For those who might have been thinking that Nintendo was headed the Sega route after the relative disaster that the Wii U has been, you might want to think again.
Company president Satoru Iwata has told investors in a recent statement that the company is already preparing for their next console and followup to their current dual-screen box, the Wii U. Now, before you get all excited (or confused as to how they could possibly be putting out a new console less than three years into the Wii U’s lifespan), there’s nothing new coming out this year. Probably.
“Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one. 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.”
In the same breath, Iwata assured those on the Wii U train that the floundering console wouldn’t be running out of steam or support anytime soon, even with low sales and not much in the way of expectations except for Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. Even so though, it is somewhat reassuring to hear that the console won’t be left to die by the company and they won’t be rushing to bring out something new just to try and make a quick buck.
“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. 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.”
More as it develops on the Nintendo front as we look to E3 next month; we’ll keep you covered.
No, I wouldn’t expect them to do what Sega did and release a new console so soon. Not unless they want to become a third party. In all fairness though, we do have Bayonetta 2 and X to look forward to as well; just not a concrete release date yet.