With the Wii console generating less revenue than in previous years, it's not surprising to see talk about the platform's successor. Speculation has ranged from a HD version of a Wii to one that includes 3D technology. At this point, Nintendo has remained unsurprisingly silent, slowly cranking up the hype machine with a comment here, a statement there.
The latest insight comes from Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto. Without providing specifics, he indicated that gamers will be in awe when the product finally hits the market.
"At Nintendo we always have the obligation to surprise users with a new game console," Sakamoto said in a recent interview. "We have never done what others have. We prefer to create something new that catches attention, and I think this will continue this time as well. Surely the new Nintendo machine will leave you all with your mouth open."
E3 2010 attendees were practically in that jaw-on-the-floor state after their hands-on experience with Nintendo's upcoming mobile platform, the 3DS. But will it change the mobile gaming market? That remains to be seen. Currently Apple is carving out a nice wedge, and Google's Android platform promises to steal its share as it matures. Sony is also beefing up its content delivery system for the PSP, and also supposedly plans to release a PSP-based phone in the near future.
Although the Nintendo Wii made its mark introducing gamers to motion controls, it wasn't exactly "jaw dropping." Not only will 3D and HD need to be a part of its next-gen formula, the company's "meaningful surprise" better be a whopper if the console isn't making an appearance for another three or so years.