Last week it was announced that Nintendo has begun distributing the software kit for their next console, the Nintendo NX, and that it is on track to ship as “early as next year.” If early reports are to be believed, this new console will be a graphical powerhouse. Surpassing the PS4 and Xbox One’s impressive technical specs.
If this new console feels a bit premature, that’s because it is. The Wii U was released in 2012 and a 2016 release would put only four years between the two consoles. Compared to the eight years between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, the seven years between the Playsation 3 and the Playstation 4, and the six years between the Wii and the Wii U that doesn’t seem like much. It appears as if Nintendo is jumping the gun a little bit or is at least giving up on the Wii U, which has been largely regarded as a commercial failure. To be fair, Nintendo’s releases have been much more frequent than other console developers. Since 1985 when the NES released in America, a Nintendo console has come out at least every six years, with only five years between the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, and Wii. One could argue that the Wii U was released late based on this schedule and that the “Nintendo NX” will be right on time.