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Nintendo Wii: Shigeru Miyamoto Says Wii 3D Is ‘Not Our Next Step’

Shigeru Miyamoto has confessed to German website Spiegel that a 3D Nintendo Wii wouldn’t be the company’s next step, as the vast majority of consumers don’t have a 3D television in their households.

“I do not believe that Wii 3D will be our next step. One reason Wii is indeed so successful is because most people do not have any HDTV equipment and know how to appreciate what the Wii offers.

“The Nintendo 3DS is possible because it is a portable console and it works without 3D glasses. For the living room, consumers would need a 3D TV and it will take some time before enough households have 3D TVs.”

“Many people still have a lot of fun with the Wii, there are still many good games out for it. But we think about a successor once a console is launched. We monitor the market closely. When the time comes, we will announce a successor. But that will not be anytime soon.”

– Shigeru Miyamoto

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16 comments

  1. “Many people still have a lot of fun with the Wii, there are still many good games out for it. But we think about a successor once a console is launched. We monitor the market closely. When the time comes, we will announce a successor. But that will not be anytime soon.

    Guess that means anytime now!!!

  2. Of course a 3D enabled Wii isn’t going to be their next step. The next logical step, to me anyway, is a high-def, 3D ready console which can compete with the PS3. In other words, a console which is ready for the future, but is still compatible with the televisions of the past. When 3DTV’s really take off, Nintendo can simply release a system update that enables 3D. Also, it would be a good idea to plan ahead for the Stereoscopic 3D screens, such as what is in the 3DS. I have no idea how long it will take for that technology to improve enough to start beating out “Glasses 3DTV’s”, but it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared for a sudden breakthrough that vastly improves its performance, and causes it to become the standard.

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  4. I don’t think 3D ready console would be Nintendo’s next step. Sony and Microsoft would mimic Nintendo, but Nintendo never mimics them because it is capable enough to come up with next generation innovation. Nintendo foresaw that it will take time for 3D TV to become mainstream, just like Blueray did, and their approach will head towards different direction. Although it is certain that next Wii will be HDTV, it is totally unpredictable.

  5. Nothing surprising there. Iwata talked about a future console with 3d, when the market is ready. Miyamoto says the same thing, just with other words.

    I´m always suprised that Nintendo doesn´t plan for connection between the consoles. Like now, wouldn´t it be great if you connected the 3DS to Wii and you could look att certain areas through the 3DS screen. And so forth. Well.. just babbling away…

  6. let’s take a look back, shall we? The North American lifespans of Nintendo home consoles are as follows:

    NES — 10 years (1985 – 1995)
    SNES – 8 years (1991 – 1999)
    N64 — 6 years (1996 – 2002)
    GC —- 6 years (2001 – 2007)
    Wii —- 2/3 years (Nov. 2007 – present)

    Assuming Ninty continues the 6 trend, we’re going to have Wii until at least 2012. It’s nowhere near completing it’s lifespan.

    1. Wikipedia states that the Wii was released on November 19, 2006, so the Wii will be 4 soon. Four years is a long time, at least, it is to me. I think a new console next Christmas (’11) would be just right.

  7. Hmm… the 3DS looks amazingly epic, but i’m not to into 3D TV. Not saying this is a bad idea. I’d just rather see a whole new console.

  8. whups. JDE, you’re right. it was 2006. But keep in mind, it was at the end of 2006, so it’s basically 2007. Which means, that the system is 3.5 years old. Only half-way to the shortest lifespan of a Ninty console.

  9. What they need is some quality control on the games there is far to much crap out for wii. There are a billion crappy party games for the wii. Its like the 64 about 45ish good to great games and to much filler.
    The wii is worse if nintendo or one of the major game houses did not make it then your not rolling the dice you got 1% chance of it being even decent.

    1. yes, but fortunately nintendo makes enough first party games to keep the consumers satisfied…and in the meantime, the good third party games are made pretty obvious thanks to all the gaming websites there are. I do agree, though that the wii has a lot of bullshit but hey, no ones forcing anyone to buy it.

  10. I’ve got 2 small children and Wii is one of the few systems that has nonviolent age appropriate games, and family. centered games for them. One of the benefits of Wii is not changing consoles as frequently. I’d rather change less often and have it be a significant improvement for the consumer when the change occurs

  11. zamion – “What they need is some quality control on the games there is far to much crap out for wii. There are a billion crappy party games for the wii. Its like the 64 about 45ish good to great games and to much filler.
    The wii is worse if nintendo or one of the major game houses did not make it then your not rolling the dice you got 1% chance of it being even decent.”

    Well, let’s look at Nintendo’s key motivations.
    1. Money.
    2. Hardcore gamers. Which actually equals money.

    1st priority, money, means that they’ll let anyone make shovelware for the Wii (and DS & 3DS) as long as they get paid. This is why there are so many Petz games, Tycoon games, and Party games (and whatever else crapware is out there).

    2nd priority, is inevitably the most important. Nintendo tried to do the whole family friends cometogetherhaveaparty scene, and it didn’t work for them at all. Now I’m not saying they’ll stop this altogether, cause they DID see a slight increase in sales after launching this, but they realized that their main source of income is the hardcore gamers. Therefore, we’re getting awesome games. New games on the best series. AND, most importantly, the added difficulty. Nintendo solved their hardcore/casual gamer conflict, by increasing the difficulty, and adding the in-game guides for the casual gamers that can’t keep up. This way, both groups are happy, and Nintendo makes a ton of money. And we all live happily ever after. The end.

  12. I wouldn’t be suprised if Nintendo eased itself back from the whole motion control systems, what with Kinect and Move gearing up to what look like better systems on each console..what did Nintendo offer? Motion Plus..which to be honest didn’t improve the system greatly,

    The Games: personally I will not buy another Wii game for the console in it’s present form, there used to be a time when I would know about every release coming for the console, but they have licensed that much rubbish it’s impossible to keep up and yes I have bought some of them and got rid of them swiftly, Nintendo’s Quality Control is at best ..Questionable!

    Is another console coming soon? I think so, why did they drop the whole ‘Wii Speak’ thing so soon, developers didn’t seem to embrace it.. with very few games coming out for it..is that and indication in itself that another console with fixed voice comms/HD is coming? I think so.

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