New Hardware from Nintendo? No.

Nope! Nintendo isn't about to release a new console, and it's likely they're not even planning a new console at this stage, unless it's a Wii U or 3DS with a slightly revised form factor.

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Lenns1637d ago

If they aren't even planning a new console now then they are in trouble. Pretty sure MS and Sony have already started planning theirs.

Phil321637d ago

Of course they're working on a new console already. That's generally how it works.

One console down, start R&D on the next.

SilentNegotiator1637d ago

Exactly. Major R&D for the next system always starts almost immediately.

And they would be stupid to succeed or sidestep their hardware already. They have to make back their money with current hardware or else investors will abandon them. Even if they did release an Android tablet (as per the rumors) successfully and without taking away from the 3DS, they would make themselves look weak; like they were waving the white flag to all of the doom speak.

Metallox1637d ago

Wii development started practically after GameCube's launch, Wii U development started almost immediately after the Wii's launch. It's pretty obvious that Nintendo it's developing Wii U's successor.

gpturbo811637d ago

ms and sony should worry about droppin some games before they start a new console.

SolidDuck1637d ago

I agree. But they need to do something. I think they need to drop the gamepad screen. No one is using it in very innovative ways anyway. But cutting the cost of the screen and putting a pro controller with it instead. They could drop the price then, maybe even down to 199. Id buy one for that price for sure, just for nintendo's first party games even. They still make incredibly fun 1st party games. Just a thought.

Chard1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

None of the games I'm looking forward to are likely to be greatly enhanced by a touch screen.

Maybe also release a Pro controller that has some personality instead of everything on it being just one colour, not to mention a fingerprint magnet.

lilbroRx1637d ago

Your alone thier. I bough tthe Wii U over the other console specifically for the gamepad.

Its also hardwired into the requirements for modes games on the console.

Dropping it would be like Sony dropping the Cell from the PS3.

deafdani1637d ago

Nope. While it's true that the gamepad has been largedly neglected in the majority of Wii U games to date, it's also the sole reason something like Miiverse is possible.

And Miiverse is a BIG card on the Wii U; probably much bigger than most people realize (especially people without a Wii U console to check it out themselves).

I honestly don't need every single Wii U game to be as unique as Nintendoland or Zombi U; and I actually don't expect that from multiplatform games (changing the way your game plays only to accomodate a single console doesn't make much sense); however, Nintendo themselves SHOULD make more games that use the Gamepad to their favor, even if it's just for small details to improve the game.

Zelda Wind Waker HD was a damn good example of this. The Gamepad was actually optional in that game, but it offered a very improved experience when compared to the Gamecube control - something as simple as having the inventory and the map on your second screen eliminates the need to pause, and makes the game flow better. For me, that's quite a noticeable difference when you play.

So, no, forget about dropping the Gamepad. However, they can still introduce a new model of the Wii U made with cheaper components, and maybe a smaller and cheaper Gamepad as well. That could help reduce the manufacturing price, thus allowing them to cut the price a bit more; similar to what Sony did with the "ultra slim" PS3 (the disk slot slider is one of the components that make that console significantly cheaper to manufacture).

MrPoopyPants1637d ago

In the age of upgrading every year (iPhone, iPad) I think Nintendo, and all consoles, should be ready to change on a whim.

iplay1up21637d ago

The development cycle for most AAA games is 2 years or more and the budget for those games is HUGE. They need a large install base to recupe money invested on those games. so no that will not work

Parapraxis1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

Terrible idea.
And people who have the lack of self control and upgrade constantly are also terrible and feeding the problem.

lilbroRx1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

That defeats the entire purpose of console. We already have PC's to serve that function.

Consoles are meant to be stable platform made specifically for game and games alone. Sony and Microsfot have twisted that with their media function focus and focus on hardware specs like that makes games better.

Super Mario Bros 1 on the NES is still more fun than 90% of the games that release these days.

wonderfulmonkeyman1637d ago

They're planning one, they just won't release it for another 4 or 5 years.

Metallox1637d ago

I think 3-4 years, considering Wii U's performance.

wonderfulmonkeyman1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

Nah. That would be equivalent to pulling a Sega.
They'll let the system run its full 4 to 5 year course before putting out a new one, in order to preserve brand trust.
Maybe even 6, depending on whether or not the Wii U recovers sufficiently.

iplay1up21637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

Nintendo would not abandon the Wii U yet, but yes I am sure they are at least at the drawing board with the plans for a new console in about 4-5 years.

There are too many 1st party Wii U/3Ds games being developed for them to spread themselves any thinner. Look at Gamecube/Wii/Wii U. They all have their Swansong, albeit Twilight was the Gamecube swan/ it was the same accept the mirror and controls. Skyward was Wii's. They sure as hell are not going to go out of the Wii U business with Smash Bros or Mario Kart.

Nintendo also can not afford to release their next home console without a system seller. Even though Skyward was on the Cube, most people who are Zelda fans wanted the Wii version. I like NSMB, but is very similar to what was done on Wii with HD graphics. Not so much a system seller that showed what the Wii U could do. I love Nintendo land, but most people just think of it as mini games, which it kind of is, but way more in depth.

Nope Nintendo's next console will need some killer 1st party games, which they should start to develop in the next 3 years, so they can release them on their shiny new console.

In the mean time, there are some amazing games out for Wii U and this year Wii U has a killer lineup. I can not wait to see what else Nintendo has coming up, after Smash Bros, Donkey Kong, Bayonetta, Mario Kart, X.

As of right now as someone who likes playing games, I am playing more Wii U right now than ever. My PS4 is a dustball right now, till next month, and then some games are coming out that I REALLY WANT.

R00bot1637d ago

Hopefully their next console can release with a sequel to X. Considering when X is coming out, and assuming the Wii U has at least 4-5 years left it should be possible to release a sequel at or around their next console's release.

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