Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo… A video game company with such an incredible pedigree, following, and legacy. How hard things have been for them lately. While everyone remembers the Japanese company’s golden years, what with the original Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and N64, it’s tough to see how hard things have hit them in the past decade. Their last console, the Wii U, was a complete disaster, which is why the company is running full speed towards the release of their next, dubbed the Nintendo NX.
Despite their troubles, the company still remains one of the most important, beloved, and powerful video game companies at present. Millions of fans are waiting for the Nintendo NX, and we have some good news for you: it’s almost here. On top of that, due to some kind of mistake, we might even know the price.
Could the Nintendo NX be £349.99?
The Nintendo NX is set to launch sometime early next year (some rumors point to March), despite the lack of any official information from the video game giant. While we might not know the exact release date (or anything else regarding the console, for that matter), due to an “accidental” listing on UK retailer Tesco’s website, we now might now the price of the mysterious console/hybrid.
Tesco briefly posted a listing for the NX on their website under the title “Nintendo NX Wii U.” Obviously the title is a bit confusing, as the Wii U is Nintendo’s current home console offering, and the NX is their upcoming console. They can’t be one and the same, as I’m sure the reader knows. The listing was priced at £349.99, which translates to about $450.
Now, considering other offerings in the video game market, this is quite expensive. Considering that the PlayStation 4, which, if the rumors are to be believed, is much more powerful than the Nintendo NX, debuted at $400 three years ago, this price point is very, very expensive.
On top of that, Nintendo has historically operated at a lower price point than both Sony and Microsoft’s console offerings. With the upcoming updated PlayStation 4 set to launch at $299, and the Xbox One S set to launch at the same price point, it’s tough to imagine that Nintendo will debut their new console (purported to be much less powerful than the aforementioned consoles) at a price $150 more than the competition.
Additionally, according to the now-removed listing, Tesco had the NX set to release on December 31, 2016. We know this to be untrue. Looking at both the inflated price and the way-to-early release date, in addition to the fact that there is no way to confirm these details, it is highly possible that the listing way merely a placeholder until the official details about the Nintendo NX arrive.
Nintendo remaining tight-lipped in regards to the NX
The speculation regarding the NX’s price come amid new rumors that Nintendo plans to unveil and discuss the upcoming console during one of its “Nintendo Direct” events. Until then, however, the company seems perfectly happy keeping their mouth shut in regards to the NX.
At the Yo-Kai Watch 2 launch even in Canada, Andrew Collins, the communications manager of Nintendo Canada, made it quite clear that he had no intention of talking about the NX. During interviews, Collins apparently stated that if anyone asked any questions regarding the NX, the interviews would be cut short.
“Almost everyone leads the interview with that, and Nintendo is not ready to discuss [the NX] yet,” he said. “Once we are, Nintendo will most likely hold a Nintendo Direct in the future – before launch – to discuss it.”
“Nintendo Directs are actually presented to the communications team much closer to their release,” Collins followed up, somewhat cryptically. Interestingly enough, Nintendo of Canada requested that these specific quotes be redacted on several websites.
Nintendo watching its own back in its silence
So why is Nintendo being so tight-lipped in regards to their upcoming console? We can’t be entirely sure, but there are a couple of reasons which make sense. First, it’s possible that the company is sick of the speculation and rumors that could potentially harm them, especially if some of them turn out to be false. In a way, Nintendo is watching their own back by staying silent on the matter.
Second, it could be possible that the company doesn’t want their fans to make assumptions, reading in between the lines, and overhyping the console, only to be disappointed when it finally releases.
In any case, at this point almost nothing is known about the Nintendo NX. Obviously, Nintendo will have to release at least something before the console drops, so, for now, everyone just need to play the waiting game.