Nintendo have a “clear idea” about their Wii U successor

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Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata has reiterated that the company will seek to “satisfy” Wii U owners, rather than looking to expedite a successor due to lacklustre sales.

That isn’t to say that the company isn’t already working on their next console and they “already have a clear idea” as to what this will be, being something that they “naturally start to prepare for” due to the length of time it takes for them to develop and finalise hardware.

“Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one,” Iwata clarified in an investors Q&A. “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.”

He continued, “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. However, 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.”

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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