GameStop COO Tony Bartel has perhaps given the biggest indication yet that Nintendo NX will be launching in 2016.

At a recent GameStop event, Bartel spoke about company growth and let slip that "console launches" are coming this year:

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.

When pushed on the consoles he was referring to, Bartel replied:

As usual, we know more than we can share.

We already know that Sony is rumoured to be working on a revised PlayStation 4 system, a move which Microsoft has denied it will be following with its Xbox One - despite the rumours. That leaves Nintendo as the other prime candidate for a hardware launch in 2016.

GameStop - like any major retailer - will be given early information on such launches in order to plan for the year ahead. The retailer has been correct with predictions in the past, too.

Are your wallets ready?

[via alphr.com]