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Nintendo NX and Zelda Delayed to 2017

Nintendo made some big announcements about the future of its consoles and franchises earlier this week.

First, their newest piece of hardware, codenamed the NX, is expected to be released March 2017, according to a tweet by Nintendo of America. This is the only new piece of information revealed about the console, as its true name and capabilities are still under wraps. It’s an unusual move for Nintendo, who usually releases their consoles toward the tail-end of the year.

Along with the release window for the NX, Nintendo of America also announced that the newest game in the Zelda series has been delayed yet again, now pushed back to a 2017 release. The tweet of the delay also brought a new piece of artwork and news that the game will release simultaneously for the Wii U and the NX. This is not the first Zelda game to do so, as Twilight Princess was released for both the Gamecube and the Wii.

The Legend of Zelda will be the company’s focus at E3 this year, as in their final announcement, the Wii U version of the game will be their only game present at the expo this year. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Paper Mario Color Splash, Pokemon Sun and Moon, and the remakes of Dragon Quest VII and VIII will all release before the new Zelda, so Nintendo is betting all of their chips on this one hand by bringing only one game to E3.

This is a large risk on Nintendo’s part. They have an entire year before the new Zelda is to be released, so it’s unusual to say the least that the company is placing its entire focus solely on this one game. However, Nintendo is known for making risky decisions with their hardware, if the Wii and Wii U are any examples. I’m still greatly looking forward to the new Zelda and anticipating what changes the NX will make to prove itself a console necessary for every household.

Written by Lee Feldman

Lee is a writer, game designer, and graduate student from Los Angeles, California. As a gamer, he is primarily inspired by fascinating worlds with deep stories, rich characters, and sharp gameplay, with a love of games both old and new. When he isn’t collecting rare NES cartridges, he can be found obsessing over mixed martial arts.

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