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Nintendo, Sega Talk Future Console Hardware

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is probably tired talking about the next gaming console. After all, the company just revealed its latest hand-held gaming unit (packed with 3D goodness!), the Nintendo 3DS. It also indicated that there's still plenty of life in the aging Wii console, now sprinkled with new, upcoming releases like Metroid: Other M, GoldenEye: 007, and Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Yet amidst the E3 glory of new products of today, Iwata still ends up talking about the Wii's successor. He's already stomped out any possibilities of an HD version of the Wii in the works. He's also stomped out any possibilities of a 3D version of the current system. Apparently Nintendo likes the Wii just the way it is. Any new features will be shoved into the next, full-fledged Wii successor.

"If you display a 3D image, the image quality becomes extremely bad, so we'd probably do it with the next system," he said referring to 3D on the current console. "We're thinking that the timing should be once the 3D television adoption rates crosses the 30-percent mark. We're looking at the adoption trends."

During the E3 conference Iwata made it clear that Nintendo has no immediate need to replace the Wii console. "We currently do not have an answer as to what point in the future that need will come," he said through a translator. The new successor will only come when both Nintendo and 3rd-party publishers are ready to provide "a very healthy environment for that platform."

Meanwhile, Nintendo's former rival Sega is also talking about a possible return to consoles. Rumors of this magnitude have been around for quite a while even though the company continues to claim itself as a software-only company.

However a recent console spark was ignited when Sega supposedly signed a deal with a UK-based 3D hardware manufacturer. During E3 2010 Sega West president Mike Hayes quickly nuked the possibility--again--of Sega reverting back to it's previous console ways.

"Absolutely not," he said when asked if the rumors were true. "We're a software company. We certainly won't be getting back into hardware, that's for sure."