The General Overview
If you haven't heard the news about the newest system from Nintendo, then prepare to be shocked. The code-named system is called the "NX" and is supposed to be completely different than anything Nintendo has done before. The release date is set for March of 2017, but we know this is very liable to change at any given moment.
Different Than The 3DS/Wii/WiiU
So how much different is the "NX" from Nintendo's most recent systems? It's all basically theory at this point, and one of the biggest theories is that the "NX" will be a hybrid system. It will come with a console and a handheld device to play on the go. That way both handheld and console audiences will be appeased. There honestly isn't any solid proof that this is true, but what we do know is that Tatsumi Kirishima hinted at this:
“It’s not merely the successor to the handheld 3DS or stationary console Wii U. This will be hardware that’s been made with a new way of thinking. I’d like to announce more particulars regarding its specs and how it works another time this year.”
We can almost be 100% sure that it will have 4k video streaming and 900p gameplay based on a survey the GFK Research Group took. Other than that little is known about what is going to be inside the new console, but again there are a ton of theories. The biggest is that it looks like Nintendo is working very closely with AMD to make some mind-boggling hardware. We can be sure that everyone will be surprised by what is in the "NX" because:
Nintendo Forums‘ crunchy, reports that the NX features very impressive hardware. The development kit indicates that the system will have “incredibly powerful” hardware. Supposedly one demo included with the kit is currently impossible to run at 60fps on a current generation CPU and a “nearly top-of-the-line” graphics card. -Source
Not Showing Up At E3
This news surprised a whole lot of Nintendo fans. "Why announce a brand new system without having it show up at E3," fans asked, puzzled by Nintendo's decision. It turns out they are working very hard on making games for its release, so they decided not to showcase the "NX" just yet, which I believe is a pretty damn smart decision, especially since one of the first games is going to be a new addition to the Zelda series!
I'm sure we are all excited for the "NX", and it's going to be hard waiting for another year, but I can assure you it will be worth the wait! In the meantime keep your eyes and ears open for any more news because the information you read here is very liable to change.