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New Nintendo Console Confirmed in Development

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While it’s not uncommon for game companies to get to work on their next console not long after the release of a new one, it’s certainly new for members of the company to be discussing the new console as early as Shigeru Miyamoto did to the AP.

In a recent article, Miyamoto sat down with writer Derrik J. Lang to talk about Nintendo’s current offerings, and Miyamoto let slip “For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems. while we’re busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be.” Later Miyamoto stated “I think that maybe when we release the next hardware system, you can look forward to seeing Mario take on a new role or in a new game.”

This, of course, plays nicely into a rumor of Nintendo looking at shape-shifting LCD screens. Of course, any speculation we have is just that right now, and nothing other than R&D is confirmed, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Nintendo released a new system sooner rather than later. The Wii U is dramatically under powered compared to the other 8th-gen systems. In fact, most people refer to it more as a 7.5-gen system due to its decreased hardware power and its release a year before the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you take that with their statements of going back to “hardcore gaming“, it’s possible we could see a full 8th-gen or an “8.5-gen” console from Nintendo. Of course, that would involve them trying to move away from the family-friendly market they virtually have cornered, but if the craze for Super Smash Bros.Hyrule WarriorsMario Kart 8, and more has shown anything it’s that their best, most loyal customers are the “hardcore gamers”.

If anything, I would probably expect a new Nintendo console in 2 to 3 years, 4 tops but I feel like an earlier release would benefit them more. The company’s new focus on gamers definitely means a lot, and there’s a good chance it’s really helping this year’s sales and will probably help out next year’s sales as well. As of now, there is no official hardware announcement from Nintendo, and no project name like the previous ones have received (Project Dolphin, Revolution, etc.). This is more just a good sign that Nintendo has absolutely no desire to leave the home console market anytime soon.

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About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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