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Nintendo has confirmed the Wii successor console is well underway, but will not talk about it at all for fear of it being ripped off.

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwada confirmed that a successor to its wildly successful Wii console is under development – however, he refuses to part with any details out of fear that the competition will swipe the idea:

“Unfortunately, the history of entertainment is also the history of imitation.

If a superb idea comes out, and it’s something you can’t protect with a patent, it will be copied immediately.”

He goes on to talk about the importance of “surprising” consumers – this and his secretiveness seem to suggest the successor may be more than just a Wii with upgraded hardware.

Previously Nintendo has been keen to point out that the Move and Kinect are mere copies of its Wiimote – though considering how long it took Microsoft and Sony to come out with them, they hardly seem to pose a major threat.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think you guys are missing the point, big time. Nintendo might not be technically "first" to invent anything, but to take a relatively new technology and base your entire production, sales, marketing and strategy behind it is much different than the actual invention.

    Tesla invented all kinds of insane stuff, but he didn't have the know-how to market and sell the stuff.

    Nintendo's Wii was innovative because it took relatively new or different technology and placed it in a existing forum that had largely not used that technology in that way, not because they actually invented anything. If the term "innovative" meant that one had to also invent everything that ended up being used in that same innovative product, we would all be singing high praise to the maker of the wheel, because we really wouldn't get shit else done in a day.

    The debate about "firsts" is really just as asinine and counter-productive as those who post "First!" in threads. It's not hard to see where the Wii was innovative, and more so than its rivals. Denying this by getting into a discussion of who actually created what first is missing the forest for a tree.

    The only thing Iwata is saying here is that they've got a successor that will also try something probably new to the video game industry, and they'd prefer that idea to not to be ripped off by their competitors. Will Nintendo actually invent every single piece of hardware/software in the successor? No, of course not. Stop being idiots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed fully.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nintendo is the new Apple.

    All they need to do is start charging twice as much for their less powerful hardware, and making sure their loyal fanboys feel special and "countercultural" for buying Nintendo, and they'll be rolling in more money than ever!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    how much u wanna bet the new character they are making is for this next gens mascot

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...VR headsets!! YES!
    ....
    Yea right, 20 years too soon I'm afraid (-_-)

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    Comment by Imyou
    05:01 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh cry me a river... Both Kinect and Move, being video camera based systems, actually capitalize on roughly 20 year old work that began before Nintendo ever rendered a polygon. I know Move was essentially running on PS2. Here it is in 2004, ripping the Wii off a couple years before it existed!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbSzmRt7HhQ

    But if Nintendo hates copycats so much, I'm sure they'll be happy putting out their next system with cartridge based games that save to their own internal RAM.

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    Comment by Firetribe
    05:05 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo might take the usual route of making a cost-effective console that they can sell at a profit from day 1 or try to actually compete this time around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too many Sonytards up in this place. Seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well-played, Nintendo.

    Twenty bucks says the new thing is a complete powerhouse Nintendo plans to sell at a significant loss for the first little while. They certainly have enough in their coffers to justify it, and they can use "hardware shortages" to pad out the time between when they lose money and when they gain money on the console while keeping demand high.

    Hard to say what they'll do to innovate, though.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    07:04 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love the wii :D mainly due to games that utilizes motion control well. like No more heroes, resident evil 4, metroid prime trilogy etc.... whatever your making nintendo it will surely turn gold :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I wont probably by a new nintendo. They usually have few games to choose between that is good or somewhat good compared to Playstation or Xbox.

    I dont care about which system it is just that the game have 1: Good story, 2: Good graphics, 3: good game play.

    And everyone going on about wii beating ps3 and xbox on sales its pretty obvious it would as its nintendo. Its a system mostly for children. Dont hate me for that but its the truth. They have more of these mario, pokemon type of kid games than the others consoles which usually women like too in all ages.

    ppl can rage for what i wrote but its the truth. I just hope they make something cool that can actually produce some nice graphics and so on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't you see the sales for the Gamecube and N64? The last time Nintendo had success like this in home consoles was way back in the age of the SNES.

    I could point out all the adult games on the Wii, but there's little point. You're clearly intent on ignoring all the "kid games" on Sony or Xbox.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:22 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What you said isn't the "truth", it's just your ill-formed opinion. I understand what you're saying and it does make sense, but a conjecture is a conjecture none the less.

