Nintendo Co. Ltd. this week said the new NX console is not the next version of the Wii or Wii U.
Company president Tatsumi Kimishima told Time that it is not building the next version of the motion-sensitive or GamePad-based predecessor.
“It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base,” Kimishima said.
DigiTimes this week reported the NX is estimated to enter mass production in Q2 2016. Component suppliers estimate shipments of 10 to 12 million units.
DigiTimes in July reported Nintendo will begin pilot production of the NX console in Oct. The console is said to be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics.
Orders are said to be finalized by Feb. or Mar. 2016 with production to begin in May or June 2016. The publication claims a launch pegged for July 2016 and shipment of 20 million units the first year of sale.
The The Wall Street Journal in Oct. said Nintendo began distribution of the NX development kit to be used by third-party developers to modify existing games or create new titles.
It claims the console may be sold with a mobile unit that could be used in conjunction with the hardware or used as a stand-alone device.
In addition, it said Nintendo would utilize industry-leading chips in NX hardware. By comparison, the Wii U and the Wii incorporated low-powered chips in order to minimize production costs.
Nintendo released the Wii U console in 2012 to weaker-than-expected demand. Sales for the hardware have subsequently increased due to franchise title releases including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the scheduled The Legend of Zelda.
Nintendo reported net income of $67.2 million between Apr. to June in Q1 results.
The Wii U console sold 470,000 units in Q1. Software sales held at 4.55 million.
Total Wii U sales have reached 10 million units in global markets.