Nintendo is always working on the next new hardware. In fact, once a system launches, Nintendo starts work on the next one. President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata explains to investors at the recent financial briefing:

“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…in fact, we already have a clear idea to some extent about the direction our next hardware is going to take.”

“We already have a clear idea to some extent about the direction our next hardware is going to take.”

However, according to Iwata, in order to achieve success with future systems, consumer satisfaction with current platforms is key. In the briefing he explains:

“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. 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.”

“our strategy of focusing on software has not changed.”

Focusing on the software continues to be Nintendo’s strategy. Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. 4 are two major titles set to hit the Wii U in the coming fiscal year. The introduction of these two games, plus announcements at this summer’s E3, has the potential to dramatically increase Wii U sales, as explained by Iwata:

“Our internal software development teams directed by Shigeru Miyamoto (Senior Managing Director and General Manager of Entertainment Analysis & Development Division) are committed to developing several titles that focus on offering unique experiences only made possible with the Wii U GamePad in order for a large number of people to understand the Wii U GamePad’s significance. The titles we are preparing to show you at E3 vary from being nearly complete to still in the early phases of development but with the core of its appeal noticeable. Therefore, our strategy of focusing on software has not changed.”

“The Pokemon game singlehandedly changed the landscape of the system.”

Iwata reminds us that a single title can completely alter the course for a gaming system. Several years ago, the Game Boy was experiencing a major decrease in sales. Suddenly, Pokemon came along and the Game Boy became more successful than ever. He states:

“The Pokemon game singlehandedly changed the landscape of the system, which then started to show the strongest sales in the lifecycle of the system.”

Iwata acknowledges the Wii U’s poor sales, assuring investors that Nintendo plans to “work hard to make sure that we give sufficient momentum to the system so that we can expect good results in and after the next fiscal year.”

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  • CEObrainz

    Give me Mario Kart 8, Smash 4, Zelda U, Galaxy 3, Prime 4, Star Fox, F-Zero, Fire Emblem, games I don’t know I want, Monster Hunter 4 and Kid Icarus and I’d be satisfied for this gen.

    Also, whilst a single game can save a console, I expect Nintendo to produce multiple games with this reasoning. If two heads are better than one, a variety of console saving games would be too!

    • True Davad

      I am somewhat neutral on Galaxy 3 since they already made 2 and I think they really need more good story mario games like Sunshine or the RPGs, but love all your other suggestions. Mario Kart 8, Smash 4, and Zelda U are already confirmed. I think Monster Hunter 4 was already made in Japan. Kid Icarus for Wii U would be fun, after all Uprising was amazing. Star Fox needs a return, but not as badly as F-Zero. I also love Prime Trilogy and think that gameplay is awesome while I didn’t like Other M’s gameplay so a return to Prime gameplay would be awesome. If they do make these I agree it would drastically boost sales. Oh and they always make stuff you don’t know you want but I am not sure that is a system seller.

      • CEObrainz

        I’d like a Mario game that feels as good as Galaxy did whilst bringing something new, perhaps looking at a more open world…or planet hopping using some new “space jump” ability. Monster Hunter 4 is confirmed for 3DS, but there is no word about a Wii U version. Other M was atrocious imo, the prime series is just so much better for me.

        As long as I get my Zelda, the rest is just cherries on the cake.

        • True Davad

          Your Monster Hunter Info matches what I heard. I never beat Other M so I was referring to game play. I have heard alot of complaints about certain elements of other M’s soty though. I loved Prime Trilogy, so I definetly want a return to that Gameplay or at least something better than other M. And yes I need Zelda U. No idea what it will be about but I’m sure it will be amazing.

          • CEObrainz

            I finished Other M at 96%. It’s the easiest game to date (in my opinion) and the game mechanics don’t compare to any other title in the series. Prime was much better but I hope they try to innovate once more and make us feel like a bad-ass bounty hunter again….

        • Anthony Moseley

          I’d love to see another open-world Mario game similar to how Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine were.

          • CEObrainz

            I’ve always imagined a Mario 64 where the castle was in the centre of the map and you just ran from area to area looking for stars…all one big seamless adventure.

    • Amanda

      New Star Fox would make me oh so very happy!

