Nintendo announce plans for their next-gen hardware

Nintendo Wii U Launch

With Wii U looking like an expensive mistake, Nintendo float early ideas to stimulate sales for future consoles.

A lack of games available for 3DS and Wii U at launch and an ongoing struggle to gain third party support for the consoles have been points of criticism aimed at Nintendo in a recent Q&A with investors.

With EA announcing last year they were not planning to develop for Wii U and big titles the likes of Mario Kart 8 still to come out, the console has been slow to attract gamers. Going on sales alone the WII U has been outsold be the Wii in the first quarter with 3DS software sales lower than expected last year.

In response to these criticisms Nintendo Boss Satoru Iwata has outlined early plans to give future Nintendo hardware a better chance of having a decent selection of games at launch. Leading this drive will be a new unified system architecture to run across hand-held and home consoles. This will allow for modified versions of the same games to come out across platforms in a similar way to PS3 and PS Vita.

Iwata went on to mention how the new system " can absorb the Wii U architecture adequately." indicating that it will bear similarities to the current WII U system making for a smoother changeover for developers used to coding for WII U.

There was also some comparison from Iwata between the new Nintendo architecture and Android stating that, "Android does not face software shortages because there is one common way of programming on the Android platform that works with various models". Giving a hint of forwards compatibility for the next and subsequent Nintendo hardware generations.

This news contrasts with earlier rumours that the next Nintendo console would be a mobile TV/console hybrid although this hasn't altogether been denied as yet.

Although everything is speculation at the moment a single Nintendo operating system should it come to fruition will allow for easier and faster games development from both inside Nintendo and from third party games houses, although the latter will ultimately need to see the Wii U gather more momentum in the meantime.

This could well happen as we're yet to see Nintendo's must-have Wii U titles hit the market. Mario Kart 8 is scheduled for May with Super Smash Bros due sometime later in 2014 and a new Wii U Zelda title also rumoured this year. 






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