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Nintendo NX Coming in March 2017, New Zelda Delayed Again

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Nintendo just announced that their next generation console, the Nintendo NX, will be launching in March of 2017. This announcement came amidst a great deal of speculation and rumors that production of the Wii U would cease this year. While those rumors were largely debunked by Nintendo, many took even the rumors as a sign that the NX was incoming soon. And that turned out to be the case.

Kotaku reported that Nintendo’s upcoming E3 schedule would not include any additional information about the NX, but the new untitled Zelda title, which was delayed once already, has been pushed back to coincide with the launch of the NX, which suggests that it will be a launch title for the system.

Don’t worry, Wii U owners, it’s still launching for the Wii U as well as per Nintendo’s promise. No official announcement has been made yet, but Nintendo alluded to a “Wii U” version of the game, hinting that it will be launched for both.

Nintendo issues the following announcement regarding their E3 lineup

Nintendo changes its approach to the show every year. This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda franchise. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo’s E3 plans will be announced in the future.

Some outlets are calling aspects of this move a huge mistake while others are lauding it as the “smartest thing they’ve done in years.” What do you think? Is the NX Nintendo’s Dreamcast? Or is this a sign of Nintendo’s return to power in the console market? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to follow OSP on Facebook and Twitter (@Official_OnlySP) for all things single player, including more news on Nintendo’s upcoming Zelda title and details about the NX.

Update: We found a Tweet that confirms that the new Zelda game will indeed be launched on both systems simultaneously.

 https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica/status/725224978984083456

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Sci-Fi Adventure Tether Back in Development, Demo Released

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Freesphere Entertainment has announced that Tether is back in active development, almost a year after it was put on hold.

Alongside the announcement, the team has finally released the prototype version of the previous incarnation of the project for free on itch.io. According to the announcement, the decision to release the demo came because “it seemed silly to have years of hard work sat there for people who worked on it to not get any recognition.”

The post also suggests that Freesphere has gone back to the drawing board for the project, saying that it is seeking to reduce the scope of the story and hinting at a “new direction.”

The demo is a long time coming, as creative director Mark Gregory first told OnlySP late last year that it would be made available as part of a larger interview discussing some of the problems and struggles faced by the team members, which included underfunding, a lack of publisher interest, and personal burnout.

For anyone unfamiliar with Tether, the sci-fi adventure promises to tell the story of a mother trapped aboard a space station while on a mission to prevent environmental collapse. While the premise raises echoes of the ‘walking simulator’ format, the game was quite ambitious, featuring time manipulation mechanics, a reactive AI enemy similar to Alien: Isolation‘s xenomorph, and immersive sim elements. How much of that will be retained in the new version remains to be seen.

OnlySP’s Amy Davidson has already pledged to trial the demo as a future entry in the Friday Freebies Club, which this week will examine \SPEK.TAKL\, so watch out for that.

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