We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Nintendo: Next Wii is not 'particularly interesting'

Boss admits second-gen model is in the works


Nintendo's president has revealed that work has begun on the follow-up to the Nintendo Wii console.

However, Satoru Iwata added that he doesn't view video game hardware as "particularly interesting".

"We are always preparing for the next hardware," Iwata said. "We are under development. ... But the hardware is a kind of box that consumers reluctantly buy in order to play our games."

So don't expect any more details about that for a long while, especially since Nintendo just made more money on software over the past year than its two main competitors, Sony and Microsoft, combined.

Iwata was worried about one issue, however: How Nintendo would surprise gamers and the gaming industry as utterly and totally as it has done with both the DS and Wii.

"Every hardware needs some revolutionary features," Iwata said. "This time around, it happened to be we had a revolutionary user interface. Will it be the same for the next generation? I really can't tell.

"It's natural for the current customer to expect Nintendo is going to once again do something different," he continues. "If the people are expecting so many different things from Nintendo, it's going to be difficult for us to go beyond that expectation again."

Nintendo Wii review

See Games Advisor for more games news, reviews and free games downloads


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

LED vs Halogen: Why now could be the right time to invest in LED bulbs

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia