Mario, Pokemon, Zelda all on Nintendo NX within six months of launch, report says

Nintendo doesn't want NX to get off to a slow start, and is bringing out the big guns for launch.

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Nintendo will debut new Mario and Pokemon games, in addition to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for its upcoming NX console within the six months after its launch, MCV reports.

Citing "sources close to Nintendo," the video game industry site says that the platform holder is determined to get the NX off to a strong start. To do this, Nintendo plans to have its biggest first-party games available around launch.

It has been known for some time that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is expected to be available sometime in 2017 for both Wii U and NX. However, MCV says developer Game Freak "will bring Pokemon to the platform," though it is unclear whether this is a brand new entry in the series or a port of Pokemon Sun/Moon, which launches this year for 3DS.

There will be a new Mario title, the site says, but there are no further details. Nintendo has also reportedly secured third-party support from Sega, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Activision and Warner Bros.

The site states its sources are the same ones that confirmed the NX will be a portable console that has detachable controllers. Although that has yet be officially confirmed, multiple reports support this rumor.


Pictured: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


The NX was first officially revealed in March 2015 and, before his passing, company president Satoru Iwata called it a "brand new concept" for video game platforms.

Nintendo confirmed the NX's global release date is in March 2017, but did not provide any more information. It indicated it is holding back on a premature reveal in order to protect a unique element of NX.

"In terms of NX, there's an idea that we're working on," said Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto. "That's why we can't share anything at this point, and I don't want to comment on the other companies. If it was just a matter of following advancements in technology, things would be coming out a lot quicker."