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Miyamoto on Wii 2: 'Don't ask!'

Rumors about a Wii successor have been rampant since several anonymous sources leaked details about the supposed "Project Cafe." According to the rumors, Nintendo's new console is expected to be announced at this year's E3, and features HD visuals, more competitive specs, and possibly even controllers with built-in screens.

Nintendo has not officially announced any new console, but when pressed for information by Edge, legendary producer/designer Shigeru Miyamoto half-confirmed the rumors.

"Don't ask!" said Miyamoto. "Even when the Wii launched we were developing new hardware, work on 3DS had already started. It's a matter of when we announce it."

Regarding the possibility of an E3 announcement, he said, "Please wait. Be patient until we decide."

All the speculation is making patience a bit difficult, but it does seem probable that the announcement will happen soon. And, anyway, it's not as if we didn't know that Nintendo was working on a new console... it is a console manufacturer.

But if the rumors are to be believed, Nintendo's next system will be a major technological step forward from the Wii. Of course, if it really does release next year, it will likely only have a few years as top dog before Sony and Microsoft release their next generation PlayStation and Xbox iterations. Still, if true, it's a clever tactic - outdo the competition with a comparably underpowered but innovative system, then turn the tables again with a technological head start. I see what you did - er, may have done - there.

[Source: CVG]

Apr 22, 2011

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24 comments

  • Shagnasty - April 24, 2011 4:33 a.m.

    @BigKingBud Please, please, just shut up. The ignorant bile that spills out of your face cavity is intolerable.
  • broj5870 - April 24, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    when it comes to technology, first is always last. this new Nintendo console WILL be more powerful than the Xbox and p3 but, like Tyler said above, Sony and Microsoft will not be far behind. were more than halfway through the ten year plan for Sony, and no doubt they're workin on sumthin....my guess, (if anyone cares) virtual reality and 3d without glasses is the future.
  • shyfonzie - April 24, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    That was the right picture to choose
  • Andyjoe - April 23, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    You know what I don't get? When the 360 was launched a year or two befor it's competitors, everyone was saying that Sony and Nintendo would have to catch up. Now that Nintendo is doing the same thing, people are saying that Sony and Microsoft are going to leave them in the dust. I CALL HYPOCRISY!
  • Aletheon - April 23, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Nintendo is bad ass. It's really that simple.
  • markshell - April 23, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    I still don't get why people still say Nintendo won't be able to compete with Sony and Microsoft. They are not even trying to compete with them since the wii was released so why bother? They went in a totally different direction. Why have 3 companies releasing the same fucking games? Nintendo has it's own fanbase, and they stick with them. They don't need to appeal to a Gears of War or Shadow of Colossus Fan if they have Mario and Zelda. They simply don't care and they are right to do so. Nintendo games are for the casual or for their own franchise fans, if you want "hardcore" why don't you all buy one of the two other fucking consoles instead and stop bitching about something so obviously misguided? The wii was fun. No other console brought so many people together in front of a gaming device. Sure, every manufacturer has their motion controls now, but it was the wii that popularized it. And for those who care specifically about Nintendo games can't say they were left behind, since all the major franchises appeared with their best iterations yet on the console. I love Red Dead Redemption, GTA, Arkham Asylyum. I can play those games everywhere else so I don't mind Nintendo went in a different direction so they could focus in a different aspect of gaming. I would be very upset if the wii was never released and we were still trapped in a world where 3 companies competed for their consumers attention on graphics.
  • shawksta - April 23, 2011 5:19 a.m.

    @justinbanda I can understand what your saying but the 3DS already has allot of 3rd Party developers working on it. Nintendo knows what their doing ever since 2010, i wouldnt be suprised if 3rd Parties came back. Also, I dont consider the Wii part of 360/PS3 rain, its special and has its unique games that other great non-popular 3rd parties have done great jobs, No more Heroes was great on wii I dont know how they fell to the "Curse". Your sounding too Dramatic to be honest, Nintendo's on fire, dont throw them off cause they keep getting better and better,the Wii 2 will most likely be that extra boost they need to get into the game.The wii already proved that Nintendo can do just fine with their own first party and Unique 3rd party games, like Little kings story and the Trauma series.
  • justinbanda - April 23, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    @Andyjoe: That is true. However, being in possession of an SDK and using said SDK are two different things. Major console manufacturers routinely give all major third party devs SDKs for their upcoming consoles. This isn't exclusive to Nintendo. You do make a good point about third parties on the 3DS, though. I do hope Capcom eventually brings some sort of Devil May Cry game to the 3DS; lord knows it can handle the tech. SSF4 was a step in the right direction, as far as third party games go; but then, Nintendo's always had a better track record with its portable consoles.
  • Andyjoe - April 23, 2011 4:14 a.m.

