Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima discusses the Nintendo NX, explaining the choice to release it in March 2017, and reveals that the console won’t be sold at a loss.
With Nintendo revealing that the Nintendo NX will launch in March 2017, the company has had to answer to its investors, as some of them expected the system to launch in time for this year’s holiday season. Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima recently spoke to the company’s investors about the decision to launch the NX in March of next year, and has revealed why such a decision was made.
According to Kimishima, the decision to push the Nintendo NX out of the holiday 2016 release window and to March 2017 was to ensure that the console has a decent number of quality games available at launch. The Wii U, as some may recall, failed to build a strong library in its early months, and so it makes sense that Nintendo is looking to make sure that the next system from the company doesn’t make the same mistakes.
We know that The Legend of Zelda is coming to NX, so that will prove to be a major addition of the console’s lineup of titles. There are likely a number of secret games in development for the console as well, especially when one considers that there are so few games announced for 3DS and Wii U right now. We don’t know when we will see some original NX video games, as the Nintendo NX won’t be at E3, but it’s a sure bet that Nintendo has some things in the pipeline.
There’s also rumors that Nintendo will be porting Wii U games to the NX. This would help bolster the console’s lineup of games in the early going, and while such games may not be enough to convince Wii U owners to upgrade, it could help sway those that have never bothered with the Wii U.
Something else that will factor into whether or not consumers purchase the NX is its price. While Nintendo has yet to reveal concrete details about how much the Nintendo NX will cost, Kimishima did say that there are no plans to sell the console at a loss. We aren’t sure the extent of the NX’s hardware power, so even with this information, it’s hard to guess exactly how much the system will cost at launch.
Nintendo sold the Wii U at a loss, and despite that, the console has still struggled greatly. With the PlayStation 4 passing 40 million units sold, and the Xbox One overtaking the Wii U in sales as well, it goes to show that consumers are willing to shell out extra cash for products they have confidence in. Nintendo must realize this now, and the decision not to sell the NX at a loss could make the console profitable at a much faster rate than the Wii U.
In the coming months, Nintendo fans will be expecting to learn more about the mysterious Nintendo NX system. These little bits of info may help tide fans over until Nintendo is ready to show off the console itself or reveal more of its games, but hopefully Nintendo offers some more substantial details soon.