      • Anthony Moseley

        I’m starting to wonder if Nintendo has completely forgotten about how much people loved the Star Fox games.

      • CEObrainz

        What kind of Star Fox game? I’d hope for more variety in game modes and Wii Sports Resort like flying, but also less content on the ground.

        • Anthony Moseley

          I’d love to see more of a Star Fox 64 type Star Fox game and keep strictly air missions. The ground missions on Assault were just way too clunky, so I think they should keep them out unless they can perfect them. Could you imagine how epic the ground missions in Star Fox would be if they were similar to the ones in Mass Effect? Holy crap!

          I also wasn’t a fan of strategic elements of Command, and didn’t like how missions were done completely solo without your wingmates. It just didn’t feel like Star Fox to me.

          • CEObrainz

            I do think Nintendo would make the gameplay much more interesting. Also using the Wii U Gamepad, strategic decisions could be made easily and the depth of gameplay would be increased yet again.

    • Anthony Moseley

      The thing about Nintendo is, they have such a vast array of great first-party titles that they truly don’t need third-party support to be successful. Let’s face it, Nintendo truly has the best first-party games of any console, no contest and no argument about it. If they released every game you mentioned this year, plus some great second-party titles like X and Bayonetta 2 (and maybe a surprise or two), not to mention a bunch of great indie games, there’s little doubt that the Wii U would easily surpass both the X-Box One and the PS4.

      • CEObrainz

        That’s not entirely true, Nintendo does need 3rd Party titles to be released in between all their 1st parties. If Nintendo were to pull an EA and release a new Mario, Zelda, Metroid every year then yes I would say they could only rely on 1st party, however we’d also be losing the quality that these titles usually bring.

        I don’t agree that the Wii U will surpass the PS4, I’m a Nintendo fan till the day I give up gaming, but in this case the PS4 sells consistently well (apart from Japan). It’s games have the better ports in general and Sony have been marketing it like crazy. The XBone on the other hand looks like it will sell the least this generation, which is unfortunate as I’ve had fun playing on it.

        • Anthony Moseley

          I don’t necessarily mean it would surpass in sales, but overall enjoyability. Personally, I’m still waiting for a game to be released on the PS4/XBoxOne that I’m actually interested in.

          • CEObrainz

            That makes sense, there is little that makes me interested yet for both other consoles, however there are games in the future that I wish did come to the Wii U (Star Wars Battlefront 3 for example).

            This part I agree with completely, Nintendo know how to manage themselves and their bank account speaks bounds about their ability to make and save money.

            The only thing I’d want Nintendo to do is buy Capcom. IP’s like Mega-man and Monster Hunter would be great under Nintendo however the amount of people looking for the next Street Fighter would probably be pissed off if they had to buy a Nintendo console to play the games.

  • Zansouki

    anyone hear about that “shard of nightmare” rumor for the new Zelda title?? supposedly its going to be unveiled this E3 but that title sounds way too corny and un-Nintendo (if that makes sense) for a Zelda title.

    • Keimori

      “Shard of Nightmare” sounds like a possible working title or theme heading Nintendo might be running with.
      I recall reading in an interview once that the Zelda team likes giving such temp nicknames to their works in progress to keep the team on the same page; now, the name they give is often too generic or, as you put it, too “un-Nintendo” to be used as the actual title, but it helps the whole team focus. In this case, (if it is true) the team can focus on “shards” and “nightmares” and incorporate it into their work, then build upon those ideas.

  • Guest

    I had a comment to post here, but apparently ZU didn’t think it was good enough to be posted. 🙁

  • I’m waiting for this product for a long time and now I want to experience it.

  • Joshua Wenzel-Dye

    I disagree with him using Pokemon as an analogy. Pokemons initial popularity was from kids taking it to school and other kids seeing it played between two kids and wanting to get their own so they could join in. That doesn’t really work with a console game, its not like you can take your gamepad and play it wherever you want. Unless their next console will basically be a gamepad sized DS that hooks to the tv when you want and holds the software so you can take it on the go.

  • Keimori

    I trust you Iwata, let the business analyst and investors squawk about the numbers, you guys just keep doing what you do best and prove the naysayers wrong.