Peter Molyneux: "Never underestimate Nintendo"

Outspoken Fable creator says Nintendo has "lost their way a bit" with the Wii U, but betting against the company would be unwise.

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Nintendo and the Wii U may be struggling at the moment, but that doesn't mean the company is doomed, according to outspoken Fable creator Peter Molyneux.

"Never underestimate Nintendo," Molyneux told IGN (via GamesIndustry International). "They're probably one hardware release away from something that utterly convinces us that they know exactly what the future of games should be."

Nintendo is currently working on a mystery "quality of life" hardware initiative that the company has major plans for. [GameSpot editor Tom McShea maintains that this new platform could be a means to quietly kill off the Wii U].

Molyneux also said that he's not a big fan of the Wii U's "clunky" design. Overall, however, the industry veteran said Nintendo's staff are "super-smart" people, even if they had "lost their way a bit" with the Wii U so far.

"The problem with Nintendo is they did a fantastic job of finding these millions of new players with the Wii, and the Wii U kind of does that but also tries to bring in the existing gamers as well, so they may have lost their way a bit," Molyneux said. "But they're super-smart people."

The Wii U launched in November 2012 and has sold more than 5.8 million units worldwide to date. High-profile first-party games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. are due out later this year and Nintendo will no doubt look to those games to help drive system sales.

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