New Nintendo Platform Will Release in 2015/16

New Nintendo Platform Will Release in 2015/16

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The new Nintendo platform will launch in the fiscal year of 2016, and have a focus on "health and well-being".

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced today at an business strategy meeting that the company plans to release a brand-new piece of hardware, dubbed the QOL (Quality-of-life) platform, in the fiscal year ending 2016. The new hardware will be based on non-wearable health monitoring technology.

"What Nintendo will try to achieve in the next 10 years is a platform business that improves people's [quality of life] in enjoyable ways," Iwata said.

As this was a business presentation and not a new product reveal, details are very scarce, and it's not actually known if this will be an entirely new console, or some kind of add-on for its existing Wii U or 3DS platforms. The main theme of the technology is to enhance the quality of life through entertainment. The key word is health, claims Iwata.

"As those who are already suffering from illness can seek medical care, our new business domain would... enable people to monitor their health," Iwata said. "However, what is generally good for health requires some kind of effort to be made by the individual, and... it is sometimes difficult to stay focused and engaged, and it is not uncommon to give up after a few days."

Iwata said that the company will officially announce the platform and provide more details over the coming year. He did say that it was being developed by a completely new and separate division at Nintendo from their Wii U and 3DS divisions, so you probably shouldn't worry about support for those platforms waning.

Source: Nintendo via Wired

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Lets hope this isn't the WiiU successor. I'm a admitted Nintendo fanboy, but if Nintendo's console focus is going to shift to "healthy entertainment" I doubt very much I'll be into that idea.

We, as fans and consumers, need to get the message across in these critical early stages. DON'T GO IN THIS DIRECTION. Please Nintendo... Please.

What the fuck?

Nintendo turning into the next Zynga? ergh

DIRECT TO YOU!

Zelgon:
Lets hope this isn't the WiiU successor. I'm a admitted Nintendo fanboy, but if Nintendo's console focus is going to shift to "healthy entertainment" I doubt very much I'll be into that idea.

We, as fans and consumers, need to get the message across in these critical early stages. DON'T GO IN THIS DIRECTION. Please Nintendo... Please.

To be fair, they've been going this way for a while.

However, I doubt this replaces the Wii U. OTOH, it makes me less likely to buy one.

Jaylo69:
What the fuck?

Nintendo turning into the next Zynga? ergh

DIRECT TO YOU!

Really? Have they ripped off various flash games and sold premium currency to play them on Facebook?

Probably not a bad strategy by Nintendo, doing a quick search the Wii fit board sold 22.69 million world wide. These are not devices bought by 'core' gamers, and you could probably attribute much of the current woes in the Wii-U sale being from a lack of adoption from all the first time 'casual' gamers who bought a Wii.

Lots of gamers will shed tears over this sort of news, but to be successful Nintendo needs to find a balance between giving a platform to sell new iterations of their classic franchise and selling to the 'everyone and their grandma' crowd. They're not going to survive by trying to be an extreme gaming machine like the PlayStation or Xbox, and now especially with the Steam Box entering the ring.

I'm sorry, but this article is misleading. This will be an additional piece of hardware focused on people into health. What it isn't, is a new hardware gaming platform. The Wii U will continue to exist and articles like this just bring out the incorrect idea. Seriously, why don't we use the Nintendo article itself? It is a better source.

Zelgon:
Lets hope this isn't the WiiU successor. I'm a admitted Nintendo fanboy, but if Nintendo's console focus is going to shift to "healthy entertainment" I doubt very much I'll be into that idea.

We, as fans and consumers, need to get the message across in these critical early stages. DON'T GO IN THIS DIRECTION. Please Nintendo... Please.

They aren't. It's a new piece of hardware dedicated to health. Like it will be Console/Hand-held/QQL. It's not going to replace something. It's going to add.

Basically, what was said can be translated as thus:

"That Wii Fit doohickie sold a fucking bunch of units back on the Wii, so let's focus on that."

Whatever, as long as this isn't meant to replace the Wii U, I'm fine with Nintendo trying to tap into a market that Sony and Microsoft have pointedly ignored. As long as it keeps them in business.

Kind of a weird 180 from nintendo going from gaming to health care monitoring as a business strategy. This is most likely a new version of the Wii fit board though I don't see it making up in sales of the Wii-U. I don't see this helping or hurting nintendo any gamers wont buy it in any number and people who never bought a Wii-U wont buy it for the fitness add on. The cost of this device and the Wii-U (if they come together or are separate devices) would cost more then a years membership at a gym.

xaszatm:
I'm sorry, but this article is misleading. This will be an additional piece of hardware focused on people into health. What it isn't, is a new hardware gaming platform. The Wii U will continue to exist and articles like this just bring out the incorrect idea. Seriously, why don't we use the Nintendo article itself? It is a better source.

