Nintendo’s successor to the Wii U, so far only dubbed the NX, is reportedly scheduled to enter mass production by the end of the first quarter of 2016. According to Digitimes, the upstream component suppliers for the console expects shipments to reach roughly 10-12 million units next year.
It’s suspected that Foxconn Electronics has been picked to manufacture the console. According to the rumors, the console is beginning mass shipments in the second quarter of 2016, which would mark it sometime between Friday, April 1 and Thursday, June 30. This does not necessarily mean the console would launch during this time, as console launches are usually in the Fall.
Nintendo originally announced that they were working on a next-generation console earlier this year, when they released a statement saying that they are currently developing “a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename ‘NX.’” Nintendo also announced earlier this year a partnership with the Japanese mobile giant DeNA to bring Nintendo games to mobile platforms.
Just last month, there was another rumor that Nintendo had begun distributing NX developer kits. The Kyoto-based company has said they will announce more details about the console next year. This latest rumor could be evidence the console will also launch in 2016 as well.