While Nintendo has acknowledged that it has new hardware on the way, it has yet to officially announce it. According to a report from Digitimes, though, the system is set to go into mass production in just a few months.
The report states that Nintendo is hoping to ship 20 million systems next year, but that the companies supplying the system’s hardware put that number closer to around 10 or 12 million. The system will enter mass production around the end of the first quarter. Mass shipments will begin shipping the system to retailers in the second quarter.
If this is indeed all true, then it seems likely that Nintendo will unveil the system at or just before E3. It’s possible Nintendo could even their presentation with an announcement that the system will be in stores that very weekend with the kinds of time frames we’re looking at here.
With a troubled console, coupled with intense competition from Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo has a lot of ground to cover. Digitimes expects Microsoft and Sony to ship 13 and 18 million units respectively, and shipping 10 or 12 would put the system in shooting range of the others, at least in terms of rate of sales. While they do tend to play their own game, Nintendo is still competing in the market with the other two and is compared against them by not only fans, but investors as well.
As for what the system will be, rumors are flying around, but it’ll be at least a few more months before we know.