Wii 2 in production, Miyamoto out of ideas?

Source: See below. What we heard: This morning many Nintendo fans perusing RSS feeds did a spit-take upon seeing two headlines, both from the online edition of British industry-news magazine MCV. The first proclaimed "'Wii 2' in production, confirms Nintendo," apparently indicating the...

Source: See below.

What we heard: This morning many Nintendo fans perusing RSS feeds did a spit-take upon seeing two headlines, both from the online edition of British industry-news magazine MCV. The first proclaimed "'Wii 2' in production, confirms Nintendo," apparently indicating the successor to the console is ready for manufacturing. Another piece on the site titled "Wii Music 'Miyamoto's last idea'" gave the impression that the legendary game designer had finally hit a creative wall after three decades at Nintendo.

Unsurprisingly, the eternal game of telephone that is the forumsphere reverberated with the double-shot of news--news that actually originated from a single article in The Wall Street Journal. Titled "Keeping Up Nintendo's Momentum," the piece is a collection of quotes from an interview the financial daily's Japan correspondent did with company president Satoru Iwata. But while a pair of the executive's comments led to MCV's attention-grabbing headlines, upon closer inspection, their meaning radically diverges from what said headlines imply.

Concerning the Wii's successor, Iwata said, "The hardware team started work on the next thing as soon as they were done with their previous project, but what they think up doesn't necessarily become a product." (Emphasis added.) He went on to emphasize the conceptual nature of Nintendo's next console, and to underline the fact there is no actual Wii 2 product yet--let alone one in production. "We only turn something into a product after it's been thoroughly vetted inside the company," said Iwata. "We're not at a point where we can give specifics, but of course we're working on it."

As far as Miyamoto goes, Iwata said that Wii Music, the rhythm title awkwardly demoed at Nintendo's E3 press conference, was the last of the designer initial concepts for the Wii. "Wii Music completes what Miyamoto wrote in his proposal when he came up with the idea for the Wii," Iwata told the paper. The executive continued, "He was saying that he needs to think up more ideas now," indicating that far from being at his wit's end, Miyamoto is hard at work on Nintendo's next big thing.

The official story: See above.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus that the Wii's successor is in the early stages of development--as is the fourth PlayStation and the Xbox 720 (working title). However, it's 100 percent bogus that Miyamoto has had his last idea. That won't happen until the 55-year-old designer jumps off into the great Mushroom Kingdom in the sky.

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tudyniuz
tudyniuz

I couldn't care less if there will be a Wii 2:D

Dizzyman572
Dizzyman572

This sucks, I just bought a Wii last year!

hexph33r
hexph33r

I seriously doubt miyamotos out of ideas. something will hit him and then the guy will be back on his feet once more. and"wii 2?" i sure hope it has some kind of new inginuity. y'know like...virtual reality? that'd be sick!

xxLordDavidxx
xxLordDavidxx

Oh my god, the next person that even mentions the words Xbox 480/720 I'm going to slice off their heads. - Firstly, the 360 was called 360 because incase you hadn't noticed already, a three hundred and sixty degree rotation creates a full circle, Microsoft used this as both an icon and also as a representation of the "wholeness" and "full experiance" the console provides. - Secondly, 480 and 720? Come on, thats about the most unimaginative and uncatchy name that either the community or Microsoft could possibly ever think of. Yes, it will have the tag "Xbox" but it probally won't have a number stuck on the end at all.

andxgo
andxgo

Who has the money to buy all of these new systems? i just got my 360 a month ago.

spikex8
spikex8

I don't think anyone believes the Wii isn't doing well, most people just realize it's a piece of crap. Mcdonald's is doing pretty great as well, but that doesn't mean their food isn't toxic waste.

