Nintendo Preparing New Console While Counting 992 Million Dollars

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Nintendo engineers are busily preparing new hardware, while trying not to break the concentration of Mario-in-Chief Satoru Iwata while he counts the $3.9 billion in sales and $992 million in profits they have made this quarter. "We are always preparing for the next hardware. We are under development," he declared. However, according to Chris Morris, he warned fans not to expect too much:

Every hardware needs some revolutionary features. 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. 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.

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So there you have it: no brain interfaces, no holodecks, no Matrix. But as Microsoft and Sony's game divisions keep bleeding money, I'm sure Iwata is not giving a damn about the future, four or six years from now, when new generation consoles are expected to hit the market. [Kotaku and Forbes]

DISCUSSION

I have a Wii and a 360. I tend to stick with one game for a long period of time and then switch to another, so one of my consoles is always gathering dust, so to speak. Right now, both the 360 and Wii are gathering dust as I'm predominantly PC gaming right now. (Eve Online)

However, I do agree with the comment made earlier than the PS3 and 360 are competing with a mostly different demographic than the Wii is. The PS3 and 360 are fighting a war for the hardcore gamer market. Wii is going for everyone who isn't a hardcore gamer.

Personally, I love the idea of the Wii. The abundance of minigame titles is slightly annoying, but a few of them (I'm thinking Warioware here) are worth playing. Overall, though, the Wii is definitely worth it for me. Then again, so is the 360. I was addicted to Gears of War for months and months.