Featured Articles

Apple iPad Air 2 costs $275 to build

Apple iPad Air 2 costs $275 to build

IHS has told Recode that the Apple iPad Air 2 16GB Wifi costs only $275 to build -- not bad…

More...
LG sells 16.8 million smartphones in Q3 14

LG sells 16.8 million smartphones in Q3 14

As Samsung is losing market share, another Korean company, which many had written off, is gaining.

More...
LG G Watch R EU price set at €299

LG G Watch R EU price set at €299

LG G Watch R is probably the best looking Android Wear device on the market and many have been waiting for…

More...
Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia GTX 970 SLI tested

Nvidia recently released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture, with exceptional performance-per-watt. The Geforce GTX 970…

More...
Gainward GTX 970 Phantom previewed

Gainward GTX 970 Phantom previewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 26 February 2010 04:48

Nintendo not planning for new hardware soon

Written by David Stellmack

Image

Plenty of life left in the Wii

A variety of sources are claiming that Nintendo thinks that there is a lot of life left in the Wii and they have no immediate plans for a new hardware platform. The quote seems have been attributed to Cammie Dunaway from Nintendo.

The exact quote that we have seen goes similar to this, “I don’t think it’ll be anytime soon,” when recently asked about the possibility of a future console at a Nintendo Summit event. While it is hard to tell how accurate the statement is, we have to think that despite some numbers being tossed around (like the fact that Nintendo has only sold 28 million Wii consoles and Sony has sold 50 million PlayStation 2 consoles) this has little to do with the reality that the Wii is based on a much older hardware platform.

Dunaway is also quoted as saying, “…part of Nintendo’s heritage is to always be looking at innovation.” While Nintendo might not yet have anything new to announce, we have to think that some sort of development is taking place to get the company in the mode of designing a new console for the future.

While who knows when that exact time might come, we have to think it might be much sooner than Dunaway is letting on. The sheer fact that the Wii offers no HD support is becoming more and more an issue. In addition, the retread and recycled GameCube graphics are leading to the console’s inability to handle many of the high-end titles that have to be dubbed down significantly to run on the Wii platform. This has to be of concern to Nintendo, especially when so many developers seem disappointed by the sales of their titles on the Wii.

While the Wii continues to serve an important niche in the marketplace for family gaming as well as appealing to younger children, we have to wonder if this alone will allow the platform to continue to grow significantly enough to continue to extend the Wii’s life cycle. Sounds like a lot more questions than answers, but our sources assure us that Nintendo is keeping an eye on things, perhaps better than they are letting on.

Last modified on Friday, 26 February 2010 11:24

David Stellmack

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments