Iwata Says Nintendo Has A “Clear Idea” On Direction Next Hardware Will Take


Satoru Iwata elaborated on a few future details the company would take in last week’s investor’s briefing. The CEO explained how NFC figures would launch, along with new Wii U GamePad-focused titles to highlight the system’s unique hardware. With access to the translated version of the Q & A investor’s briefing, Iwata has addressed investors concerns on when Nintendo will expect to reveal their new next-generation hardware.

He assured investors that the company is not at a “dead-end” in terms of ideas for their next hardware and that the team has a “clear idea” on which direction it will take. However, Iwata also mentioned that Nintendo will not launch their next hardware until consumers, who have already purchased such platforms, are entirely satisfied. (Unless I get a Starfox I wont be satisfied, FACT)

“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.”

Iwata concluded: “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.”

While I am glad Iwata HAS a plan, I don’t have much faith in it right now lol.


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