Increasingly tight-lipped Nintendo announced this morning that its upcoming new console (still codenamed NX) is set to release globally in March 2017. Fans hoping to learn more about it at E3 2016 in June will be disappointed to learn that the company has no plans to show any NX hardware or games at the event and is instead focusing their energy on showcasing the new Legend of Zelda title which is now also due to be released in March 2017 for both Wii U and NX. Moreover, the Wii U version of Zelda is the only Nintendo game set to be playable at E3. Chris Kohler at Wired explains.
You might think this is a pretty big kick in the pants for Wii U’s holiday season, and you’d be right. Legend of Zelda wasn’t just Nintendo’s tentpole release for Christmas, it was the whole damn tent. As of now, the only Wii U game scheduled for the latter half of the year is Paper Mario: Color Splash.
While it's disappointing that we'll have to wait a while longer for information about the NX, the Internet has already turned to predicting gloom and doom for Nintendo because of the 2017 date. Can't we just skip the complaining? If you're upset about this news, then there must be other games you want to play that you haven't found the time to enjoy yet. As for me, I'm still working on Assassin's Creed Syndicate, then I want to play the new Ratchet & Clank before getting into the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I want to replay Ghostbusters: The Video Game with my girlfriend before the new film releases in July. I still need to finish Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam before I can think about Paper Mario: Color Splash. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is due out very soon. I have plenty of media to fill my free time and I'm sure you do as well. Nintendo will show its cards when it's ready. We don't need all the negativity. You will survive without a new Legend of Zelda in your hands this year.