Miyamoto says "Wii 2 must be unique"

Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto believes that the Wii 2 "must be unique" and stand out from the crowd by not just using the latest technology, but instead focusing on how to use it differently, Neowin has learnt via CVG.

Speaking in an interview with Games TM magazine, Miyamoto said, "In the next generation of hardware, the challenge is how unique and different a product Nintendo is able to make.

"Whether that be Wii HD, Wii 2 or an entirely new console, I am not in a position to say at this point.

"The only thing I can say is that technology is available to all equally today, and how we decide to make use of that technology and in what format is what will make our hardware unique in comparison to the hardware from other manufacturers.

"I think that in the next generation of hardware, the challenge is how unique and different a product Nintendo is able to make."

With any luck Nintendo will release more information on the Wii's future at E3 2010 in June. Earlier this year Ngamer magazine tweeted that Nintendo's showing at the coming E3 show would threaten "to be better than their last two E3s glued together."

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Nintendo's showing at the coming E3 show would threaten "to be better than their last two E3s glued together."

Now THIS sounds interesting...

dotf said,
Nintendo will go the way of Sega soon enough.

I really don't think so... Nintendo has a LOT more cash on hand than Sega ever did. They can weather competition better. Add to that the incredible sales of the Wii, their continued dominance in the handheld market, their renown when it comes to first party software (Though Sega was no slouch in this department either), and their reputation for innovation, and I don't think they're going anywhere...

Even though I agree that the Wii 2 needs to be unique, Nintendo definitely need to up their specs to 360 level (at least) for their new console - it's getting to the point now (well, it has done for a while) where bigger tech is no longer used just for prettier graphics - it's about AI, collision detection, physics, etc etc and it's stuff that's pretty much a prerequisite in next-gen consoles. If Nintendo do another small bump for the next generation of games consoles, then I really do fear for their market share.

At the end of the day, Microsoft and Sony are starting to creep into Wii territory and (Microsoft at least) are at a very convincing price point even with Natal to start to shake (pun unintended) Nintendo off their throne and carry themselves into the next generation with that momentum intact. Mean while, we're about to see Sony and Quantum Dream produce Heavy Rain with motion controls, which is something I'm certain will truly show why motion controls are great and are here to stay, and why they're even here at all.

So, both will know how to combine the latest conventional technology with innovative motion controls and you'll eventually start to see these games more and more - "Smart Motion Games" to coin a phrase in advance - which if Nintendo doesn't have similar horsepower to the current generation of consoles in the next generation, will be a new wave of games Nintendo won't be able to join in on.

I'm not exactly all doom and gloom and saying Nintendo's had it etc etc, but I can definitely see how Nintendo could lose their top spot.

Nintendo's strategy has never been to out-do the competition on hardware specs - that's a battle between Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo's strategy has been innovative controls, features, and games. Yes yes I know, most third-party Wii games are terrible but Nintendo makes amazing games that take full advantage of Wii's innovation.

I am sure the next console will again be designed primarily around gameplay rather than raw hardware specs. It's how Nintendo has differentiated itself in the console "war" for a long time.

C_Guy said,
Nintendo's strategy has never been to out-do the competition on hardware specs - that's a battle between Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo's strategy has been innovative controls, features, and games. Yes yes I know, most third-party Wii games are terrible but Nintendo makes amazing games that take full advantage of Wii's innovation.

I am sure the next console will again be designed primarily around gameplay rather than raw hardware specs. It's how Nintendo has differentiated itself in the console "war" for a long time.

+1

Nintendo's next console will offer 3D options, mark my words. Just imagine Mario with 3D used to create the levels. I think it would be pretty cool.

bnajbert said,
Nintendo's next console will offer 3D options, mark my words. Just imagine Mario with 3D used to create the levels. I think it would be pretty cool.

I think if Nintendo applied some Mario Bros Lost Levels difficulty to 3D levels that would be extremely awesome.

