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Iwata Discusses Wii and DS Successor Confusion

Andriasang: During a Q&A session at a recent investors meeting, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata was asked about Nintendo's upcoming hardware plans. Iwata's response was simply that Nintendo has R&D divisions for both portable and console hardware and these divisions are of course conducting research into subsequent hardware. However, he said that he would not speak about what kind of product Nintendo will be releasing next.

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Agent Smith2851d ago

I just noticed that this must be Iwata's senior photo.

hatchimatchi2850d ago

There won't be a second wii out for a long time.

Why would nintendo divide their new found fanbase when the system is selling like it was just released. Their profits may have taken a small dive bit it's still leaps and bounds above the SCEA and Microsoft Game Division.

The wii is here to stay for quite some time and I think the ps3 and 360 will be here for a long time too. The economy is in shambles and with the ps3 motion controller and natal coming out, if those are both successful they will add years of life to easch respective system.

I think they'll both (natal/wand) suck though.

EvilTwin2850d ago

The only reason I'd question that is because of the sheer number of first-party games we've seen out of Nintendo already. Two 3D Mario platformers in one gen is a first for them. Two Metroids, plus a compilation? And then there's the biggest gun, Zelda. This late in the Wii's life cycle, I doubt Nintendo would put the time in for another LoZ.

So why not release a new console if they've saturated the current one? Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see a new IP like Dynamic Slash released here, and if Retro is working on a new online shooter, I'm going to nod off into a daze of ecstasy.

But I just don't see how Nintendo keeps putting off releasing new hardware indefinitely. The next Zelda will probably push Wii to the breaking point. Ditto Retro's game. Once you go that far, how much more can you push?

SuperStrokey11232850d ago

They dont need to push though, thats the thing. The best sellign wii games are the ones that dont stress the system at all, NSMB, wii fit, mario kart, all are pretty simple games that dont push the envelope yet sell millions.

Why risk losing sales when you are way way ahead and no sign of slowing down?

The wii is here to stay cause there is literally no reason for it not to stay. They make more money selling it and not introducing a new system. It will allow them to have mroe cash on hand to make their next system even better than before.

Gr812850d ago

Hatch. But I also think regardless of the Wand/Natal consumer response, Those machines' lifespan wouldn't be affected either way. I don't think tech plays as big a part in gaming as people think.

Content is king. Tech should be used as a vehicle to explore new content. I think this is why many games now feel stale to longtime gamers (such as myself) because we've been there done that. With the only change really being the visuals only. But how many games are better this gen than their previous gens counterparts? Maybe a few?

Natal/Wand can be fantastic tech but without compelling content both will fail miserably. If nothing else it should give us a good show.

On a side note, Hatch: I want to offer my apologies for some of my choice of words in the other thread. Disagreements don't have to come at the expense of respect.

asdr3wsfas2850d ago (Edited 2850d ago )

"Content is king. Tech should be used as a vehicle to explore new content. I think this is why many games now feel stale to longtime gamers (such as myself) because we've been there done that. With the only change really being the visuals only. But how many games are better this gen than their previous gens counterparts? Maybe a few?"

This is exactly right. It is why the old neo geo, 3do, turbografix, and jaguar lost despite better tech and why the ps2 won despite being the slowest of all consoles that gen. People buy systems for content - games, not tech.

The big problem with most HD titles is what you suggest - they're selling the exact same game. In some cases like GTA4 it's actually worse than the ps2 titles. But they all play the same. Nothing plays as a combination rhythm and boxing game like punchout. Meanwhile there are hundreds of sandbox gta clones!

hatchimatchi2850d ago

no worries arius

i'm not the most level headed person either, lol.

SuperStrokey11232849d ago

Guys stop being sensible, this is N4G.

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Gen0ne2850d ago

I can't believe how much I don't care about what you guys do anymore. Your console makes me sad, as well as the direction you've decided to take in. I waited 2 days out on the cold streets of LA for your machine and got into it with countless gamers defending the Wii, 'cause you sold me on a new way to play. Three, mostly, unimpressive years later your machine gets nothing but nasty looks of distain from me. Only 2 things keep it from trade-in status. Zelda and Other M. ( Galaxy 2 is not on my agenda ) After those two, that's a wrap. As stated by EvilTwin above, anything Retro does will pique my intrest, but other than that, I'm done.

ChickeyCantor2850d ago

I will never understand why people talk in these sections as if they have crocodile tears.

And that what baffles me is how people keep repeating it.

What do you want?
I mean if you really didn't care for what they will do, why be here?

Bodyboarder_VGamer2850d ago

sidar I think you should read more than just the first sentence of his comment before unloading your guns... You look even more stupid than MEGATRON D now. In every Nintendo related article there's always going to be someone with a negative point of view, that happens on every article no matter the console so calm down.

In my opinion the Wii needs HD so it does not hurt my eyes when playing on my HDtv but the console is doing so great that Nintendo does not even care anyway.

asdr3wsfas2850d ago (Edited 2850d ago )

"In my opinion the Wii needs HD so it does not hurt my eyes when playing on my HDtv but the console is doing so great that Nintendo does not even care anyway."

The comb filter in your hdtv is cheap and doesn't upconvert well, go buy a good hdtv and this problem is solved. Mine is 500 dollar rebranded proscan crap with a notably junky comb filter and it still looks good.

A truism of pixel based graphics is that distance smooths all jaggies.

"I waited 2 days out on the cold streets of LA for your machine and got into it with countless gamers defending the Wii, 'cause you sold me on a new way to play."

While wii sports resort does lessen this criticism this is the biggest problem I have with the wii. Games like NMH2 and MH3 don't use wm+ or full motion controls for SWORDFIGHTING. They better release dynamic slash in the us or I will be pissed.

Also note that nintendo isn't really the one to blame here. They did WSR, Dynamic Slash, Mario Power Tennis, Wii fit, and Wario Ware: Smooth movies before even considering the 3 racing games with the wheel they have. It's basically a failure of the third parties. Which is why no one buys their crap - they think the market is stupid and we're actually just bored!

hatchimatchi2850d ago

the wii does not need HD.

HD visuals are a treat to have but it doesn't make games all the more fun, at least for me they don't.

What the wii needs is for 3rd parties to actually make some good games. 2010 is shaping up to be pretty good but it shouldn't take 4 years for developers to pull their heads out of their behinds.

Gen0ne2850d ago (Edited 2850d ago )

Ok, I can see where you'd say that. But my butt hurt behavior stems from my love for the company. They're the reason ( namely Super Mario NES ) I game today. I know that their business sense has them laughing all the way to the bank, which is good considering the GC hurt them last gen. I dunno... guess I just want Nintendo to step up a little/a lot more. 720p would be a nice change, because yes, I believe the Wii should have HD by now.

AnotherGamerUser2850d ago

Last Story doesn't interest you at all?

ChickeyCantor2850d ago

@body,

Dont call other people stupid if you dont understand the comment yourself.

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