Japan-based Nintendo has said that it will release a short video on Thursday of the next-generation game console it plans to launch globally in March, an announcement which saw the shares of Nintendo rise as much as 4.6 percent during Thursday trade in Tokyo, outpacing a 1 percent rise in the broader Nikkei average share price index
Although, few details of the console, now code-named NX, has been disclosed so far, a three-minute video will be available to watch on the company’s website from 2pm Irish time. The console’s success will be crucial to Nintendo as the firm still places console gaming at the centre of its business, in spite of the fact that in today’s world, the gaming genre is shifting more and more smartphone-oriented.
Though the information regarding Nintendo’s latest console is substantially scarce, there have been rumours that the Nintendo NX will revolutionise the way people generally think about home-based consoles according to Pokemon’s CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara. The upcoming console, which is hinted at a possible 2017 release, will reportedly combine the complexity of a console with the ease and portability of a handheld. Some earlier leaks even pointed towards the possibility of detachable controllers.
“Nevertheless, we will be looking to get a sense of how the NX is different, and what kind of things will be made possible as compared to previous and existing game devices.”
-Takeshi Koyama, Senior Analyst, Mizuho Securities
The Wii U, Nintendo’s latest console failed to impress in the market with the console only selling 13 million units since its 2012 release which is quite a setback from the original Nintendo Wii which had amassed a sale of 101 units since its release.
This current scenario propelled Nintendo to enter the genre of smartphone gaming with the ground-breaking Pokemon Go which took the entire world by storm. Nintendo also plans to debut its game franchise Super Mario Bros on Apple’s iPhone in December.