Nintendo’s next console will release March, 2017

The next Nintendo console will launch in March next year, the company has revealed. The news was broken to shareholders in the company’s quarterly financial statement.

It's fair to say that the tablet-focused Wii U has not been a major hit for Nintendo. Despite a few cracking games - such as Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2 - it's struggled to come close to the success of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or even its own predecessor, the Wii.

Amid falling profits, there's been a lot of discussion about what Nintendo will do with its next console, codenamed the 'NX'. It's still not clear what the machine will even be, though a report last October in the Wall Street journal indicated a hybrid between a home console and portable games machine, so you can play at home and out and about.

Nintendo is being typically secretive, but its latest financial report does discuss the upcoming hardware launch, saying: "For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed 'NX' with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally."

It also adds that the console will not debut at E3 in June - the largest games expo of the year and typically the time video game companies make their biggest announcements.

Nintendo also had a bit of bad news to Wii U owners who have been waiting patiently for the next game in the Legend of Zelda series. The much-anticipated title - expected for this year - has been pushed back to March and will launch as a launch game for the new console - though there will also still be a Wii U version.

Source: The Guardian

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