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Nintendo to launch NX console in March 2017

Engadget Engadget 27/04/2016 Nick Summers
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We don't know what it looks like. We don't know how it plays. But now, we know when Nintendo's next system will be launching: March 2017. The company's mysterious "NX" platform was first teased more than a year ago, during an investor presentation that also outlined its smartphone ambitions. We've heard plenty of rumors since then, including a console-handheld hybrid, a system more powerful than the PS4 and Xbox One, and a bizarre touchscreen controller (including faked photos) based on some Nintendo patents. The house of Mario has stayed quiet throughout, stating only that it will talk about the console later in 2016.

What's crystal clear, however, is Nintendo's need for a new, successful console. The Wii U has been a disaster, despite offering high quality games like Splatoon, Super Mario 3D World and Bayonetta 2. The GamePad never resonated with players and the console's reduced horsepower -- at least in comparison to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 -- means that third-party support is now almost non-existent. The 3DS, while successful, is also starting to show its age. To stay relevant and turn around its recently dismal financial earnings, Nintendo needs a new system to act as a foundation. As such, there's a lot riding on the NX right now.


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