Thanks for your input! If you'll follow through to the nintendo source, as well as look at Iwata's direct quotes, he does specifically mention "platform" several times

So, basically, Nintendo realized that people liked the Wii Fit stuff, so they decided to make some hardware that's JUST for that and does it really well. Good call. Not something anyone would have expected 10 years ago, but as a way to diversify it makes a lot of sense.

lostlambda:
Kind of a weird 180 from nintendo going from gaming to health care monitoring as a business strategy. This is most likely a new version of the Wii fit board though I don't see it making up in sales of the Wii-U. I don't see this helping or hurting nintendo any gamers wont buy it in any number and people who never bought a Wii-U wont buy it for the fitness add on. The cost of this device and the Wii-U (if they come together or are separate devices) would cost more then a years membership at a gym.

It's not a Wii U add-on as far as I can tell. It's its own thing.

Steven Bogos:

xaszatm:
I'm sorry, but this article is misleading. This will be an additional piece of hardware focused on people into health. What it isn't, is a new hardware gaming platform. The Wii U will continue to exist and articles like this just bring out the incorrect idea. Seriously, why don't we use the Nintendo article itself? It is a better source.

Thanks for your input! If you'll follow through to the nintendo source, as well as look at Iwata's direct quotes, he does specifically mention "platform" several times

Fair enough. That post I made was a condescending. I apologize. Thank you for replying to my post in a non-aggressive way.

In what year are they going to release games for it?

The Wii Fit doesn't even actually work. This isn't a turn-around, this is them doing all the default things they did with the Wii and were already doing but announcing it like they decided to turn the company around

The Wii Fit sold a bundle after the Wii was already a huge success. I don't think it's a magic bullet

This isn't going to be a games console.
It's going to be an exercise machine.

RandV80:
Probably not a bad strategy by Nintendo, doing a quick search the Wii fit board sold 22.69 million world wide. These are not devices bought by 'core' gamers, and you could probably attribute much of the current woes in the Wii-U sale being from a lack of adoption from all the first time 'casual' gamers who bought a Wii.

Wii Sports is technically the best selling game in worlds history. Wii Fit coming in 3rd after another Wii Sports iteration in second place.
however i dont count them. that is because they were bundled with the console, therefore every console sale was technically a game sale as well. however that does not mean everyone that bought Wii even ever turned it on, and i know people who certainly didnt.

the problem with this strategy is that.... all those that wanted Wii fit already have it. they dont need to buy new console to play the same game.

So it's Wii Fit U (or maybe New Super Wii Fit World U to fit with current Nintendo naming trends). It might sell a few more WiiU's but if people already own one for the original Wii why would they need a second? Maybe it's going to have a bunch of extra medical gimmicks thrown in too, I would have suggested the vitality sensor or whatever it was called but since they mentioned it is non-wearable I guess that is out of the door.

Strazdas:

RandV80:
Probably not a bad strategy by Nintendo, doing a quick search the Wii fit board sold 22.69 million world wide. These are not devices bought by 'core' gamers, and you could probably attribute much of the current woes in the Wii-U sale being from a lack of adoption from all the first time 'casual' gamers who bought a Wii.

Wii Sports is technically the best selling game in worlds history. Wii Fit coming in 3rd after another Wii Sports iteration in second place.
however i dont count them. that is because they were bundled with the console, therefore every console sale was technically a game sale as well. however that does not mean everyone that bought Wii even ever turned it on, and i know people who certainly didnt.

the problem with this strategy is that.... all those that wanted Wii fit already have it. they dont need to buy new console to play the same game.

Wii Sports didn't came bundled in Japan and still sold almost 4 million. Wii Sports resort did have a wii bundle alternative, but their 30+ million is still nothing to ignore.

Can't say I saw this coming but sounds like a great move by Nintendo. Wii consoles and Wii Fit had huge success both at home and to aid with physical rehabilitation in hospitals. Obviously not something very many of us here would be interested in but they made a substantial name for themselves in the health and fitness market so it would be kind of a waste to throw that away when there's good money to be made.

They've stressed many times how gaming is at the core of the company so even if this takes off and leaves the Wii U in the dust I think it's unlikely Nintendo would get out of console gaming. This shouldn't be a threat to Nintendo fans.

Bold move, but i'd consider this better if I didn't think was just a cheap move by nintendo to sell us another bunch of peripherals with which to play mediocre games.

Maybe it's time for Nintendo to pack it in and go the route of sega.

xaszatm:
I'm sorry, but this article is misleading. This will be an additional piece of hardware focused on people into health. What it isn't, is a new hardware gaming platform. The Wii U will continue to exist and articles like this just bring out the incorrect idea. Seriously, why don't we use the Nintendo article itself? It is a better source.

yep, the title made me jup out of my skin, as i've only owned a WiiU for a month now.

not bad news if it keeps the Wii U alive, i'm not discusted by the thought of "filthy casuals" using the smae machines as me

Just support the Wii U and release some games for the thing. If they drop support only 2 years after I bought the thing I'm never buying a Nintendo product again. My non Escapist friends have echoed a similar sentiment.

If you replace all the blurbs in the diagram with the word "Bullshit", you pretty much get the same value. It's amazing, give it a shot!

