Nintendo?s president, Satoru Iwata, boasts that they still have a lot of planned offerings and ideas for Nintendo, particularly, new systems.
The 3DS and Wii U platforms from Nintendo are still relatively new if you?ll compare it with an average lifespan of a console or handheld. However, Nintendo states that they ?already have a ?clear? idea about how they?ll proceed with a new hardware. In a recent Q&A session, Iwata mentioned that it is actually a standard operating procedure, that once they have released a platform, they will proceed on working on another one right away. It has been always the same for them, and this generation is not an exception to this rule.
“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,” ? Iwata
However, Iwata declined to mention when the hardware will be released. He didn?t give much detail about it as well, whether it?d be a home console, a handheld device, or something we haven?t seen or thought of yet. The good thing is, Iwata assured that they are not ?out of ideas? at all.
Iwata also said that they are working hard on delivering good games for consumers who already own their systems 3DS and Wii U. Along with this extended effort, they are also preparing the future of Nintendo.
“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,”
“As I explained back in January, it is true that we cannot draw up a good business plan for Wii U by assuming that Wii U will sell more than Wii did. Therefore, we will need to think very carefully about the balance of revenue and expenses and try to operate by controlling overall costs,” Nintendo president added.
“On the other hand, we do not believe that this year?s estimate of 3.60 million units of Wii U hardware will be the peak of its lifecycle, and we would like to work hard to make sure that we give sufficient momentum to the system so that we can expect good results in and after the next fiscal year, too. However, as for this fiscal year, as I explained before, the figures you see have been determined by rather conservative estimates.”
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