Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed a few months ago that Nintendo is working on new hardware called NX, and various quotes from executives like Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime indicate that it will be a home console. Nintendo has no NX news to share with us this year, but the wait might not be that long. According to electronics newspaper DigiTimes, sources indicate that NX production will begin later this year, and the console’s launch is closer than you think.
According to the report, Nintendo has spoken with supply chain partners, and pilot production for NX will begin in October of this year. NX will primarily be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics (which fits with previous consoles), but Pegatron Technology “is aggressively trying to snatch some of the orders.” Both companies declined to give an official comment on the rumor.
The initial orders are expected to be finalized in February or March of 2016, and mass production of NX will kick off in May. The launch of the console itself is planned for 2016, and it could be as early as July.
Keep in mind that this is very much an unconfirmed rumor at this point. While DigiTimes is respected, their report incorrectly states that Nintendo has previously announced a 2016 launch window for NX. Nintendo has only stated that we’ll hear more about NX in 2016. Additionally, the report states that Nintendo intends to manufacture 20 million NX units in the first year. While this is possible (it would be consistent with Wii sales), it seems unlikely that Nintendo would assume such impressive sales for NX given Wii U’s poor sales. We’ll keep you updated if more details surface either corroborating or debunking this story.