    There have been plenty of mature Nintendo titles, but in the end, they're all video games and that's all it should matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh, goody, another system to help me exercise and take to nursing homes. :|

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As long as it can output 720p with some goddamn AA at least, I don't care if it's just Wii HD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they are gonna put it like that isn't Nintendo copying Sonys Eyetoy/Playstation Eye?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 11/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    According to Nintendos logic if someone takes an idea and wishes to improve it theyre stealing. If this were true why arent all these car companies and companies who produce stuff going to jail or getting fines. Because ultimately all theyre doing is "stealing" from eachother.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 11/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because that's not what Iwada said, fag. He wanted to preserve his idea to protect his sales. Try pulling an automobile on that one

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 11/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully they stop pursuing that infantile "IT DOESN'T MATTER IF OUR SYSTEM IS AWFUL IN SPECS AND ONLINE CAPABILITIES, BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS WONDERFUL *insert gimmick*"

    The Wii was such a goddamn abortion, motion control was insanely overrated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo is the greatest game company in the universe and all those parallel. All arguments against this claim are irrevocably futile.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wii wii (urine)

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    Comment by Kyle
    03:44 13/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Copying? That's harsh, I was thinking innovation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 12/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also nintendo basically set the standard for controllers. If you look at a PS1 controller, its just a Snes controller but with handles, two more shoulder buttons...And thats kinda it. Kinda sad that they strayed away from it by releasing the GC, and 64 controller. Nice ideas but eh...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 12/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have my hopes up. After seeing what they're planning with the 3DS(making it more powerful than PS2), I think they finally realized that they need to start appealing to their more serious fans again and stop making cheap shovelware that's behind the curve.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 12/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Evidentaly, they're not wrong.

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    Comment by AlucardsQuest
    16:41 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This might explain why their virtual console service in the west has dried up like an dead old man's raisin-like testicles.

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    Comment by Setsuna Toshirou
    09:59 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And now i dunno if I should buy ever a Wii... I was considering so maybe in this next or the years after but with information like thise i dunno now. . .

    Well I would still want one, i want to play some games from it and some from Game Cube but damn... i want to buy a live console with support and new games on it, not a dead one >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A successor already? I'm still waiting for some half-decent games to come out...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo is full of surprises. Anyone interested in Nintendo's strategy should check this article out:

    http://malstrom.50webs.com/birdman.html

    It has to do with the whole "casual" gaming. This article was written before this year's E3 and does a very good job analyzing Nintendo's strategy this generation. I wounldn't be surprised if Nintendo's next gen console becomes more "hardcore"-based than the Wii.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I consider myself a reader, and so I read articles and magazines all the time... But that article is seriously too long. Author needs to learn to make a point in half of the amount of words.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No worries Iwada. Your next console will again be beta test platform for Sony's next console.
    So, we really have to thank you for it.

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    Comment by brningpyre
    08:42 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't wait to play Wii Resort in 1080p!

    Wooooooo~

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    Comment by Travosaga
    09:29 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool, can't wait for another gimicky system with crappy graphics and even crappier games. It's unfortunate that they hold the license to a lot of really good game properties that are doomed to be played on that weak system.

    Also, I blame the Wii for the advent of casual gamers that have caused the producers to flood us with a thousand rock band and guitar hero sequels and other lame ass gimick games that are plaguing the rest of us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not Nintendo's fault that other companies are releasing crappy games. Entertainment industry has one big weakness and that is other companies trying to cash in on successful products made by their competitors. The gaming industry is no exception, and it's much more obvious because the game marketers will push successful genres instead of trying to break the mode. Nintendo has been highly successful in developing low-tier(aka "casual" as people call it these days) games.

    See, in order to make profit, you compete with other companies to win over a shared pool of target demographic. However, Nintendo has decided to target an untapped market, and did a very good job of it. The trick here is that Nintendo isn't focusing on making "casual" games for all eternity. What they'll probably do now is make a tier-2(games that appeals to to the "casual" but is deep enough for the "hardcore") in order to market to the same group of people who are now known as "casual gamers". They're moving to phase 2, but what is Sony and Microsoft going to do? They're going after the people that are now moving away from casual games to more hardcore titles.

    This was analyzed in this article(written about a year ago):
    http://malstrom.50webs.com/birdman.html

    And this is all evident by the way they are now releasing more core titles at E3.

    So don't blame Nintendo, blame the industry that does nothing but try to imitate and ride off other people's success.

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    13:49 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Love/Hate relationship with my Nintendo Wii, but I'm still pretty much a Nintendo fanboy. It seems that they really don't want to get copied again this time around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Until they start catering for hardcore fans again, I won't care. I wasted money on the Wii, and I'm not making that mistake again. No matter how "Surprising!" they are.