First Thought: OH DEAR GOD WHAT THE F....
Second Thought: This is legit? *goes to Iwata's report*
Third Though: Oh, thank goodness. The "Fit" thing will be separate from Wii U and might draw away Nintendo's habit of throwing in unusual and/or unergonomic gimmicks.
Fourth Thought: But they still think the Gamepad is a great innovation. It's not so great that many games have to be centered around it.
Fifth Thought: The "quick start" sounds good, and the NFC implementation sounds so irrelevant I won't give it its own thought.
Sixth Thought: OH DEAR GOD YES! DS games on Wii U Virtual Console!
Seventh Thought: Mario Kart 8 in May? Sounds like a launch-period buy for me!
Eighth Thought: 3DS? I don't care.
Ninth Thought: Nintendo Network ID expansion? I don't really care.

They risk pulling a "Dreamcast" by releasing first and this early compared to the competition.

I love how anything Nintendo related brings out all the armchair business analysts. (Not talking about this thread specifically).

"Nintendo should go third party!"

"Nintendo should merge their home consoles/handhelds!"

"Nintendo should kill the Wii U and release a new console!". (Because that worked SO well for Sega when they killed the Saturn).

VG_Addict:

"Nintendo should kill the Wii U and release a new console!". (Because that worked SO well for Sega when they killed the Saturn).

It actually did work for them in a way. The total lifetime sales of the SEGA Saturn were only 9.5 million units, while the Dreamcast sold a total of 10.6 million. What killed Sega was how they launched the Saturn, that's what truly killed them in the end, that and the 32X and Sega CD. The Dreamcast was doing wonderful, but the problem was that Sony announced the PS2 and people waited for that. They then lost the Japanese market because the PS2 in Japan was a cheap and affordable DVD player, which the Dreamcast was not.

What I'm saying is that Dreamcast isn't what killed Sega, it was the Saturn that did.

Neronium:

VG_Addict:

"Nintendo should kill the Wii U and release a new console!". (Because that worked SO well for Sega when they killed the Saturn).

It actually did work for them in a way. The total lifetime sales of the SEGA Saturn were only 9.5 million units, while the Dreamcast sold a total of 10.6 million. What killed Sega was how they launched the Saturn, that's what truly killed them in the end, that and the 32X and Sega CD. The Dreamcast was doing wonderful, but the problem was that Sony announced the PS2 and people waited for that. They then lost the Japanese market because the PS2 in Japan was a cheap and affordable DVD player, which the Dreamcast was not.

What I'm saying is that Dreamcast isn't what killed Sega, it was the Saturn that did.

Except Sega pissed off a lot of consumers by prematurely killing a console. The same would happen to Nintendo if they killed off the Wii U.

VG_Addict:

Except Sega pissed off a lot of consumers by prematurely killing a console. The same would happen to Nintendo if they killed off the Wii U.

While yes they did that, the fact that the Dreamcast still sold more than the Sega Saturn shows how easily people seem to forget. Hell, look at the Xbox One, with everything Microsoft has done up to the launch the Xbox One still has sold 3.9 million when only out for 2 months...>.>

VG_Addict:

Except Sega pissed off a lot of consumers by prematurely killing a console. The same would happen to Nintendo if they killed off the Wii U.

And that wasn't the first time Sega did that. The Sega CD and 32x were killed off pretty quick too which led to a LOT of issues. Basically a company is stuck with hardware no matter what once it's released and killing it off doesn't really do any good for anyone involved. It's about time people get over the Wii U. It's here and it's going to STAY here.

Aiddon:

And that wasn't the first time Sega did that. The Sega CD and 32x were killed off pretty quick too which led to a LOT of issues. Basically a company is stuck with hardware no matter what once it's released and killing it off doesn't really do any good for anyone involved. It's about time people get over the Wii U. It's here and it's going to STAY here.

I'm not saying the Wii U has to go. I'm just saying that what really killed SEGA were the Saturn, 32X and Sega CD. The Dreamcast didn't kill Sega, in fact if they had made some better decisions it could have gone a bit longer perhaps.

I look forward to the articles from health organisations that condemns Nintendo's new console to replace or even to be used as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Will it actually aid with fitness, or will it be as useless as the Wii fit was?

So... It isn't a WiiU successor, and has an emphasis on fitness and well-being?

So it's a successor to the Wii Fit?

Full Metal Bolshevik:
Wii Sports didn't came bundled in Japan and still sold almost 4 million. Wii Sports resort did have a wii bundle alternative, but their 30+ million is still nothing to ignore.

im not saying that being bundled outright means its a useless game, however when talking about "best selling game" i usually ignore bundled games because sometimes they have high numbers solelty on bundles and another game that people bought that wasnt bundled (and yet still sold spectacular) may have actually been the true "best seller" out there. For example Super Mario Bros is best selling mario game mostly due to fact that every console came with one.

Capcha: capcha in the eye

I think its truly reached self consciousness now.

 

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