I've been thinking about it and I could see Nintendo releasing a new home console in Fall 2016 at the earliest, probably 2017 holidays. And if they make it out fall 2016 you better believe they'd have a Super Mario 64 20th Anniversary HD remake ready for launch.
But anyway, we all know Nintendo likes to focus on innovative control schemes over hardware power but with the Game Pad being so costly ($80+ to make) do you think Nintendo will move away from introducing expensive new control types with their Wii U successor in a few years? Satoru Iwata has said that "maybe the days of selling hardware for 20,000 and 30,000 yen are over", meaning that Nintendo is considering not releasing $300 consoles in the future but making them cheaper at launch.
So if they release a new console in 2016 or 2017 and aim for $300 or less, they'd probably only give us something like what we've got now from other consoles, just with a bit more under the hood? Like 8GB RAM, 6-8 Core CPU around 1.4-1.7GHz, 1.2-1.8 TFlop GPU, etc. That should be pretty cheap by 2016 or 2017.
Or do you guys think Nintendo should release a very powerful console in 2016 or 2017, in the middle of this generation? Imagine something with a 12-core CPU around or greater than 2Ghz, 12GB-16GB RAM, 3-4TFlop GPU, etc. That could come in at $300 in a few years but probably at a loss per unit, if not $350-$400.
So what do you guys think Nintendo should do next-gen? Make a console that is affordable and not much more powerful than what we've got today or make a somewhat expensive (300-400) console that is much more powerful than consoles today?
Also, I'd like to think they will ditch PowerPC but Iwata has said they working on something to "absorb" the Wii U's architechure so that probably means Power 7 or Power 8 based next-gen console. God forbid they add more cores to the Wii U Esspresso CPU. Or do they do what other console makers have done and jump to AMD for their processor and use off the shelf PC parts (or similar to off the shelf) that devs are more familiar with?