Nintendo planning future platforms

President Satoru Iwata looking beyond Wii U and 3DS; company has begun developing tech that would simplify sharing assets between platforms.

Nintendo already has its eyes on what's next. A translation of prepared remarks from president Satoru Iwata today states Nintendo last year began work on technology for "future platforms" that would make software assets more transferable, regardless of the platform. According to Iwata, this would have multiple benefits, including avoiding software launch lineup shortages.

"Last year we also started a project to integrate the architecture for our future platforms. What we mean by integrating platforms is not integrating handhelds devices and home consoles to make only one machine. What we are aiming at is to integrate the architecture to form a common basis for software development so that we can make software assets more transferrable, and operating systems and their build-in applications more portable, regardless of form factor or performance of each platform," he said. "They will also work to avoid software lineup shortages or software development delays which tend to happen just after the launch of new hardware."

Iwata said that previously it was technologically impossible to have the same architecture for handheld and home consoles, but Nintendo's new technology could change this. Iwata's comments suggest games could be shared between a home console and a portable device, though the company is a long way away from implementing any such technology.

"Although it has not been long since we began to integrate the architecture and this will have no short-term result, we believe that it will provide a great benefit to our platform business in the long run," he said.

Nintendo's latest platform is the Wii U, which launched last year and has sold over 3 million units worldwide.

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142 comments
grimgirl1
grimgirl1

I WANT TO SEE WII W A KINECT! >.> and the ability w hand free controller... by using kinnect... I want it all w free co-op play... hands free kinect,  maybe make it play dvd's, AND ALL MY FAVORITE NINTENDO GAMES! The platform would immediately get taken off all the shelves. throw in some pokemon x mario.... and you got my money! :D


EDIT: I WANT IT ALLLLLLLL!!!!!! -drool-

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

I don't get why so many people bring up the Wii U's hardware capabilities. Sure it isn't going to be as powerful as the next PlayStation or the next Xbox but do you know why? According to the source of all knowledge (Wikipedia), Out of Nintendo's top 25 sold games on the Wii, 23 of them were developed and published by Nintendo, the exceptions being (sigh) Just dance 1 & 2. In fact most of the best selling games on the Wii are Nintendo's own. Therefore wouldn't it be logical for Nintendo to design a console based on what their development teams would want? 


The Wii U has the capacity for some 3rd party development since its a hell of a lot more capable then the Wii was in some major areas but seeing as Nintendo's own developers make most of the highly rated games on the Wii, why should Nintendo enter the 3rd party development warzone where console owners are always pushing for more for their own console to be ahead like when Assassin's Creed 4 was declared outright that the PlayStation version would have exclusive content. Somewhere along the line Sony had to spend time/money/effort negotiating that bonus for the PS version and now Ubisoft have to build said content (costing time/money/effort) just to keep 1 console developer happy. How is this fair for the developers to have to come up with extra content, that doesn't mess with the lore or main story, which will only be accessible to a specific section of the market? Isn't building an entire game enough?

I'm happier knowing that Nintendo make their games complete and 100% designed for their console.(Ok, they are doing DLC's now but the first major DLC they have put forward, the Year of Luigi one, is pretty much the equivalent of a new Mario performer in terms of the number of new levels).

You might claim that 3rd developers want the powerhouse consoles to make their games on and no one can really deny that but in all honesty if you spend the time paying attention to the graphical differences or the frames per second of a game then stop wasting your time on consoles and get a machine that can put the performance of all consoles, including the PS4 and the 720 (when its specs get declared) and just get a proper gaming PC. Yep its expensive as hell in comparison (the one I'm currently wishing I could upgrade to is just over my monthy wage by itself...) but your pretty much a PC elitist already if graphics and fps matter to you that much.

tgwolf
tgwolf

I'll most likely continue to patronize Nintendo, so far they have not failed me and as it stands right now they are the only option since XBox is NEVER an option, unless you are a complete idiot.

dre256x
dre256x

A bit off Topic;  Will some knowledgeable  gamer tell me what software is these new system is going to have in the first year on the market that this past gen can't handle... I think NONE, because to fool unwise gamers into thinking these new games can't be run on other system they'll just choose the brute force method of it and hide flaw with decent graphics and most un-wise gamer is going to go giddy that OH the Wii U or old systems couldn't do that...

dre256x
dre256x

make a tech similar to NFC "Near field Communication" but allow it to transfer larger files faster and have maybe double the range..

