We’re still half a year away from the anticipated March release date, but Nintendo may already have AAA launch titles prepared for their upcoming NX console. Looking to divert heavily from the lackluster list of games available when the Wii U and 3DS were initially launched, the first six months after the new console’s release are going to feature 3 of Nintendo’s star franchises.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has already been confirmed to release on the NX, but now it looks as if the Mario and Pokemon series will be also be getting a new entry in those first few months.

The news update was broken by MCVUK, who cited sources that have reportedly gotten a hands-on encounter with the console. Although they do no confirm any dates, these sources claim that the first party titles will be appearing within the first six months of the console’s lifespan.

It seems like Nintendo is learning from its mistakes with the Wii U, and are now finalizing arrangements for third party support. These companies include gaming giants such as Square Enix, Sega, Ubisoft, Activision and Warner Bros. Interactive. These publishers will be able to take advantage of a console that offers visuals that are better than the outdated PS3, but not quite on par with the current PS4.

Raising brand new questions about the console is the revelation that the NX is not only aimed at the hardcore gaming community, but smartphone gamers as well. The source claimed that the NX “won’t appeal to PS4 fans. Nintendo seems set on trying to upgrade smartphone gamers.” The same source later admits that the most recent controller leak is “100 percent correct”.

As always, news such as this should be taken with fair caution. However, as the suspected March 2017 release date inches closer, more information seems to be arriving fairly regularly. Hopefully, loyal Nintendo fans will be able to play a wealth of amazing content when the NX is released early next year.

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