First and foremost, it should be noted that I am a faithful fan of Nintendo and as a result, have bought every console, home or handheld, that big N has put into production since the NES. That being said, I, like many of you out there, am greatly disappointed in lack of quality titles available for Nintendo's failing Wii U system. I am sad to report that I was a disgruntled Wii U owner for years until I finally sold it about a month ago - post the 2015 E3 conference, when a surprisingly sparse amount of Wii U reveals were announced.
This year, Nintendo has only released only a small handful of games for its current console and have even fewer (announced) on the horizon. With news of the latest console installment of Legend of Zelda being pushed back until 2016, at the earliest, it appears as though the Japanese gaming company may be throwing in the towel for the Wii U. That, along with the rumors that Nintendo's next console, code-named NX, may be slated for a 2016 release, suggests the company and fans alike may have given up on any possible success for the Wii U.
If observed from the standpoint that the Wii U was first priority for Nintendo, I can offer no plausible explanation to why they would announce that a new console in the works. Although, if instead of trying to save the Wii U, Nintendo was trying to convince consumers that the company is still alive in the home console fight and something is coming in the future, then, all of the sudden, the move makes more sense.
There are also the reported leaks that Nintendo will begin manufacturing of its newest system in October of this year. These headlines would fall in line with the rumors that the console will be released in 2016. I am not sure what to make of these rumors yet, but I would not be surprised if Nintendo is trying to get the NX on the market as fast as possible and lay groundwork to erase any memory that the Wii U ever existed.
On a positive note for Japanese gaming company: the Nintendo 3DS has been a great success and has released some of the most enjoyable and revolutionary titles in their respective series. Pokemon X & Y, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D World, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Super Smash Bros. are just a few of the amazing games released for the handheld system. I think I speak for Nintendo fans everywhere when I say that I hope that the Nintendo NX, whatever that turns out to be, proves to be a massive success and provides enjoyable, inventive games in the series we love.
What games would you like to see released on the 'NX?' What do expect the system will be like? Sound off in the comments below and let me know.