Nintendo NX Portable Version Will Release In 2016

Nintendo NX portable release November 2016

We’re coming up on a year since the Nintendo NX was first announced, and most of the important details about the console are still under wraps. There’s been a rumor or two surrounding the console thus far, some which were quickly disposed of, and others remain unconfirmed. The latest report from Macquarie Capital Securities in Japan indicates that the Nintendo NX will initially release as a handheld component later this year.

Macquarie’s report suggests that Nintendo will likely launch part one of the NX console in November 2016. At this time Nintendo will release the portable version of the console. The company plans to follow through with the other half of the NX package, a home console, some time in 2017.

Aside from providing consumers with two different gaming experiences, one advantage of splitting up the Nintendo NX into a two-part release is to avoid intimidating them with a higher one-time price. With a suggested retail price of $200 for the portable version, the Nintendo NX should be able to attract more gamers with the two-part rollout strategy.

As far as the lineup of games NX will offer at launch, Nintendo has also been keeping that information close to the vest. There has been talk, however, of a brand-new Pokemon game being part of the launch lineup. The rumored game would be compatible with handhelds and consoles, and would also fill a void for Wii U owners who’ve yet to receive a Pokemon since the console launched in late 2012.

[Nintendo Life]

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