    @DonNatzi & JustinBanda According to rumor, developers have had SDKs for the system for months now. This includes major companies like Rockstar, Sega, Namco, Konami, Activision, Capcom, and many others. Nintendo is defiantly trying to improve relations with 3rd parties, as can be seen when you take into account that 4 of the top 5 selling 3DS launch titles were 3rd party titles. I honestly think Nintendo is putting a large amount of effort into improving relations with 3rd parties, even holding back some of their major 1st party 3DS releases such as Ocarina of Time 3D, Starfox 64 3D, Kid Icarus Uprising, and Paper Mario.
  • Sinosaur - April 22, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    @CoryM1134 Let's hope it's another Dreamcast, I loved the hell out of that thing. The VMU was kind of ass, though, aside from when it was plugged in. Replacing watch batteries to play a bullshit minigame isn't my idea of a good time. Actually, pretty much the only things I remember the VMU doing were showing cutesy animations related to what you were doing in the game or giving you a place that showed your ammo and health, or something like that. Still loved the games on my Dreamcast.
  • FlameChucks76 - April 22, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    Let's be realistic about what's happening here. We are all assuming that this machine is essentially going to be on par with what is already out there, which is probably true. Problem is, Nintendo has to think long term now if they hope to remain a competitive powerhouse in the future cycle of consoles. Another thing to note is the motion gaming phenomenon. I honestly don't see another cycle of consoles for at least another 3 or 4 years considering these devices have just been released. However, hypothetically speaking, if these companies do come out with new console in less than that time, what will they really offer? Epic's engine demo was impressive but was also running on just a beast of a computer. 3 GTX 580's running in tri-sli is what it took for that engine to showcase that demo at a solid frame rate. If these companies are really looking towards the future when it comes to engine quality and graphical integrity, then there really is no point for these companies to make new consoles so early, especially when you consider that it will probably cost more money to make the damn thing in order to run the games at any expected set of conditions. And people, please stop criticizing this new console for being a gimmick. Last time i checked that's what the other two are starting to bring out (granted optional) but still!
  • CoryM1134 - April 22, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    Visuals in the controller... Technically astounding graphics... Terrific first party line-up... Releasing a year or two before Sony and Microsoft lay out the real Juggernauts... Barely any success or trust with third party developers... Wait, wasn't that the Dreamcast?
  • justinbanda - April 22, 2011 9:39 p.m.

    @DonNatzi: Exactly. Good luck getting talent when all the good developers who took a chance with Wii have all been scared off. Red Steel, MadWorld, Okami (the second console in a row it's failed on) and No More Heroes were all victims of the third-party curse. @db1331: I understand what you're saying, and I agree with your assessment, but doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a game console in the first place? When you assume that everyone should have two consoles (a Wii and a PS3/360) you've already made a mistake. A game console should be able to stand on its own. I have both a Wii and a PS3. Guess which one I bought first? The Wii got old really fast. @shawksta: A screen on a controller? How is that not a 'gimmick'? As for third parties, as DonNatzi said, Nintendo is going to have a heckuva time trying to lure them back after burning them on the original Wii.
  • shawksta - April 22, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    @db1331 Yes, the exclusives and Nintendos games are pretty much the main reason, funny thing is there's High quality games that could compete with 360/PS3 games
  • shawksta - April 22, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    @justinbanda Not really, Sources are saying "Its not a gimmick" and even if it is, their open to more 3rd Parties and their doing it right to be for both casual and Hardcore fans. Dont judge till it comes
  • db1331 - April 22, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    The Wii is not something you should have as your sole gaming system. You should play the majority of your games on other platforms, and only use the Wii to play the games you can't get anywhere else (Mario, Zelda, Metroid, DKC). If you own a game on the Wii that you could have bought on PC/PS3/Xbox, you are probably dumb. If you do as I suggested, you will love the Wii and be 100% satisfied with it. Personally I can't wait for E3 to see what this new system is all about.
  • DonNatzi - April 22, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Too bad the Wii already alienated all of it's hardcore game developers.
  • justinbanda - April 22, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    I know what Nintendo is doing, but it still feels like a cheap cash grab that will leave gamers who switch to Wii 2 stranded two years later. Look at the first Wii. It was a repackaged sixth gen system with a single major innovation (that didn't even work all that well to begin with), released at the same time as the first seventh gen systems. Unfortunately, I think Ninty's at it again. In late 2012, Nintendo will release Wii 2, which will have current or slightly-next gen features; then a year or two later in 2013-14 or so, Sony and Microsoft will introduce the real next gen. I hate sounding like a hater or a fanboy, but seriously, it just saddens me. From what we're hearing, Wii 2 feels like a gimmick gadget all over again. I just wish Nintendo would stick to making solid, current-gen consoles without wacky, spotlight-grabbing features and make amazing games for them. PS: Nintendo, if you're reading this, I want my HD Pokemon console game STAT.
  • GameManiac - April 22, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    This E3 will prove interesting.
  • shawksta - April 22, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Interesting, well lets just wait until E3 then... Its gonna be innovative whether we like it or not, just wait, Nintendo always thinks of new things. Clever indeed for having a head start, and by the time Sony and Microsoft DOES make their new installments, Nintendo will probably have a an update to keep itself still top-dog,

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