Nintendo is preparing its upcoming NX console for manufacture ahead of its proposed March 2017 launch, director Hirokazu Shinshi has revealed.

Speaking during the company's annual general meeting, Shinshi explained that Nintendo is "now preparing to manufacture NX and hashing out details like the extent of automation", adding that it hopes to "create the optimal production environment".

He does not reveal, however, how many units Nintendo is expecting to ship at launch.

Nevertheless, the firm is "planning for NX to make up for falling Wii U sales", president Tatsumi Kimishima adds, with NX software contributing "to sales and profit" for its current financial year.

"It is true that we are having a hard time with Wii U sales, due to its price and the added fact that tablets are distributed free of charge in the market," senior managing director Shigeru Miyamoto said earlier in the meeting. "I do think Wii U continues to be attractive as a media device that changes life in the living room. A similar challenge continues with NX.

"As we had announced that the launch will be March of next year, we made no announcements about NX at E3, the world's largest game expo held in Los Angeles. Our exhibit at E3 focused on the Wii U version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game, for which the same experience will also be available on NX."

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Nintendo's only confirmed first-party game for NX, although Ubisoft has announced that Just Dance 2017 will be available on the console, too.

The first details on NX are due to be revealed later this year with a worldwide release scheduled for March 2017.

Source: Nintendo | The 76th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

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