In a Q&A on the official Nintendo site, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata suggested that the company will be heading down a less traditional route with their next console, and possibly offer a hybrid device that will utilize the established architecture of the Wii U to its full potential.
“While we are only going to be able to start this with the next system, it will become important for us to accurately take advantage of what we have done with the Wii U architecture. It of course does not mean that we are going to use exactly the same architecture as Wii U, but we are going to create a system that can absorb the Wii U architecture adequately. When this happens, home consoles and handheld devices will no longer be completely different, and they will become like brothers in a family of systems.”
While Iwata’s statements throughout the discussion strongly suggest that a new platform is in the works, it’s hard to imagine that Nintendo would simply abandon the Wii U — despite its failure to gain any traction in the console market. This also brings to question the future of the 3DS, as its sales have also been declining for some time now.
Senior Managing Director, Shigeru Miyamoto still believes that the Wii U can find its place in the market with first-party titles, and blames the consoles bumpy beginnings on a lack of communication between the company and consumers.
“Consumers also seem very excited about “Mario Kart 8,” and I am confident that they will want to buy it once they have played it. Our biggest downfall last year was that we failed to communicate the true value of Wii U, failed to make children persuade their parents to buy our products for them, and failed to offer products that parents could not resist. “
Whether a new console is around the corner, or Nintendo intends on utilizing their strong first-party library to entice gamers, it will be a tough market to reenter with Sony and Microsoft currently at the helm.