Miyamoto Hints at New Console from Nintendo

Posted by at 1:14 pm on December 26, 2014

Shigeru_Miyamoto_croppedShigeru Miyamoto, the man who created Nintendo classics such as “Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda,” says the Japanese gaming giant is at work on a new gaming console.

“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,” he said, via a translator, in an interview with The Associated Press. “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.”

One of the most iconic names in video gaming, Nintendo dominated the market with its Wii console, which sold more than 100 million units after its release in 2006. But the follow-up, Wii U, with its handheld second-screen controller, failed to make a similar splash.

The company lost more than $15 million in the final nine months of 2013, largely due to disappointing sales numbers for the Wii U. A sales forecast of 9 million Wii U units in 2013, the console’s first full year, was slashed to a mere 2.8 million.

This year has seen a slight uptick in sales, with the release of popular titles such as “Mario Kart 8″ and “Bayonetta 2.”

, the man who created Nintendo classics such as “Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda,” says the Japanese gaming giant is at work on a new gaming console.

“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,” he said, via a translator, in an interview with The Associated Press. “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.”

One of the most iconic names in video gaming, Nintendo dominated the market with its Wii console, which sold more than 100 million units after its release in 2006. But the follow-up, Wii U, with its handheld second-screen controller, failed to make a similar splash.

The company lost more than $15 million in the final nine months of 2013, largely due to disappointing sales numbers for the Wii U. A sales forecast of 9 million Wii U units in 2013, the console’s first full year, was slashed to a mere 2.8 million.

This year has seen a slight uptick in sales, with the release of popular titles such as “Mario Kart 8″ and “Bayonetta 2.”

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