For the last few console generations, there have been three major players: Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. What’s been interesting is that while Sony and Microsoft seem to be battling it out, Nintendo has been happy to do their own thing. They’re already gearing up for another console release sometime next year, but rumor has it that there might not be enough of them to go around.
Little is known about the forthcoming Nintendo NX. We’re not even sure if it’s a handheld or a home console. Rumors peg it as a hybrid, that you can enjoy on your TV, and then take with you. Whatever it is, Nintendo has been said to be readying 20 million units for a 2016 launch. However, upstream component suppliers have stated that they will only be able to produce a little over half of those units next year.
According to DigiTimes, the suppliers that they spoke to stated that Nintendo would only be able to ship between 10-12 million units of the console, despite Nintendo’s target of 20 million.
The Wii U has been on the market for around 3 years, and only just sold it’s 10 millionth unit back in June of this year. With an estimated launch of mid-2016, Nintendo is going to need to drum up a lot of excitement about the forthcoming console, if they’re going to move 10-12 million of them next year. Perhaps they’ll do just that, and next Christmas we’ll be seeing a demand that can’t be met, much like when the original Wii launched.