Report: Nintendo NX release planned for July 2016

Nintendo’s next home console is currently pencilled in for a release in July 2016, an Asian news report has claimed.

Taiwanese site DigiTimes reckons Foxconn has grabbed the manufacturing rights for the machine, although rival Pegatron is also pitching for some of the work. Furthermore, supply partners have been asked to begin pilot production this October.

Orders are expected to be finalised in February or March of next year with mass production scheduled for May or June ahead of the suggested July release.

There are some inaccuracies in the story which should raise a note of caution, however. It claims that Nintendo has already announced a 2016 release date for NX.

It also states that Nintendo hopes to ship 20m NX consoles in its first year – a staggering number considering PS4 sold 22.3m units in its first 17 months. Wii U has, in contrast, sold just under 10m units in two and a half years.

MCV does understand, though, that the NX WAS demoed to a number of Nintendo’s partners at E3 last month.

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