Nintendo President has revealed that the struggling console maker is already making plans for its gaming platform but will only release it when consumers are ‘satisfied’ with the current Wii U.
Satoru Iwata, the global executive and frontman of Nintendo, has boldly faced down the company’s continuing financial losses and investor pressure to go mobile or take the SEGA route of focusing on software, and yesterday opened the floor to questions from the very same parties who have tried to shape the future of Nintendo in the gaming market.
Quotes have surfaced from the Q&A and the President reveals that another console was always on the agenda stating “Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one” and suggests that since hardware takes “several years” to develop Nintendo is always thinking ahead to the next console and is never at a ‘dead end’ when it comes to future hardware launches.
“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” – he says.
With that aforementioned reference to consumer satisfaction over the Wii U we’re left uncertain of whether the next platform Iwata is referring to will be an evolution of the Wii brand – a Wii 3 perhaps– or a brand new product.
To Wii or not to Wii? – we could ask (to bastardise literary greatness.)
Recently Nintendo announced new directions for its business and one of those projects was to work on a ‘cheaper’ console which will aim to please simpler needs and a lesser demanding audience such as the younger gamers and inexperienced games players.
Only time will tell and Nintendo may reveal more about the future console at the E3 expo in June, where it will be announcing and demoing new products during ‘digital’ events and official unveiling its intriguing ‘NFP’ – Nintendo Figure Platform.