All the Zelda and NX News Here
Nintendo made a lot of announcements today.
Nintendo held its quarterly earnings briefing today. Unlike previous events, this one was stuffed with big news. And given the timing (the briefing took place overnight), you might have missed it. We've now rounded up all of our coverage from the event into one post, to help get you up to speed.
Nintendo Announces NX Console to Launch in March 2017
The NX, or whatever Nintendo decides to call the system, will come out early next year, not this year, as had been rumored. Nintendo said this system will offer a "brand new concept," but it remains to be seen what that means. [Full story]
The Legend of Zelda Wii U Also Coming to NX, Delayed to 2017
Confirming earlier rumors, Nintendo also announced that its new Legend of Zelda game for Wii U will also be released for the NX. Given that development, the title is shifting to 2017. However, it was not mentioned if the game will be available as an NX launch title in March or if it will come out later in the year. [Full story]. You can also see the game's newest piece of artwork here, showcasing Link and a mysterious device around his waist.
No NX at E3
Nintendo will not showcase the NX at E3 in June, instead placing its focus on the new Legend of Zelda game. The Wii U edition of the game will be playable for the first time on the show floor, but the NX edition will not. [Full story]
Wii U Production Could End By March 2018
Speaking with analysts and media after the earnings briefing, Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima said the company may cease production of the struggling Wii U by March 2018. The system has sold 12.8 million units since launch in November 2012, which is well behind its predecessor. [Full story].
Nintendo Reports Revenue Decline and Expects Wii U Sales to Crawl
The earnings report showed another quarter of decline for Nintendo, while Wii U sales are only expected to amount to 800,000 units over the next twelve months. [Full story]
Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing Apps Coming to Mobile
Not a fan of Miitomo? You may be more interested in the new Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing games Nintendo announced today for smartphones. Both are described as "pure game applications," unlike Miitomo, which was more of a social networking app. [Full story] As for Miitomo, it has now passed 10 million downloads, and users have snapped 20 million Miifotos, Nintendo also announced.
Nintendo's Top 10 Best-Selling Wii U and 3DS Games
Nintendo updated its lists of the top ten best-selling Wii U and 3DS games today. The company has at least ten games for Wii U and 3DS that have sold more than 1 million copies; Mario Kart 8 leads the way for Wii U, while Pokemon X/Y takes the top spot on 3DS. You can see the full lists at the link. [Full story]