A new console from Nintendo has been rumored for a while now, with the follow-up to the disappointing Wii U being given the codename of NX. While Nintendo has said many times that their main goal is to make sure that those who bought the Wii U are satisfied with their purchase, they also want to move the system aside and release a new system with the hopes that it will be much more successful. While we have no official details regarding when the console will be released, a new survey from GameStop suggests that it will be out by the end of this year.
GoNintendo reports that a recent GameStop survey asks the following question: “How likely are you to buy the following device(s) in the next 12 months?” The devices that are listed in the survey are Nintendo NX, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. All of the other devices listed here have a concrete release window of 2016, but a release window for the NX has never been revealed by Nintendo. However, they did announce that they would be unveiling the NX in 2016, which would more than likely happen around the time of E3 2016.
The Wii U originally launched in November 2012 and although Nintendo’s intention was to win back core gamers that they lost from the Wii, the console failed to reach success anywhere near the levels of its predecessor. While the Wii has sold over 100 units in its lifetime, the Wii U has sold just 10 million as of this writing. Nintendo has previously said that they felt that the Wii U failed because of the rise of mobile gaming, while others attributed it to the fact that many thought the Wii U was an add-on for the Wii rather than a new console. Like the Wii, the Wii U failed to garner third-party support due to its hardware limitations compared to that of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though reports suggest that the NX would offer hardware that rivals its competitors.