Kane04
Kane04

Xbox 720? more like Xbox 480, to be on par with the PlayStation 4, or Xbox4Live thats a good one... 4... Live get it? my last Nintendo console was the SNES, sorry a grow up, i no longer play bomberman or zelda, i play MGS4 and GT these days... getting old is not that bad, and all Nintendo fanboys can kill me now for saying this, but this days i don't think nintendo has "' Miyamoto what next? ANOTHER lake at the top of a mountain?? ANOTHER kidnaping of princess peach??? @yesimbrandon (...)No matter how much fun the Wii is for 10 minutes a day, its still going to be constricted by the fact that its merely two gamecubes taped together as far as power is concerned.(...) sorry i heven't seen nothing on wii thats better than MGS3 on PS2, and one GC was more powerful than the PS2...

yesimbrandon
yesimbrandon

Wow have to agree with dafinchi on this one. Almost everyone below just goes commenting about the Wii 2 which won't come out for years lol since its not even labeled Wii 2 truly. No matter how much fun the Wii is for 10 minutes a day, its still going to be constricted by the fact that its merely two gamecubes taped together as far as power is concerned. My Wii has had a red power light for the past 3 months unless I accidentlly touched the controller and it powered up. so if there's another smash brothers, mario platformer or mario galaxies installment I fear for the Wii :(

dafinchi
dafinchi

I swear no one actually reads the articles. The majority of people seem to be saying "omg Wii 2 already!" when the article clearly explains that the headline was a stretch, and that the next Nintendo system is in the early stages of development....and guess what, so are the next Sony and the next Microsoft consoles. As far as the Wii's success, I'd say it's doing very well. No--it's not got a great approvement rating from the hardcore gamers, but who honestly believes that's who the Wii was geared to? It was geared to the casual gamers and to expand the gaming horizon. But for those saying it's not doing well....you're just completely wrong. Most stores STILL can't keep any in stock.

MatrixSpidey92
MatrixSpidey92

Or X.S.T.O.P. Xtreme Superior Transformed Operating Processor

yas710yaf
yas710yaf

wat can they possibly think of after the wii, wat are they gonna put some helmet on ur head and attach some controllers on ur arms and then get surgery to put them on ur bones and then they will feel so realistic

elmejor_10
elmejor_10

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elmejor_10
elmejor_10

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konradak
konradak

Well Good luck. Besides Galaxies and SSBB everyonce in a while, I don't touch my Wii :( Hopefully you can make a more appealing console (to me anyways) and better motion sensingggg.

dth_dlr
dth_dlr

lets see what nintendo can do, hopefully the wii2 will appeal more to the hardcore gamer

r_gam3
r_gam3

all companies do that.

Henninger
Henninger

@ Irishmandkg U r definatly a hater. The same could b said about Halo. Its the same thing u just add a new weapon. The same thing could b said about God of War. Its just button mashing with a story. Nintendo has been around either b4 u were born or while u were a kid. Show some repsect 2 the company that put gaming where it is 2day. Without Nintendo we wouldn't have the systems we have 2day. Nintendo saved the gaming industry if u don't believe me look it up. & Sony's motion sensing doesn't even compare; i can't believe u even said that! Name a home console system thats as genius as the Wii? U can't! A motion sensing system sells obviously cuz its #1 in sales. If u don't play it thats ur problem. & y is it that some of the greatest titles in the history of the industry r from Nintendo? Super Mario Bros 1,2,& 3; The Legend of Zelda; The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awankening, Ocarina of Time, A Link to the Past, Twilight Princess all considered classics. Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Mike Tyson's Punchout, River City Ransom, Kirby's Dream Land (the only good Kirby game), Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, Super Mario RPG..., Mario Kart 64, Paper Mario, Super Smash Bros. series, Star Fox 64, Super Mario 64, Eternal Darkness (don't care what any1 says that game is a classic), Metroid Prime, Super Mario Galaxy, & Virtual Boy Wario Land (the only good game on the Virtual Boy) r all classics made by Nintendo. Not 2 mention that the Game Boy is the greatest handheld system of all time! It beat out numerious other handheld systems with its GREEN/BLACK&WHITE screen while others have had color! They're legends get over it!

cheesytaco69
cheesytaco69

It'd be nice to have precise motion controls for a good Golf, Baseball, and swordfighting game. But... I'll settle for my WiiSports Tennis, Bowling, and sometimes Baseball for now... @tu2pac: Tales of Symphonia II. I think that the Nintendo Exclusives like Zelda and Mario are what sell the console and so does everyone else. BUT! Not a lot of people get bored of a good Zelda game or a new Mario (Galaxy, Sunshine) I love MarioKart still and would like to see more Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros, DK, and Metroid games. They aren't repeating ideas, just characters.

