New Nintendo console is 'imminent'
At a GameStop event, Bartel said: "Although we have not modelled extensive growth for new innovation in this presentation, we are very pleased to see the introduction of technology like virtual reality and rumoured new console launches. Some of which seem imminent".
Now, obviously, that's quite vague, but it is clear what console he's talking about, seeing as Sony and Microsoft won't be putting a new PlayStation or Xbox out for a good few years yet. He's obviously not talking about the handheld Commodore 64 either.
When asked which console he was talking about, he responded with "as usual, we know more than we can share."
Nintendo have been having a tricky time of it, of late - while the Wii was a success, the Wii U didn't really capture gamers' attention and has been one of the more unsuccessful consoles. It didn't keep up with the PlayStation and Xbox releases at all, so the NX needs to be a hit.
There's been a number of rumours about the release date of Nintendo's NX, and basically, they've all said 2016 was the year, with many suggesting that it'll on the market in time for Christmas, when everyone starts throwing their money around.
However, we suspect that there'll be an announcement this year, and it'll actually hit the market in 2017, as Nintendo will want to get all the games developers in-line first, and get their promotional campaigns correct, as well try and build anticipation with sneak-peaks and the like, which all take time.
We suspect that come Autumn, Nintendo will give a definite release date, show off the design of the new console, and talk about new Zelda, Pokemon, and Mario Kart games, because those are the only real reason to buy a Nintendo machine. It does look like there's going to be a secondary screen in the controller too, like the Wii U, but will people jump at the chance, when clearly they just want a robust, uncomplicated system like the PS4?
We'll have to wait and see, and the E3 event is just around the corner, where Nintendo are most likely to start spilling their beans.