We could learn more about Nintendo NX before E3 2016, if a source that accurately predicted Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 more than a month before they were announced.
The past months have seen Beyond Good & Evil 2 rumoured as a Nintendo NX exclusive, that Activision will support the platform with Call of Duty: Bloodlines and Beyond Destiny, and that EA has development kits, which was encouraging given the dramatic fallout after Wii U launched.
“I think that we’re getting NX news sooner than expected (before E3) so be ready!” Orgen writes on NeoGAF. “I think (and now this is personal opinion) it’ll be more related to a full reveal than a ‘we’re working on it and we’ll see more at E3’ so that’s why I said that I don’t know if this new info will be in the briefing meeting or a separate direct. But you can bet that you’re going to get more NX info before E3.”
He added, “I don’t know if it’s going to be the result briefing or some sort of Direct but the 27th of April would match the timeframes.”
Analysts had expected Nintendo NX to be revealed as early as March, with Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima promising that news would be shared “not too late” this year. With component supplier Macronix indicating that plans for a 2016 launch are underway, it led many to believe that Nintendo had learned from Sony’s launch strategy for PlayStation 4.
That saw the company reveal the console’s internal hardware at an event in February 2013, leaving them free to concentrate on its physical design and, more importantly, the software line-up at E3 2013. With all their cards carefully placed on the table, they were able to maintain consumer interest in the run up to a November 2013 launch. That dominance has only continued, seeing PlayStation 4 console sales now sat at more than 38 million worldwide.
Nintendo has historically been slower in the time between their console announcement and it launching at retail, which is normally a year and a half. That has led Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter to take the stance that it won’t launch until 2017.