At Nintendo, the creative desire of its legendary designer overrides everything.
Nintendo of America hotshot Reggie Fils-Aime has constantly denied the release of a "Wii 2" anytime soon, saying that the time just isn't right, and when developers start coming to Nintendo with new ideas that the Wii can't execute, things would change. But, in an interview with Kotaku, Fils-Aime said there's one player that could change this in an instant: Shigeru Miyamoto.
According to Fils-Aime: "When Mr. Miyamoto goes to Mr. Iwata and says. 'I have this great idea and I can't do it on the Wii,' that's when there will be a next generation console. What that includes we'll see." Miyamoto evidently has some pull at the house of Game & Watch. Fils-Aime also reiterated that Nintendo is not all caught up in HD, 3D, and giant flatscreen televisions the size of mountains, and would rather create a new console that innovates in the same way as the Wii.
Though Miyamoto is "very interested in a high-definition experience," the next Nintendo console would be something "consistent with what we brought to market with Wii and with DS," Fils-Aime said. "I can tell you is that we will innovate. We will provide something new. Something that the consumer and the industry will look at and say 'Wow, I didn't see that coming." With a big zinger, he also took a nice shot at Sony and Microsoft, saying: "I think we would have been embarrassed to do what our competitors are currently doing," presumably referring to Microsoft's Natal and Sony's Move. I hope someone gave Reggie a high-five after that one.
With the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 both looking at a supposed minimum remaining shelf-life of around five years (or longer), according to execs from both companies, Nintendo hasn't really made its plans clear on that of the Wii. However, Fils-Aime feels that due to Nintendo's strong 2009 holiday season "the Wii still has a very long, very vibrant life in front of it." Nintendo is known for its secrecy, so we'll have to take Fils-Aime's word for now.