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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nintendo to Release the NX this March 2017

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Plus, other interesting information from their investor relations releases today.

We last got to hear some Nintendo-related consolidated financials back at the start of February, and I was pretty disgruntled back then. Now Nintendo's fiscal year is over, and we're on a new one. That means we get some more information about hopefully-interesting things. Since February, Mario Party 10 has managed to outsell The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD in total sales! ...Whatever.

We also found out very key information, such as:
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.”
That's sooner than I expected, as I'll mention at the end of the article. And might be later than YOU expected.

Nintendo also projects to get 500 billion yen in revenue over the next year, which is actually less than what they've gotten over the past year. Impressively enough, their cost of goods sold is proportionately less than before. What that basically means is that as Nintendo keeps selling things digitally and more and more customers buy less games physically, Nintendo gets to keep more money. That's as you would expect, and it's why Nintendo is doing all of these digital purchasing initiatives and My Nintendo. Since they won't lower the MSRP of the games, they can afford (well, in light of these results, not really) to pass along the cost-savings in the form of loyalty coupons.

Nintendo also projects they're only going to sell 800,000 more Wii U consoles worldwide between now and next year, which is pretty horrible. So how are they going to reach 500 billion yen? Apparently, the projected financial statements take into account the NX...
“Its estimated hardware and software sales units are reflected in the financial forecast ending March 31, 2017, however, we are not disclosing the specific information as it is provisional.”
If you really wanted to, you could guesstimate how many NX they're planning to sell in-between whatever day of March 2017 it's released, and March 31, 2017. I wouldn't try.

The Wii U will not be stopping production until 2018, according to Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima quoted by Reuters. It has officially taken Reuters over a month to correct their story that Nintendo would stop Wii U production in 2016. And they're not even acknowledging their earlier misinformed reporting. It's like it never happened. Seriously: Don't trust the mainstream media. They're awful and shameless.

Project Giant Robot apparently still exists as a game and isn't canceled. It's still tentative, and the release date is TBD:

Nintendo Launch Schedule Japan United States as of April 2016 investor relations
I hope this list gets added to soon, because it's pretty weak.
Source: Supplementary Information.

Ah, not to worry. Not listed are Nintendo's new mobile offerings. Spoilers: Hypothetical F-Zero mobile game “A-Hundred” not included:

Nintendo smartphone apps Fire Emblem Animal Crossing Twitter announcement
Oh. Joy. Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing on mobile.
Yup, that's exactly the home console iterations we want.

Oh, yeah, don't think I'm ignoring that part in the first screenshot about The Legend of Zelda is coming out 2017. Remember how, around this time last year, Eiji Aonuma came out and apologised for how they're delaying The Legend of Zelda on Wii U and it won't come out in 2015, but 2016? Now it's going to come out in 2017. Heh, funny how I was right in using vague, hedging language in that article from March 2015:
“If details are merely announced in 2016 (and we can think E3 2016), then is it likely that the NX will be available to purchase in November 2016? ...Not exactly. It's probably coming out November 2017. I could easily be wrong about that, but I don't see the Wii U only being on the market for four years. It's doubtful (but possible) that the Wii U Legend of Zelda will be delayed past 2016 to 2017. You can have confidence it will be released on the Wii U.”
I was right that the NX would come out in 2017, just some months off because I thought they'd give the Wii U its five years and release it in November like everyone else. I said it was possible The Legend of Zelda would be delayed to 2017, but I said you could have CONFIDENCE in its Wii U release. And Nintendo didn't let you (or me) down on that end:

Wait for tomorrow's article to read my thoughts on what Nintendo is going to do for this E3 2016. It's... very interesting and controversial. And necessary to discuss. Perfect KoopaTV article material.

Until then, it was just announced that Nintendo of America will also be selling its portion of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. They're not having a good day, are they? Then again, all that was ever good for was an interesting bit of trivia you could tell your friends. “Hey, did you know Nintendo owns part of the Seattle Mariners?” “Oh. No.” “Well, they do!” “Okay. Cool, I guess.” Whatever amount of money they'll make from the deal is probably worth more than that.

Ludwig also isn't having a good day. Cheer him up, okay? And let him know what you think of the day's events so far. There could be more to come! Do you think Nintendo is abandoning the Wii U too early? Does it deserve this treatment? Are you concerned we don't know anything true about the NX yet, or does that excite you? Do you have any hype for this company remaining?

Here is that article about Ludwig's thoughts on what Nintendo may do for E3 2016.
Ludwig talks in more detail about Nintendo's mobile plans here.
The NX, now renamed, is still scheduled for March 2017.
Apparently, March 2018 means nothing to the media, which is happy to report production will end November 2016. WRONG.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is launching March 3, 2017 — the same day the Nintendo Switch is releasing.
As promised, the Nintendo Switch has released March 3rd, 2017.
Next year at this time, Fiscal Year 2017 is complete and we get more information about how well the Nintendo Switch sold.
For more information on the Animal Crossing mobile game, click here.

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