[Update: As we tick down the final hour or so before the NX curtain is pulled back, let’s enjoy three new videos of gameplay (and weather effects) from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that just went up on Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube account.
Nintendo’s Japanese Twitter account suggests this morning’s preview trailer unveiled this morning will only be three minutes long, which is still longer than the 30 second tease the Wii got back in April of 2006.
Nintendo’s stock price is currently up over 3 percent for the day in Japanese trading in anticipation of the announcement.]
We’re usually a little wary of posting news that amounts to an announcement of when another announcement will come, especially when the second announcement is just a few hours away. But we’re making an exception tonight to warn you all to look out for the first concrete information about Nintendo’s mysterious NX console. Nintendo just tweeted that the rollout of the first “Preview Trailer” for the system will take place tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (7:00 a.m. Pacific Time).
The trailer comes just over 19 months after Nintendo first casually referred to the NX as “a dedicated gaming platform with a brand new concept.” Nintendo has since been silent on the specifics of the system, leading the press to make wild guesses based on patents about the system and grabbing incredibly small tidbits of information on the rare occasions when they leak out.
The most reliable rumors we have so far suggest the NX will be some sort of console/portable hybrid, possibly designed with two detachable controllers on either side for easy local multiplayer gaming. Other rumors suggest that the system will be powered by Nvidia’s mobile-focused Tegra chips and may use cartridges for physical game distribution.
The trailer will also come (at most) a little over five months before the NX will supposedly hit stores, if we are to believe Nintendo’s current March 2017 roadmap. That timeline between reveal and release would be even shorter than the six-month period for the Xbox One, which was fully shown just over six months before its release in late 2013.
As far as we know, Nintendo’s trailer tomorrow could be anything from a ten-second tease of a non-functional console shell to an in-depth dive into the new machine’s tech specs, or anything in between. In any case, we will review and process the information here for you.