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Retro
05-13-2014, 11:32 AM
Not really shocking that they have begun work on a new console, Sony & MS have too.


Nintendo already has "a clear idea" about what direction it plans to go in with its follow-up to the Wii U, though it won't be released until owners of its current console are "satisfied". The news comes courtesy of an investor Q&A (http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/140508qa/index.html), in which company boss Satoru Iwata explained Nintendo has already begun working on the next iteration of its hardware.

"Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one," he explained. "As it takes several years to develop a single platform, if you ask us whether we are preparing for our next system, then the correct response will be that we are always developing new hardware.
"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, but I would like to say that we are preparing for our next hardware system, and in fact, we already have a clear idea to some extent about the direction our next hardware is going to take.
"We do not believe that this year's estimate of 3.6m units of Wii U hardware will be the peak of its lifecycle, and we would like 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, too."

Interestingly, elsewhere in the Q&A, Iwata re-emphasises that the company has merged its handheld and home console divisions. "As a result, our development of hardware and software can be done in a more unified fashion with individual developers being able to communicate directly with others more closely," he explains. Will this have a bearing on the next Nintendo console? Time will tell.
Last week, Nintendo announced another annual loss and revealed 6.17 million Wii U consoles have been sold (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/05/07/nintendo-announces-another-annual-loss-617-million-wii-u-consoles-sold) since its November 2012 launch. Other firmer plans for the company's future include plans to branch off into a "quality of life" entertainment and health business (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/04/28/iwata-wants-to-redefine-nintendo), along with a fresh range of NFC figurines (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/05/08/nintendo-shows-off-nfc-mario-figurine).

Major Stains
05-13-2014, 11:39 AM
A short console cycle I can live with, that is just part of the modern world of tech we live in.
What annoys me is them killing the servers for MP titles because they aren't financially viable.
Not only Nintendo are doing this but the online for BF 1942, Crysis and more are all getting the chop.

I guess when we buy into these consoles/ games, we should be realistic not to expect more than 5 years out of them!

Retro
05-13-2014, 11:52 AM
What annoys me is them killing the servers for MP titles because they aren't financially viable.
Not only Nintendo are doing this but the online for BF 1942, Crysis and more are all getting the chop.

I guess when we buy into these consoles/ games, we should be realistic not to expect more than 5 years out of them!

BF 1942 came out in 2002. Crysis came out in 2007.

How long are the servers suppose to stay up and how many people still actually play them? It costs money to keep those servers going and I think the people who played the games online got their $60 worth long ago. Unless people are willing to shell out a subscription fee to keep them alive, servers will get shut down.

Major Stains
05-13-2014, 01:34 PM
BF 1942 came out in 2002. Crysis came out in 2007.

How long are the servers suppose to stay up and how many people still actually play them? It costs money to keep those servers going and I think the people who played the games online got their $60 worth long ago. Unless people are willing to shell out a subscription fee to keep them alive, servers will get shut down.

Admittedly those are fairly dated now, but just because a game gets old it doesn't mean it still isn't any good and that it doesn't have a small hardcore fan base.
I was just illustrating it wasn't just Nintendo shutting down servers.
But it does suck that Nintendo brings out a backwards compatible console, then 18 months later shuts down the integral part of most of those games.
I mean CoD MW3 came out in 2011, and had as many people playing last week as Ghosts did.

It's a risky move kicking those players out into the cold thinking they will buy a Wii U, and not thinking for a minute that those people won't just think 'sorry Nintendo, you've had your chance I'm buying PS4/ X1'

Three years is too short a shelf life for online play if you ask me.
I enjoyed going back to W@W/ MWR/ BlOps years after they were released and they were always easy to get in full parties.


Yes, I do see that when these companies are haemorrhaging cash that it isn't viable to keep the servers up.
But man, they have certainly made enough coin out of us to commit to a longer timescale than 3 years.

FeelinKorny
05-13-2014, 02:42 PM
I think after that many years, only the true hardcore fan base remains. Odds are they have established a work around foe when official servers go down.

FeelinKorny
05-13-2014, 02:50 PM
Personally I would not be upset if Nintendo brings out a new system in 2 years. They have a few solid titles coming out to the Wii U now. Bring out a Wii U Zelda and a Mario Galaxy type game. A couple more AAA titles to wet the needs and then begin fresh with a real non gimmick system. But out a new system next year and its a slap to the face.