Analyst firm believes launching the NX in 2016 is a mistake


Nintendo has been very tight-lipped about the Nintendo NX since last year when former president Satoru Iwata mentioned it briefly during its mobile announcement. Rumors and speculation are abound when it comes to the launch date despite it not being formally announced. Analyst firm DFC seems to believe that launching the Nintendo NX any time in 2016 would be a mistake for Nintendo.

2016 will be the year of virtual reality, according to DFC and pitting Nintendo’s latest console against the likes of the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive would be a “mistake under any scenario,” according to the report from the firm.

Of course, our perception is likely to evolve as more details around price points and launch dates become available, but 2016 is looking to be a record year for the game industry. In reviewing 2015 the PlayStation 4 met our expectations while the Xbox One and Wii U slightly underperformed. Going forward DFC believes that the potential launch of a new Nintendo system as well as new VR devices, especially the PlayStation VR will have a negative impact on the Xbox One and Wii U.

Accordingly the market is open for the PlayStation 4 to have stronger sales and forecasts have been raised accordingly.

The launch of VR platforms should certainly be considered, as consumers who might typically buy a new console might opt for something entirely new instead. What do you think? Does Nintendo need the Nintendo NX to launch this year, or can it wait until 2017 on the graces of the Wii U and its upcoming games?