Nomura Securities has made a bold prediction for the Nintendo NX; it’s launching this year, just in time for the holidays.
This prediction comes mere days after Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima indicated the company was still taking its time developing the console, but that progress was going well.
Nomura analyst Junko Yamamura claims Nintendo will reveal the console’s concept between March and May, reveal the actual console in June (probably alluding to E3), and launching it between October and November, safely in time for the holidays.
Based on this time frame, Yamamura predicts the console will be profitable for Nintendo by the following year, but will eat into sales of the Wii U and 3DS first. Yamamura’s predictions were grave enough for Nintendo to slip 5 % in the Tokyo stock markets.
However, it’s not quite clear why an analyst’s word was taken seriously over that of the president of the company. It’s also more common practice for Nintendo to launch new hardware a year after unveiling it.
Of course, it’s common for Japanese companies like Sony and Nintendo to see their stocks rise and fall immediately following huge announcements and predictions, only to correct themselves a few days later.
It is also worth noting, whatever innovation the NX will have, Nintendo has gone on record that they expect it to eclipse the Wii U and 3DS.
Do you hope the Nintendo NX releases sooner rather than later? Is there anything about the leaked patents you would like to see in the final product? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.