AllyG
AllyG

I hope they're planning to release something that DOESNT  suck! :) Wii U is wack! http://youtu.be/5_Fc9yLJ25U Sorry nintendo is loosing it. The proof is in the song!

Solid_Azeus
Solid_Azeus

software software nintendo! You are falling behind console-wise already

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Jesus, Nintendos support of consoles is getting shorter and shorter. The gamecube was pretty much dead on arrival. The wii stopped getting any worthwhile games 2 or 3 years ago. And the Wii U is out a few months  and this annoucement. I can only assume Nintendo's next console is inferior to the PS4 and xbox 720 and launched during the generation of the ps5 and xbox 1440.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Nintendo are smoking some serious stuff over there. They don't even live on earth anymore. So full of themselves. They need a stiff dose of reality. Everything they have done since the first Wii came out has been one long pile of garbage. Hence why most Wii's have 2 inches of dust on them.

mohannad_hani
mohannad_hani

hey nintendo make sure you put an even slower cpu this time, a dual core 1.00 ghz cpu and a vfx voodoo 256 mb graphic card :) and please dont install an Ethernet port okay

Rotondi
Rotondi

Can't imagine how Nintendo is already working on software more advanced than what the Wii U offers....

Bowser05
Bowser05

Impossible? That's funny because it looks like Sony did it just fine with the Vita and PS3. That being said, I'm interested in where they want to take this.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I hope the Nintendo Network will be a central part of the future platforms. 

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

Sounds like what Sony's doing with the PS Vita.

Geminon
Geminon

oh good... wiiU has been out for less than 6 months and already planning for new hardware. guess the WiiU is confirmed flop?

Flint247
Flint247

A person always has to be thinking ahead even after they release something. There are no times for long breaks, the work continues. While I do not agree with posting something like this in the public this early, there is nothing to worry about. The Wii U will be here long enough for us to play it.

num1assassin
num1assassin

I think what Iwata is hinting at is having future platforms more operating system oriented similar to Apple hardware. That way they could release new hardware more often and all of your stuff just transfers over. Like how you can buy a new iphone every year and all of the previous apps and media work on the new device.

xcollector
xcollector

The WiiU is looking at a 3 year life span. Nintendo wasted the first year so far. During the second year, MS and Sony are going to establish their systems. And then destroy Nintendo the following year N0. 3. All because Nintendo does everything on the cheap. They don't have the casual this time around to bail them.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Very odd for a hardware manufacturer to even speak of a successor when their console just shipped. Sounds like Nintendo might be admitting the Wii U is a failure.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Well isn't the PS Vita basically a small PS3? Still won't be able to get the most advanced technology in a small , handheld size device, mainly due to TDP, but we're easily at the point where we can see xbox360/PS3 quality visuals on a handheld, as the Vita has shown. I'm just not really into handheld gaming, although there's a huge market for it. I'm using my IPad currently to type this, although I have a few games on it, this is what I mainly use it for. I can see why Nintendo wants to do this. Keep the development cost the same, no matter the platform.

brxricano
brxricano

That means the games have to be open while being fully lockedddddddd.........oh shit wai-*head explodes*

HydePark1980
HydePark1980

LOL.....Nintendo you sneaky bastards what are you guys up to?!

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

I love the idea. I was half expecting this from NVidia more than Nintendo, seeing the CES news, but now if both companies worked together... Let's just say it would be double-N!!! (as in nagnificient? ;)

I'd love Nintidia or NVido to come to existence!

