Today, Nintendo announced that its mysterious NX platform would launch globally in March 2017. But shortly after, the company sent a press release with more details, and clarified that the NX platform would not be at E3 this year. It will be revealed later this year, but unfortunately, we don’t know when: two weeks after E3 (like the Nintendo 3DS XL in 2012)? Just before the Tokyo Games Show, in September? On December 31st?
Also, Nintendo announced that the latest The Legend of Zelda game, originally revealed for Wii U back at E3 2014 2014 (it was previously teased during the January Nintendo Direct, in 2013), would now come out in 2017. It will launch simultaneously on Wii U and NX, and both versions have apparently been in development in tandem.
Officially, the delay is due to the developers needing more time to polish the game, but it’s pretty clear it was delayed in order to have the release coincide with the NX launch.
Here’s a brand new artwork for the game:
Talking of Zelda, this new Zelda game will be Nintendo’s focus at E3 this year. Naturally, it’s the Wii U version which will be playable on the showfloor. But more surprisingly, it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at E3: that doesn’t mean it will be the only game shown, just that it will be the only one from Nintendo to be playable.
Nintendo will announce more details about its E3 plans in the upcoming weeks.