Distribution of Nintendo NX Dev Kits Begins

Friday, October 16th, 2015

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Big (and great) news for fans anticipating the release of Nintendo’s next game console, known currently as the ‘NX’. The Wall Street Journal has posted a report stating that the company has started distributing developer kits so that third parties can get to work making the magic for the forthcoming console, expected to debut some time in 2016 (likely holiday, but no confirmation yet.) The report is behind a paywall, but the gist is that the kits are going out so that there will be enough titles at launch to entice consumers. At present, the plan is for the NX to be similar to the Wii U in that it will be a console supported by a bundled mobile device that can be used with the system and also independently in certain respects. It’s uncertain what that entails yet since we haven’t seen any software, but it stands to reason that Nintendo believes it was on to something with the Wii U’s tablet and isn’t quite ready to let go of that model just yet.

While we don’t know exactly who is getting these dev kits right now, the reveal that they’re going out at all is exciting. It means that they are looking to get the NX on shelves soon and want to have titles in support of the launch so that consumers can buy with confidence, knowing that there will be games to play right away. Nintendo has stated that they intend for the NX to be a ‘gamer’s console’, and while we’ve heard this from them before (it was their supposed mission statement with the Wii U), they’re still dedicated to recapturing the market share they once held with the Nintendo Wii, which was a blockbuster success because it tapped into an enormous consumer base that hadn’t been reached before.  We already know that Square Enix will be developing a version of Dragon Quest XI for the Nintendo NX in addition to a version for the 3DS and the Sony Playstation 4. I don’t know about any of you but seeing the NX launch with a Dragon Quest game would make it a day one purchase for me.

As news of this developing story continues to emerge, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.  Make sure to check back for updates and get ready for the Nintendo NX, because it’s on the way.

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About Tom Tolios

Really smart, talks too much, loves the video games and the Star Wars and the Game of Thrones, likes the manga and some anime and knows that Kentaro Miura's Berserk is the greatest thing ever made.




  • Koohii Twowii

    Still going to say Winter 2017, It gives developers two years to make a game. E3 2016 will be just how it works. E3 2017 will be the final NX with the real name and then Winter 2017 Release.

  • Ragunaxl

    This is a no-brainer NON-purchase for me. After sitting on Wii U for almost three years with nothing really to show for. I am not about to purchase another system from Nintendo. Wii U will be the last. NX will be the first nintendo console that I do not buy. Why not just buy PS4 or xbox one which has a larger library, including niche games.

    • .. or you could withold judgement until you know more than 10% of what this thing even is?

    • Ragunaxl

      …or I could make my own financial decisions without your approval. Knowing what I know about the wii u, I will not waste time and money on another nintendo console. Waiting around for a three years for a handful of games that I am interested in, only to have them delayed and quite possibly never come out. To finagle 32 gigs of hard drive space when the only games worthwhile are eshop exclusives. I mean how can anyone be so stubborn and moronic to even give nintendo the benefit of the doubt when clearly their new business model is, “regimented fun in responsible increments after all duties are accomplished.’ Gamecube, loved it. Dreamcast, loved it! Jaguar, Saturn, TG-16, love them! Wii U, garbage. 2 hours of battery life for a controller, if zelda comes out, have fun with that…

    • you seem fun

  • Speed12345

    That tablet joystick is one of worst ideas of Nintendo in the last decades. If they keep this joystick for NX, I’m not going to buy NX for sure.

  • JDobbs

    I believe we will have a reveal in 2016 and a release in 2017, especially since Nintendo consoles historically were on the market for 5 years before a new console came out to succeed it.