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

This doesn't surprise me. I predict a short lifespan for the Wii-U and 3DS. Nothing in the near future but I expect a full hardware refresh for both by Winter of 2017. The handhelds must become more sophisticated. They must partner with a smart phone maker like Samsung and integrate traditional controls onto a flip style smart phone because all of the online and social crap would be easy and you are opening up your platform to collect more game developers. The next Nintendo console will be about the same caliber of power that the PS4/Xbox720 will be at only years later but lucky for Ninty those consoles will only be half way through their life cycles because adoption rates will be lower than this gen. Perhaps their new system will be more powerful because the entire high end computer industry will be in the process of tanking and parts will go for pennies on the dollar.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

Idk for some reason this seems like something they should have had in mind for this gen

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

This title sounds misleading. It doesn't sound like they are saying they are working on next Gen backwards compatability. It sounds more like they are saying they are working on cross platform play from console to portable and vise versa. So I don't see why they can't just be planing on making the Wii U work with a portable device. It's supposed to work with the 3ds already. and this isn't even unheard of. The Vita and PS3 do this. So I think This article is simply implying that they are making a next generation handheld.

lx_theo
lx_theo

So I can skip these two (3DS and Wii U) and still get all the games for them on the next two? Sold.

okassar
okassar

Guys, get ready for NinTablet

ChunkyDrawers
ChunkyDrawers

Whatever they do just hope doesn't end with two "ii"

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

and people said wiiu was nintendos last console if ms and sony dont come by 2015 you can bet on nintendo giving them a run for their money with wii 3 lol 

TrueGB
TrueGB

In other words, they want you to buy more crap.

Mizarzeug
Mizarzeug

Isnt Iwata just telling the obvious? Sony & microsoft do the same too; just that Nintendo might have some advantage , in that they already rlease their respective next gen console so they have  more chance to invest more personal, resources an time in this subject.

xxBenblasterxx
xxBenblasterxx

Considering the length of this soon to be ending console cycle Nintendo can't honestly see another set of consoles in the pipeline can they? I'm very excited to find out what ever Nintendo intends as i'ts next 'platform'. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

The XBox1 could've made your non-cel shaded, bloomed to all hell Wii U version.  Not impressed.

The Gamecube version looked bad because you WANTED it to.  You guys have no idea how to properly do cel shading.  The characters were fugly.  Sega, on the other hand are great at cel shaded games.  Then again, they always try new things instead of making the same five games over and over. 

beuneus12
beuneus12

misleading title is misleading

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Eventually Nintendo will bring to market a Gamepad inspired Computer Gaming tablet that will be their new Handheld. And have a future system will a docking station of sorts.

Nintendo will eventually catch up to the current trend of tablets. This time with a proper tuoch screen. So this is good start working on your 9th Generation system now so in 5 or 6 years time. You ready to go. Hopefully Nintendo will learn to increase the power of their systems. To provide some future proofing.

Tauu
Tauu

Well, it looks like all of the people saying that Nintendo will have to drop out of the hardware business soon have just been proven wrong, again. I'm no Nintendo fanboy but I get tired of the notion that Nintendo has no right to be in the hardware business and that they're going to become the next Sega.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

All companies start working on "the next project" very soon after releasing the current one. Do you think that these home consoles, or any ambitious electronic device, is designed/made overnight?

snugglebear
snugglebear

This reminds me of when I waited to buy my DS until the XL came out, after which about 5 more iterations were introduced and my new system was unable to play any of the new games.  Nintendo cares more about foisting hardware on us than they do about the quality or even quantity of the games they're releasing. 

unreal101
unreal101

Well, you know what they say, "If you don't completely fail at first, try again and fail harder".

Discomaster
Discomaster

You'd figure they would at least get some Virtual Console integration going, especially since GBA games are coming to the Wii U virtual console. That should all be cross-platform already.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Why are they looking in the future when the Wii U just came out...If they would focus on the now they could have been on top again like they used to be....

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Before we get crazy here (though I wouldn't be surprised), Nintendo does this ALL the time. As announcing it THIS early gives them long enough to do enough R&D and have the right stuff as time flies by. Leaving them to reveal the console six to seven years later.

This doesn't mean they are already quitting on the Wii U and 3DS here (which is what everyone on this site, or hell, the overall community wants).

NTM23
NTM23

Off topic (kind of), but who here has the Wii U? How is it so far? I'm going to get one at some point, but in the meantime, what's your thoughts on it? Everyone excited for the Wind Waker HD remake?