“In terms of what the future holds, we’ve gone on record to say that the next step for Nintendo in home console will not be to simply make it HD, but to add more and more capability,” he added.
“We’ll do that when we totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii and we are nowhere near doing that yet, so lots of ongoing opportunity for the consumer in the current generation.”
It will be interesting to watch what Nintendo does next. As far as I can tell the Wii is still selling like hotcakes. Obviously Nintendo is carefully planning their next move, system upgrades, etc, and I could not see Nintendo following the GameBoy, GameBoy Light, GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Advance SP, DS, DS Lite, DSi cash cow. Maybe. The handheld gaming demographics and what will fly in terms of system “upgrades” has to be completely different. I doubt that most moms are going to run out to “upgrade” their Wii to a better looking Wii.
This is not to say that graphics do not matter. I am not a complete dumbass; after all I spent my review writing days lamenting gameplay over eye-candy. Now I am a graphics whore! Not really, but I actually get the mass market a lot better than I did when I was an arrogant, elitist, anti-establishment reviewer.
What will Nintendo’s next system offer? First, the Wii name and Nintendo brand recognition. Second, better graphics. What else? Continue to work on motion control improvements? Continue with GameCube and Wii backwards compatibility, and maybe offer some sort of upscaling similar to what the PS2 did for PSX games? I am not sure if the Wii audience really cares about an online gaming experience, but there is room for improvement in this area.
I am not sure what the Wii 2 could do to improve the gaming experience. Nintendo has a massive gold mine in the Wii installed base waiting to be tapped by Nintendo, but that is about the bottom line, not gaming. I love Nintendo’s games, but as a system, other than going the GameBoy Light path mentioned above, the Wii is a dead-end gaming platform.