Nintendo Co. Ltd. this week it will sell the new NX console in Mar. 2017.
The console will not be previewed at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo and will be revealed in late 2016.
Company president Tatsumi Kimishima told Time in Dec. 2015 that it is not building the next version of the motion-sensitive or GamePad-based predecessor.
The The Wall Street Journal in Oct. 2015 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.