Nintendo are already planning their next console in the face of sluggish Wii U sales, but promises to "work hard to ensure that consumers who already own our platforms are satisfied" over the coming years.
""I would like to say that we are preparing for our next hardware system, and in fact, we already have a clear idea to some extent about the direction our next hardware is going to take," explained Ninty president Satoru Iwata in a recent sales call. [via ONM]
Hardware manufacturers are always developing new console hardware, so it's no surprise that Nintendo are already making headway on the Wii U's successor."Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one," Iwata elaborated. "As it takes several years to develop a single platform, if you ask us whether we are preparing for our next system, then the correct response will be that we are always developing new hardware."
"On the other hand, the most difficult question for us to answer in public in concrete terms is when we are going to launch our new hardware and what kind of hardware we are going to launch, and I am afraid that I cannot talk about this in more detail. However, I can certainly assure you that we are not at a dead end of any kind in which we are out of ideas for developing new hardware."
Interesting. Let's brainstorm. Perhaps we can expect a console that... has Mario on it... and, erm, also Zelda on it? Don't get me wrong, that's what we love about Nintendo consoles, but trying to predict their hardware is very difficult at least in terms of inputs and peripherals. Perhaps recent rumours about a 'Fusion' prototype that features a powerful console as a base station for a new handheld has merit, or they'll look to go back to basics with a straightforward controller-equipped machine. Many pundits suggest that Nintendo simply can't or won't release a new living room console, but it's clear that the Big N begs to differ.
Speaking of "dead end," though, Nintendo are still committed to making the sluggish Wii U a success, and won't just leave it by the wayside in favour of newer hardware. "I of course believe that launching new hardware will not produce good results unless we first make sure that those who have already purchased our platforms are satisfied", Iwata cooed at us early adopters.
"We will continue to work hard to ensure that consumers who already own our platforms are satisfied, and make sure that people will continue to see great value in our software."
With Mario Kart 8 and its superb free game deal nearly upon us, Nintendo reckon that they'll shift some more bundles - and for the record, the Wii U's existing game library puts both PS4 and Xbox One to shame. Whether they can capitalise on sensational quality with mainstream success, or quietly create a legendary cult system that everyone praises yet no-one actually buys, remains to be seen.
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