During the latest earnings conference financial results briefing Nintendo President Satoru Iwata was asked about the possibility of seeing new hardware from Kyoto’s historical company in the not so far future, and his reply was a bit vague, but definitely interesting:
Once we launch a new platform, we naturally start to prepare for the next one. 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.
On the other hand, the most difficult question for us to answer in public in concrete terms is when we are going to launch our new hardware and what kind of hardware we are going to launch, and I am afraid that I cannot talk about this in more detail. However, 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.
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.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see what kind of hardware Nintendo will release next. It’ doubtful it’ll be unveiled anywhere near E3 in June, as Iwata-san’s wording seems to indicate something in the early stages of development.
Yet, considering the fact that Nintendo tends to always be very creative with its consoles, it’s hard not to let our imagination run on what the next could entail.