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Nintendo is "preparing for [its] next hardware system", CEO Satoru Iwata has confirmed, and "already [has] a clear idea to some extent about the direction [the] next hardware is going to take".

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Iwata discussed the next-gen console during the firm's financial results briefing, revealing that it had been preparing for its next hardware since the launch of the Wii U.

"Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one," Iwata said, when asked by an investor when Nintendo was planning to launch its next-generation video game system. "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.

"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."

Despite having ideas for the new hardware, though, Nintendo won't drop the Wii U until consumers are “satisfied” with the console, Iwata says.

"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," he continues. "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."

Whatever direction the console takes, though, don't expect to see it soon. Nintendo confirmed earlier this month that it would not be revealing new hardware during E3 next month.

Source: nintendo.co.jp

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MJTH

To be fair that's the same when it comes to Microsoft and Sony. Development of new console takes a lot of time to finish so generally the big three will plan ahead with a general idea as to what to for their next console. Plans are never set in stone.

I am "satisfied" with my purchase of a Wii U however, that doesn't mean I don't want more games for the platform. I was "satisfied" with my 3DS when MK7 came out, but that doesn't mean the last 2 years of awesome games since then weren't wanted.
Posted 16:42 on 13 May 2014
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I hope by the term "satisfy" he means Mario Kart and Smash Bros. The likes of the next Zelda and Mario should be kept to launch the new system and not wasted on Wii U.
Posted 15:48 on 13 May 2014
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Herbis

That's good to hear.
I am somewhat satisfied with the platform, as it can also play Wii games and provides fun experience no other platform does (at least not at the same level). I would like to see more people that have Wii's upgrade to it, and others to give it a try. And of course I would like to see more games come out on it.
Posted 15:47 on 13 May 2014
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