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Given the new Zelda game is also going to be on Wii U, it seems more likely this will be a home console, although I have had rumours there may be some part of the console that can also function as a handheld.
Never trust NX rumors, and this video will explain to you why. It's a bit outdated due to being released prior to this news, but its entire message still works.

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Interesting...I wonder if this means that their current Legend of Zelda project will be postponed yet again. If so, means it probably won't have a WiiU release. It kinda sucks for me because I just got my WiiU last year and now I'll probably need to trade it in for a Nintendo NX. I also wonder if the release of the NX will come with a new Smash Bros. title...

Anyways, those are just some thoughts of mine.

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Interesting...I wonder if this means that their current Legend of Zelda project will be postponed yet again.
They already confirmed the next Zelda game would launch on both consoles at the same time.

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They already confirmed the next Zelda game would launch on both consoles at the same time.
Ah okay, well there you go. I'm still probably gonna upgrade to NX anyways tho lol

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See, I am so mixed and thrown off about the whole thing. I am not a big Zelda fan, not that I don't like it, but it's not the series that fits just right for me. But also the fact that I feel I was too late yet on time when buying my Wii U in November. Of course I'll be saving and such for this new system, as the Nintendo fangirl within compels me to buy it no matter what.

tl;dr I want to be assured Nintendo is making good choices. I am not not particularly picky with a lot things they did recently that didn't see eye to eye with many others.

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On the other hand, it's madness because nobody even knows what the NX really is. They're raising hype about a product that nobody has even seen. It'll be hard to sell a console (Or is it a handheld? A hybrid?) if nobody even knows how it works or what it is. I was really hoping for something during E3, but if they're not going to, they'd better announce something regarding it before the Winter, or it will seriously tank like the Wii U basically did.

All there is, is a codename and a few patent filings. That's literally it. I don't mind Nintendo being secretive about it to get the competitive edge, but this is a bit absurd. I'd like to at least see what I'm getting excited about :/
Like I said, I think September, maybe even Late August is the best bet. There is also Gamescom in July or August, which is quickly gaining the same level of media coverage E3 has, and I could assume they would want to keep a low profile on NX even there. And while they are trying to get us excited for something that is a large unknown, so far the interest over something that is basically nothing is pretty high. I would assume much like the games being ready for March, I would assume the lack of an E3 reveal is due to them wanting to finetune and convry their message in thr most opportune way, as close as possible. If this was a November Launch, I absolutely agree that E3 should be the venue, but with March, so many things can go awry with the extra 3 or so months until my supposed reveal period.
Not to mention that the NX isn't simply a console reveal. Its probably an entire online infrastructure that has been getting its cornerstones put in place slowly(My Nintendo and the Nintendo Accouny), the NintendOS ecosystem which will see the consoles and handheld having a shared OS and ecosystem for game development, and most importantly I think their will be a tiered hardware pyramid that has to be executed and explained as thoroughly as possible. People look at Nintendo like they have 3 heads, but when it comes to NX, we already know from concept statements over the years that it isn't a simple console launch, where an announcment at a game conference apong with games will suffice. OS discussion and analysis, ease of 3rd party development, and selling the onlineside of things to the consumer I believe will be the 3 critical points of their unveiling, and again, E3 is not the right venue or the right time to smack the industry with.
Everyone is forgetting the OS side, which is a bummer, as I personally believe that is the most important thing that will come along with NX. It will convey their design language for the upcoming years, be the true measure of how much they have actually learned from the missteps of the last 4 or so years, and show exactly what they want us to use the console for besides gaming. After the games, I think its the most important aspect. Especially as we havr Kimishima stating that the NX simply isn't a successor to the Wii U or the 3DS, implying more and more NX is the ecosystem and not the end product.

So yeah to sum it up: a non-E3 announcement is the most logical choice. If we were to get one, I would be worried there is less to it then I assume, but thankfully its the the case.

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