Not actually the name of their next home console, which has yet to be revealed, Nintendo is beyond bullish on what’s being called the NX. How optimistic are they? They’re looking for the console to ship between 10 and 12 million units in 2016.
Website DigiTimes has taken note of part suppliers as goes the as-et mystery machine that is the Nintendo NX. What they’ve found is that shipments of the new hardware are being looked at as being in the range of 10 to 12 million units. That is, for the record, a massive amount of hardware. The PS4, which is the current market king, has sold 9 million units as of this past October in the US, and somewhere around 30 million globally through last month.
That console has been available since late 2013 of course, and while units shipped are not the same as sales, shipping out 10 to 12 million consoles in one calendar year is quite a goal- especially when the rumored launch of the NX is expected to be some time in this July. That would give Nintendo 6 months to ship out the amount that parts suppliers are shooting for.
I have to say though, with that kind of expectation, I’m more than a little intrigued as to what the NX will turn out to be. We’ve heard rumors that the console will be something of a split system, offering both ‘at home’ and ‘on the go play’. That would mean that it’d be possibly replacing both the Wii U and the 3DS, which could prove to be a big decision-maker for fans, and spur sales even more, given the number of people who remain loyal to Nintendo’s series of handheld gaming machines.