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Nintendo NX release date confirmed for March 2017

The Nintendo NX will launch globally in March 2017, Nintendo has confirmed.

Nintendo made the announcement during an investor earnings call.

Nintendo of America later confirmed the news via Twitter:

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Many expected the console to release during this year, around the holiday season.

It is surprising that Nintendo has decided to skip the Christmas period – the biggest sales season of the year – and wait almost an entire year between announcement and launch of its new console.

Related: Everything we know about the Nintendo NX

While many hoped to be playing a shiny new Nintendo console this year, it looks like we’ll have to wait quite a bit longer before we get the NX in our hands.

Nintendo also confirmed that the NX will NOT be at this year’s E3. The equally-surprising call suggests that Nintendo will host a bespoke Nintendo Direct much closer to the console’s launch date.

What do you think? Are you disappointed that we have to wait another year for a new Nintendo console? Or with the already packed festive period, are you glad that there’s a bit of a gap before Nintendo’s new-gen console? Let us know in the comments below.