According to Digitimes, the Nintendo NX is expected to enter production during the first fiscal quarter of 2016 and ship out about 10 to 12 million units during the second quarter. Foxconn Electronics has been selected to produce the console, reportedly, but would not comment as to whether or not the report is accurate.
“The new console is estimated to enter mass shipments in the second quarter. In addition to Foxconn, suppliers such as Foxconn Technology, Macronix, Pixart Imaging, Coxon Precise Industrial, Nishoku Technology, Delta Technology, Lingsen Precision Industries and Jentech will also supply components for the device.”
This is quite interesting, as Nintendo is expected to release their blockbuster title The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U in the latter part of 2016. The game could follow in the footsteps of Twilight Princess and both be a launch title for the Nintendo NX and be released for the Wii U. If this is the case, the NX will most likely feature a second screen or be compatible with the GamePad.
If Nintendo does ship 10-12 million units as the report suggests, they could surpass the Wii U’s install base rather quickly and compete with both Microsoft and Sony’s current generation consoles. With Zelda as a possible launch title, as with the Wii, Nintendo has a possible sleeping giant on their hands.