I1yodsyo1I
I1yodsyo1I

Lets hope the Wii 2 is more serious about the hardcore gamers while still attracting casual gamers... @tu2pac: You are absolutly right.

tu2pac
tu2pac

@xbox360progamer: Name one game on the horizon you're eagerly anticipating ... that doesn't have Mario anywhere in it and hasn't been done a thousand times over (Mega Man, etc). They've got nothing coming. Sony's CEO was right in saying the Wii was a fad, my brother hasn't touched his in months. (No, I'm not a Sony fan boy, I don't even own the PS3) Yea it sold well to this point, but they see the end coming; 3rd party developers are all over the PS3 and XBox 360. The reason it's in production so soon ... it'll end up like the GameCube; only a few worth while titles and low sales from year to year. They'd be back to relaying on their portable systems for sales figures once again. P.S. - Read my blog :-)

nintendofan659
nintendofan659

i love nintento since a got my first gameboy but the company is losing steam i love mario zelda dk and all classic nintendo series but nintendo needs to cut the crap and stop making stupid motion controls brawl is awesome and it does not have mc and wii needs a good dk a good starfox and a new series not the wiisport wiifit wiiretort wiimusic crap thats coming out

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

haha, first the gamecube, now the wii, thats why i cant stand nintendo , because they have the attention span of an add retard and cant support their systems for more than a couple of years

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

WOW I DONT THINK THAT THE WII IS DOING THAT WELL TO ACTUALLY COME OUT WITH ANOTHER ..

Irishmandkg
Irishmandkg

Nintendo should just stop making things, all they do is make hardware toward non-gamers like carnival games and crap like that. But wait don't they make original games? nope. yet another zelda, another mario,another metroid, another donkey kong, these can get a little old after twenty years, other consoles like the ps3 and xbox 360 offer so much more, but all nintendo does is tout motion control, well the ps3 has it, and motion control is not that great, in a way it makes game annoying if over used. Nintendo just doesn't have any orginal ideas anymore, and they just go after the people that don't play games, but proudly flaunt "gamer" just because they can create a mii and swing a remote to hit a ball...way to go. I know all the nintendo fanboys will be angry with this, but really take a good look at nintendo, look at the games, am i not right?

ryan15778
ryan15778

the PS3 is 40X more powerful than the PS2, the Wii was about 1.5-3X more powerful than the gamecube, not what a next-gen console no matter what it's use is should be.

Game_God_Guru
Game_God_Guru

the gaming industry needs to like..... stick to current consoles. it seems like the gaming industries future is far more important than the present can ever be. just makes games with what you got. bah.

GohanSSJZ
GohanSSJZ

Not only make it HD, put in decent hardware for once aswell. Nintendo's consoles always use like 5 year old hardware, now i understand that going for the latest, or even future hardware like Microsoft and Sony do, isn't within their business plan or part of the goals they want to reach, they can atleast use like 2 year old hardware, that way developers can make great looking games, and the costs of the hardware will still be low enough to make profit on the console itself from day 1.

CTEmpire
CTEmpire

I wonder if Nintendo can make another Super Smash Bros game.

necronaux
necronaux

...not yet... we're working on it.... well Duh! They're all working on next generation systems. But for them not to say something like, "not until 2012 the earliest", is just stupid. There may be a lot of people that will read this and think they'll be out soon, I just wait to get a new-er one.

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

The day that a mind as intuitively creative like Miyamoto's blows a gasket and fails to come with something new, will be the day we all lose out as gamers.

tryagainlater
tryagainlater

I hope the Wii 2 and the other companies next gen consoles come out in at least 5 years. I've spent enough money on current gens consoles. I want a few years before I have to spend more money on new consoles again.

funky_muzic
funky_muzic

It's funny how so many posters didn't actually read the whole article. They must be Sony fanboys!

