Mario and ‘Pokémon’ Coming to NX Around Launch Time

Mario and Pokemon coming to Nintendo NX

Hoping to avoid the slow start of its previous two consoles, Wii U and 3DS, Nintendo is preparing an all-star lineup for the release of the Nintendo NX.

According to a report at MCV, Nintendo has plans to bring Mario and Pokémon games to the newest member of its console family within six months of the NX’s launch. The report also mentions Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which we already know is slated as a launch title, and confirms what Eurogamer revealed two weeks ago: that it will function primary as a handheld console with detachable controllers, but will also have the ability to connect to your television. The unnamed source at MCV states that this information is “100 percent accurate”.

Considering the timing of the NX release and the upcoming release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, it seems unlikely that Game Freak will develop an entirely new Pokémon game; more likely, they will release Sun and Moon for the Nintendo NX.

To put this information into perspective, the Wii U launch lineup consisted of NintendolandNew Super Mario Bros U, and Sing Party. Going with their three biggest franchises as potential launch titles seems to be a smart move on Nintendo’s part, however, it also seems that they are no longer relying solely on these IPs for their continued livelihood. The report in question also indicates that Nintendo is working on opening up the NX for third party support, which would be a first for one of their consoles.

The Nintendo NX is currently scheduled to hit the market in March 2017.