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Nintendo Already Has A “Clear Idea” About Wii U’s Successor
It seems Nintendo already has a “clear idea” about Wii U’s successor, but has stated it won’t abandon the current console until owners are “satisfied.” Company boss Satoru Iwata explained, in an investor Q&A, that the company has already begun working on the next iteration of its hardware.
“Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one,” he explained. “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.
“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.
“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, but 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.
“We do not believe that this year’s estimate of 3.6m units of Wii U hardware will be the peak of its lifecycle, and we would like to work hard to make sure that we give sufficient momentum to the system so that we can expect good results in and after the next fiscal year, too.”
Also interestingly, Iwata re-emphasized that Nintendo has already merged its handheld and console divisions. “As a result, our development of hardware and software can be done in a more unified fashion with individual developers being able to communicate directly with others more closely,” he explains. Could this mean that Nintendo’s next console will be more integrated with its handheld platforms? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Last week Nintendo revealed the Wii U’s total lifetime sales, which sit at 6.17 million. A complete contrast between what Sony’s and Microsoft’s current-gen consoles have been to accumulate sales wise.