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

I'm just glad this isn't true. I don't even have the Wii 1!!

TenAkuma
TenAkuma

Now that's what I call kicking other "journalists" in the nuts.

ShadowJake
ShadowJake

Wii 2 already? They should focus on putting out some worthwhile Wii games first. The only Wii games that i have enjoyed so far are Wii Sports, Smah Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, and Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition. All of the other games I have played either were underwhelming, had too many problems, or just didn't live up to the hype. Overall, I have not been impressed at all by the Wii and I don't think they can make any changes that will make a Wii 2 worthwhile. They should make a graphically powerful next-gen system like microsoft and sony so they can actually get name titles on their system and then maybe i'll consider the wii 2

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

Nintendo needs a new DS and WII2, they are both technically low in comparison to PSP & PS3/XBOX360. Nintendo needs fresh games too that have a really high production value. They better make the next DonkeyKong/Zelda/Mario/Metroid NOW! These games are becoming old, I sugest making a fresh Action/advendure game! :P

Incetardis
Incetardis

i would love to see kojima & miyamoto team up together. 2 geniuses working as one. i would buy ANYTHING they come up with. lol. (for the wii, of course.)

soufan123
soufan123

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Doctamonta
Doctamonta

can't blame him him for running out of ideas.

StagedoorPiano
StagedoorPiano

Okay. This is why fact-checking is a GOOD thing. I find it very hard to believe that Miyamoto is out of ideas. He always has stuff up his sleeves.

Smithofborg
Smithofborg

Maybe its time for a change replacing Miyamoto might be a good thing who know what might come out of Nintendo with some fresh minds doing the job. they could get the fans to do his job

nini200
nini200

Honestly, If Miyamoto would listen to the fans, then he wouldn't be out of ideas.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Sucks to hear that Miyamoto is running out of ideas. Hope things get better for Nintendo. They're like gods of the video gaming world.

JBDragon
JBDragon

I'm been say that Nintendo's next console would be the Wii HD! It's a Wii, but now in HD, with Controllers a bit improved, like that new Wii Motion add-on will just be built in. Oh of course Mario Universe HD will be one of the Launch Titles. Mario Cart HD 6 months later. Really, at Nintendo, not much changes. Hell I think Nintendo could release this new version in a couple years and have it Backwards Compatible, still play all your older Wii games, but now you can play your new Wii HD games. Bump the costs up a bit and away you go once again. I had younger brothers with NSE and SNES, hell I had a N64 but sold it after a year or so as I was bored with it.

Navin_Canada
Navin_Canada

Seriously i hope wii 2 will come outn in 10 to 20 years because i want wii to concentrate on wii 1 which still needs improvement And the Newspaper should just stop writing fake fact too.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

Heres some thoughts for the WII 2 improve the reaction/response of the controls refine them to add 1-2 more buttons for "real games" , then refine the hardware give alot of storage options and improve the hardware to be only a few steps behind the graphic focused competition, add in options for media handling(if you don't want to get fully into HD media then get your feet into it by making the WII into a conversion box with an add on, meaning it has ports to convert HD to SD and even some basic visual conversion using the hardware of course you can't play a game and up convert at the same time), and yes it needs to output to HD for games but beyond that it's not really needed, hell they could make it modular the core system comes with a DVD drive, a BR drive would be optional BR games could be 20$ more expanded editions, give the consumers the option to expand the hardware like with the GCs GBA add on only push it to the media filed. Now do all this and sale it at under 300, it does not matter the losses you'll be pushing so many units you'll stay solvent until you start making a profit.

Old_Gooseberry
Old_Gooseberry

Wii 2 is a good idea, maybe they can start releasing games that actually look as good as the other consoles. Lose the crap controllers and go back to simple, easy controls.

Hector_01
Hector_01

I reckon the next wii is gonna be amazing. Imagine, the innovative motion controls which will only be improved in the next console, and a much more powerful system so it can produce great graphics. I think that, with the success of the wii, they will be able to afford making their next wii really powerful so it will be on par with the next ps, and xbox. This will give them an advantage because they will have the motion controls still but coupled with a high end console.