After much speculation (and the fact that we all already knew) Nintendo has finally announced the successor to the epic failure (at least for their standards) that is the Wii 2...I mean U.
With the awesome new codename (that, again, we all totally already knew about) "NX", Nintendo has also promised that the new console will bring, well sort of, an era of a brand new concept for Nintendo. I guess that means it wont be an exact copy of the Wii with no other changes other than the addition of a handheld device.
Nintendo was not ready to fully reveal all the details about their forthcoming console, due out sometime in March 2017, the only information they were willing to provide was, "We are not disclosing any information, as it is provisional."
The NX was announced alongside a brand new Kirby title called "Kirby: Planet Robobot" and some news about their wildly successful and ever growing Amiibo products.
It is expected that Nintendo will reveal the full design and specs for the console at this year's E3 video game expo in June.
Various rumors have been circulating the past few weeks about whether or not the NX will have ports that make it readily accessible for players who own select Wii U titles, such as Super Smash Bros: Wii U and Mario Kart 8, to play right off the bat instead of having to wait however long it takes for Nintendo to release brand new sequels.
The Wii U sold less than 13 million consoles since it was released in November 2012 Both Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's Playstation 4 (seen as the biggest competitors) somewhere around tripled that since their release. If I had to guess, I'd say Nintendo's eagerness to be the first one out with a new console and not taking the time to fully understand and prepare a true next generation console is what cost them a rousing success with the Wii U.
In an effort to make up for lost sales, Nintendo's been recently breaking their own rules by allowing their classic characters to appear in films (such as the disaster that was Adam Sandler's Pixels) and even making strides towards mobile phone gaming, which struck many by surprise considering how long they've sworn their characters would never see the light of another gaming system.
Hopefully, with the upcoming release of the Nintendo NX, the company will take its sweet time and make sure they truly have the next-gen console their customers have been clammoring for for many years now. And hopefully we'll finally be able to see the release of that amazing Legend of Zelda game they've been keeping locked up. Which I suspect was so that when the NX launches, it would have the long awaited title to accompany it upon release.