The mysterious enigma that is the Nintendo NX has shown that Nintendo is committed to keeping its upcoming console a secret. Details about the new system are few and far between. Other than a couple patents filed by Nintendo and the reported shipment of 20 million NX units by the end of 2016, much of what the we know and expect from the NX is based on pure speculation.
According to Nomura Securities analyst, Junko Yamamura, Nintendo will reveal the console’s new concept sometime in the spring of this year, followed by unveiling the hardware in June, and then begin selling it by October or November. Yamamura believes that the console will help boost Nintendo’s profits, stating, “We think the NX will start to boost operating profits in 18/3, when it will have been on the market for a full year and will have a lineup of software titles, which carry high operating margins.”
Yamamura also expects the NX to significantly cut into the sales of the 3DS and Wii U. He initially believed that it wouldn’t since it isn’t a successor to either of them, but soon changed his stance of that. The 3DS is coming up on its six year anniversary and software sales have been declining for the console. He believes that this and other factors will impact 3DS and NX sales.
“We still expect the NX to launch in 17/3,” said Yamamura. “We have lowered our estimates for current consoles to reflect the present situation, fiercer competition, and what has happened in the past when new hardware is announced.”
It’s important to note that this is not concrete information about the upcoming console. While the information does seem to match up with other reports and rumors about the NX, nothing has been confirmed officially by Nintendo.Leave a Comment