    Unless it comes with an actual 1-up Mushroom.

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    Comment by shiroki
    03:20 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo Psy, where you control the games using sheer telepathic powah!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    HD BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY PL0X!

    Seriously, Most Wii games would look SO much better in HD. Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl being prime examples. Though something tells me this won't happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:45 11/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    According to Brawl hackers, all the textures are capable of being fully HD rendered on a computer. It wouldn't even require upscaling, it would be real Wii HD!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SSBB in HD would be quite neat indeed.

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    Comment by sdarkpaladin
    21:52 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What would i give, if there is only 1 kind of console with all the gadgets and stuff... it would be so peaceful without the console battles, copyright issue, porting headaches and whatnot

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also skyhigh prices as nobody would be able to compeete with that anyway.

    Ahh...

    -Wait a minute!

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    21:57 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Been four years already?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure, most of the time Nintendo doesn't invent its own tech., however, it's the company that's bold enough to incorporate that technology within the context of the video game industry. Nintendo is the innovator and the trendsetter.

    I look forward to laughing in the faces of the haters when Nintendo continues to dominate the handheld and home console market next gen. It'll be even funnier to see Sony and Microsoft scurry behind in an attempt to catch up, but by then, knowing Nintendo, they'll have already come up with the next big thing.

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    Comment by SnooSnoo
    22:28 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here's what it does: Makes you 2D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You buy a disk with a certain setting on it, such as from a game, hentai or anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This really isn't news per se. Of course they're developing a new console, probably have been for a while. And I'm sure MS and Sony are as well, although the PS3 will likely have a longer lifespan like the PS2 did even though the situation is quite different.

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    Comment by CLC
    21:36 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    afaik nintendo never cared about being copied

    i think i read an article where iwata stated he was happy with the success that its being copied (not too sure though, maybe i misread something.. this was when the move was first announced)

    either way as long as nintendo keeps producing their games at a high standard they'll have my money..

    i honestly dont really care hardware.. as long as they have software to support the hardware any company will have my money

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    Comment by Panda Hero
    21:00 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok supprise me nintendo, hope your new console is stronger than ps3 or 36 .... x3

    who cares? lets wait and see, dunno what to expect

    btw nintendo is "special" and need´s special treatment x3 let them think they´re the inventor of everything

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    Comment by Schrobby
    21:05 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could make a Cirno edition. It would be the strongest console.

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    Comment by Imyou
    05:11 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can get a lot of overclocking in when your system is fairy-cooled!

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    Comment by Panda Hero
    22:07 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah x3 cirno <3

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    Comment by Pyrogooshi
    14:52 11/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'd rather see some sort of hologram system that can blow the PS3's 3D out of the water... but that's still kinda farfetched...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or sponsor Zun and get his games to the console.

    Imagine Touhou as a free software on the Wii.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its too bad zun being a bitch about it saying he'll never go official, says he enjoys doing dojinshi for touhou

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    Comment by Schrobby
    23:07 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Touhou, maybe even in HD and 3D (H3D?), would be epic win. There are tons of fans out there, such a move would guarantee success.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because "stronger is always better" right? After all, that's the reason why the PS3 and 360 are way ahead in terms of sales of the Wii. Oh wait!

    Hardware has always been secondary to software. The Gameboy proved that against the Game Gear. And now, Wii against everybody else. In other words, shut the fuck up if you don't know what you're talking about. It just makes you look like an ass.

    Go back and fap to your pathetic lolis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:25 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please, keep the lolis out of this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ♪Troll out louder♪

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    Comment by Schrobby
    23:11 09/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How cute, a troll. ^_^

    Sure, power is not everything and the Wii proves that, but still they have to update it. Not to the latest expensive hightech, but a reasonable powerful and cheap level.

    Nintendo managed 3D on the 3DS, a cheap not really uber powerful handheld, so there is much to expect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A PSP 1.5 without the pathetic battery life out of the box. I don't know about you but that makes me happy enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the 3DS is not that powerful. Yes it is more powerful than the wii, but that's only because the wii is so low tech. Think of it this way. The 3DS is only slightly better than the psp in terms of hardware, but the psp was released 4 or 5 years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...

    But the 3DS is an uber powerful handheld. They said it was better than a Wii and stuff.

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    Comment by Pyrogooshi
    14:58 11/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that and a second nub...
    I don't really care about graphics improvement for the psp, I think they're enough for a handheld.
    I'd only buy a PSP2 if they were able to emulate PSP and PS2 games. Otherwise I don't think there's a need for console/graphics update.







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