The same leak that outed Pokemon Sun and Moon points to the Nintendo NX launching in 2016, along with the new Legend of Zelda game in development for Wii U.
Earlier this week, a leak on NeoGAF prematurely revealed Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, the next two rumored games in Nintendo's mega popular Pokemon franchise, and many paid attention but were cautiously optimistic. However, now that Pokemon Sun and Moon are real, the leak is starting look a lot more legitimate, and its talk of Nintendo NX is being looked at more closely.
Besides the leaks of Pokemon Sun and Moon, the post by NeoGAF user Trevelyan9999 - itself apparently based on Nintendo's US marketing budget for 2016 - also claims that the Nintendo NX will release by the end of the year. While that may seem early to some considering the Wii U just released in 2012, this isn't the first time that we've heard of the NX possibly releasing this year. In fact, a previous rumor pointed to the Nintendo NX releasing as early as July.
The leak also suggests that the NX will have a killer launch title in the form of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, provided the game doesn't release any earlier than fall. Ever since Nintendo delayed The Legend of Zelda for Wii U to 2016, many have speculated that the game's development may jump ship to the NX in order to give the new console an especially strong launch title, and this leak corroborates those theories. However, the post by Trevelyan9999 indicates that the new Zelda will release on both the Wii U and NX in 2016, so Wii U owners shouldn't feel slighted.
Since the official announcement of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon earlier today, Trevelyan9999 has removed articles about this report from his website, along with videos from his YouTube channel. Trevelyan9999 has not stated why he decided to do this, but it is a possibility that Nintendo has cracked down with its lawyers in an attempt to suppress the leaked information.
Even though this leaked information is given new legitimacy thanks to the announcement of Pokemon Sun and Moon, it should still be taken with a grain of salt. Plans change all the time, and until Nintendo confirms the information from the report, it should all be considered as rumors.
In the meantime, unless Nintendo uses a future Nintendo Direct to unveil the NX, it seems like a safe bet that gamers will get a look at the console when E3 rolls around, regardless of if it releases in 2016 or not.
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The Nintendo NX currently lacks an official release date.