Nintendo is currently developing a new console to replace its aging Wii U, which was already facing obsolescence upon its release. The new console, dubbed the Nintendo NX, has been in development over the past couple years and is rumored to feature an oval-shaped touch-screen controller, among other things.
Today, the publisher confirmed that the NX platform will be released worldwide in March 2017. Nintendo revealed the date during its annual financial results meeting. The company has yet to publicly reveal the console and what it offers, neither confirming nor denying any previous rumors about its controls or specifications, but says that the console is a “brand-new concept,” whatever that means.
Additionally, The Legend of Zelda Wii U (working title) has been delayed until the release of the Nintendo NX. Given the date, there’s a good chance the game won’t even come out on the Wii U, although Nintendo says it will be.
Nintendo isn’t big on making big announcements for its consoles, and its previous announcements for the 3DS and Wii U were similarly low-key. Neither console was revealed in full until E3, so expect Nintendo to give the company the same treatment for the NX.
The company has been recently under scrutiny for publicly firing a high-profile employee and for its localization practices, which many gamers contend to be subpar.