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Nintendo NX launches March 2017, won’t simply replace Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo held its latest financial results briefing in the early hours of this morning, and as you’d expect, it hasn’t been a great year for the company with slumping sales and a lack of new games for consumers to get excited about.

Nintendo’s earning have fallen 60% during the last financial year, but they still managed to bring in earnings of $148 million on $4.53 billion of revenue. 6.79 million 3DS handhelds were sold accompanied by 48.52 million 3DS game sales. However, only 3.26 million Wii U made it into homes along with 27.36 million Wii U games (4.27 million of those were Splatoon). Amiibo sales clearly helped a lot, though. Nintendo sold 24.7 million Amiibo and 28.9 million Amiibo cards.

With the poor financials out of the way, Nintendo is trying to look to a positive future. The big news is that the Nintendo NX will not launch in time for Christmas 2016. Instead, Nintendo is planning a global launch for the Wii U replacement in March 2017. Linked to that is the launch of the new Legend of Zelda game, which will now release simultaneously on the Wii U and NX. So we’ll be kept waiting for that until at least March 2017, and hopefully Nintendo is making it a launch title.

For gamers interested in Nintendo games this year, there’s a few titles to look forward to. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon will launch on 3DS before Christmas. It looks as though the US will get them in time for Thanksgiving, and Europe will be left waiting until just before Christmas. The other potentially big releases for Nintendo are Kirby: Planet Robobot and Metroid Prime Federation. If you want new Wii U games, then Paper Mario: Color Splash seems to be the only Nintendo game on the horizon.

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It’s clear that Nintendo will shortly be turning its full focus on to 2017 and the roll out of the Nintendo NX. But does the NX replace just the Wii U or the Wii U and the 3DS? It’s looking more likely:

It’s also clear that Amiibo is not something that’s going to disappear as both the figures and cards are so popular. Then we have mobile…

Nintendo has seen a lot of success with the recent release of Miitomo. It has been estimated that the app is bringing in $40,000 per day in revenue. That’s a figure Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has commented is “not too far from reality.”

With that in mind, it should come as no surprise new Nintendo IP is also heading to mobile. Both Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem have been confirmed as appearing in some form on mobile devices, and you have to predict revenue from such games/experiences will be significantly higher than what Miitomo is currently generating due to the strength of those franchises.

It’s becoming clearer what Nintendo’s plans are. Hopes are being pinned on the Nintendo NX being a big success that quickly gets the company back under the TVs of gamers. But if it doesn’t, then mobile is the backup plan and Nintendo is quietly laying the groundwork to make the switch if it comes to that.

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