Is a new Nintendo console in the works? If anyone can reinvent themselves, it’s Nintendo, and president Satoru Iwata is apparently planning to do just that.
Iwata isn’t giving up on the Nintendo Wii U though. He claims its best days are still ahead. For the sake of Nintendo’s future, we certainly hope so.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Nintendo once again reported a yearly loss in sales for the Wii U, reminding some industry veterans of Sega’s Dreamcast. Iwata claims that Nintendo is not at a dead end though and plans on “redefining” video gaming in a couple of years.
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Called the Quality of Life initiative, it looks like the Wii U could be getting a successor, but Nintendo is keeping the project entirely secret for now. Iwata says he’s planning to talk more about the Quality of Life platform this year, but the big reveal isn’t planned until the next fiscal year (around April 2015).
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated:
“The idea I mentioned about redefining the definition of video game platforms will also require approximately two years. This is how we would like to talk more about our mid-term measures and lead them to actual results. However, we will not be able to create a good environment for the company unless projects are undertaken simultaneously, so this is the kind of timeframe that we have in mind.
“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. 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.”
If any gaming company can redefine gaming, it’s Nintendo. After all, nearly every major change in controllers to date was originally done by Nintendo, the last of which was the Wii remote, which inspired similar products from Sony and Microsoft. A new console from Nintendo could just bring them back from the abyss that the Wii U seems to have them falling into, but it has to be more than just a new controller or handheld device.
Hopefully, the benchmark of 1080p 60fps achieved by Mario Kart 8 will be a sign of where Nintendo is going from here with Quality of Life. A new Nintendo console could be the answer they’re looking for, as long as it doesn’t give us flashbacks of the Virtual Boy.
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