Nintendo is Actively Developing Their Next Console

By December 19, 2014
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While Nintendo is actively gearing up for an eventful 2015, bringing both new franchises (like Splatoon) and old favorites (like The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox) to the Wii U, a new interview with the company’s most famous game designer has revealed that the company is actively working on the machine that will follow up their current home console, the Wii U.

In an interview with the Associated Press (via GameSpot), Shigeru Miyamoto — the creator of such franchises as Super Mario, Donkey KongThe Legend of ZeldaPikmin, and Star Fox — announced that Nintendo is already doing preliminary work on their next platform, though he was careful to state that the company is focused on many of the major forthcoming Wii U titles coming in 2015.

We’re focused on providing a robust line-up of Wii U software for next year. It seems like we’ve managed to do that this year and people are very happy with what we’ve done on Wii U. For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems. While we’re busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be.

Nintendo's most famous game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto has created many of the company's most popular franchises, and contributed in some way to practically every notable one.

Nintendo’s most famous game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto has created many of the company’s most popular franchises, and contributed in some way to practically every other notable one.

While the Wii U has seen the releases of two major Mario games during its lifetime — 2012’s New Super Mario Bros. U and 2013’s Super Mario 3D World — Miyamoto stated that its possible that Mario’s next major adventure could be reserved for ushering in a new era of Nintendo hardware, and talked a little bit about his hopes for Mario as a familiar but evolving figure in the evolution of the video game medium, as another familiar company icon has been for another medium.

Since we first created Mario, people have compared him to Mickey Mouse. I’ve always said Mickey Mouse evolved with each evolution in animation. You saw Mickey Mouse each step of the way. From early on, I wanted Mario to be that character in the digital world, so that with each digital evolution, he was there to usher in the next era. I think that maybe when we release the next hardware system, you can look forward to seeing Mario take on a new role or in a new game.

2014 has been something of a landmark year for the Wii U, primarily due to the release of two of Nintendo’s most popular franchises on the console. In May, they released Mario Kart 8, which we called “stellar” in our GeekNation Game Review of the title. Last month, they also released Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which our review also praised by saying it, “should be more than enough to keep the series alive for years to come.”

While we’re waiting for some kind of look at the new hardware being developed, we have a lot to look forward to from the “big N” this year. Splatoon, Nintendo’s take on a family-friendly third-person shooter, will arrive this coming summer. The new Legend of Zelda game, being developed by franchise overseer Eiji Aonuma, will likely be released at the end of 2015.

Miyamoto has also stated that the next Star Fox game will be arriving “before Zelda,” while they’ll also be releasing the sandbox creation game Mario Maker and fun looking dual-screen games Project Giant Robot and Project Guard. For more on Nintendo, including news and game reviews, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.