A New Nintendo Console is in Development

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Nintendo Logo, black white Japanese video game legend Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Nintendo is working on a new console that we hope is technically on par with or superior to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Talking about the future of the Mario video game franchise in an interview with the Associate Press, Miyamoto said “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.” With regards to the next Nintendo console, he stated that all focus is on the Wii U hardware for the time being, but that Nintendo is currently 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 consoles have historically launched with a Super Mario title. The Famicon (Nintendo Entertainment System) launched in 1985 with Super Mario Bros, the Super Famicon (Super Nintendo) released with Super Mario World, and the Nintendo 64 arrived with the revolutionary Super Mario 64. The Gamecube broke that trend by not receiving Super Mario Sunshine until ten months after its launch. Similarly, the Wii was graced with the critically-acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy nearly one year after hitting store shelves. While the Wii U launched with New Super Mario Bros U, that game can hardly be described as revolutionary or a demonstration of the console’s capabilities. Super Mario 3D World is likely the last Super Mario game the system will get, with Nintendo completely concentrated on other series titles like the new Legend of Zelda and Star Fox. Nintendo’s consoles have typically had a life cycle of five to six years. Considering the Wii U was released in 2012, we can expect its successor to arrive sometime in 2017, assuming the Japanese company sticks with tradition. Like the Wii U, and unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, the new Nintendo console will seemingly not be a full-fledged home entertainment system, but Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has confirmed that it will improve the “quality of life” of people, whatever that means, and will bring into the fold an all-new demography. As always, Nintendo has hefty ambitions...

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