Dead'Soul said,
sony: playstation move, microsoft: project natal, nintendo: ?
Nintendo:motion plus, you know the thing that should have came with the Wii from the start.

what is there? like serious, controller, motion controller, movement (natal, cam etc). Like short of controlling the wii2 with yoru mind what are you gonna do?

The original article said,
..not just using the latest technology, but instead focusing on how to use it differently

Instead? The two are not mutually exclusive. I'd love a Wii that has the motion controller capabilities of the current Wii, with the graphics of the 360. Current Wii graphics just look fugly on my 40" TV.

TCLN Ryster said,

Instead? The two are not mutually exclusive. I'd love a Wii that has the motion controller capabilities of the current Wii, with the graphics of the 360. Current Wii graphics just look fugly on my 40" TV.

Actually using it "just" for something and using it for something else are mutually exclusive, by the definition of the word just. Had the Wii come out with HD it would have been using new technology differently. Had the Wii come out with HD and no motion controls (an ordinary console, no improvements) it would have "just" been using the latest technology in a convention manner.

WooHoo!!! said,
How about they get off their arses and create a decent online set up. It's long overdue.

Nintendo ripped the online experience because of some bad experience with pedophiles.

Edited by Brony, Apr 13 2010, 1:35pm :

Magallanes said,

Nintendo ripped the online experience because of some bad experience with pedophiles.

What?? I hadn't heard of that...

I am very curious to see what nintendo comes up with . Nintendo seems to be pretty up with all the technology out their. Wether they use it or not is a different story .Remember Nintendo knew about the natal tech before Microsoft did.

IF you dig through nintendos patents they have a lot of cool patents that they never use.

majortom1981 said,
I am very curious to see what nintendo comes up with . Nintendo seems to be pretty up with all the technology out their. Wether they use it or not is a different story .Remember Nintendo knew about the natal tech before Microsoft did.

IF you dig through nintendos patents they have a lot of cool patents that they never use.

How do you know when Microsoft patented it?

majortom1981 said,
I am very curious to see what nintendo comes up with . Nintendo seems to be pretty up with all the technology out their. Wether they use it or not is a different story .Remember Nintendo knew about the natal tech before Microsoft did.

IF you dig through nintendos patents they have a lot of cool patents that they never use.

Natal is still a WIP (work in progress), Microsoft rigged some motion capture system to show in some EXPO but, currently MS is still working on the end version of Natal.

I'm unsure, everyone thought Nintendo would be pushed out this generation but they managed to pull something out of the bag.

It will be hard to be unique next time. Next generation of console for sure will be more powerful, have online connection and the only new thing apart of better hardware in my opinion will be 3D gaming.

They cant bring out a standard console, as they cant compete with Sony and Microsoft anymore in terms of power and graphics. Alot of people were arguing that Nintendo was screwed this generation with the flop of the gamecube but there 'Wii' gimmick kept them being a major player in the hardware scene. Its now a case of weither they can keep bringing new people to the market or hold onto the casual scene.

Billus said,
Maybe they should think of using a standardized controller rather than relying on useless gimmicks.

I hope your being sarcastic considering both microsoft and sony are jumping over each other to copy nintendo.

majortom1981 said,

I hope your being sarcastic considering both microsoft and sony are jumping over each other to copy nintendo.

Sony did have the motion controller project before Wii. The plan was to release it on PS2 with EyeToy but the EyeToy there wasn't as good so it was planned to be made for PS3. In a sense, Wii copied Sony.

Billus said,
Maybe they should think of using a standardized controller rather than relying on useless gimmicks.

The wiimote is incredible, is simple yet effective and works for FPS games,racing games, strategic game and.. almost any game.

In opposite, the common joypad present in the rest of the console is annoying, specially for fps.


Glendi said,

Sony did have the motion controller project before Wii. The plan was to release it on PS2 with EyeToy but the EyeToy there wasn't as good so it was planned to be made for PS3. In a sense, Wii copied Sony.

The Nintendo system had a motion sensor back in 1989 (remember the power glove) it was an amazing flop but nintendo tried again and succeeded with the Wii, so Sony copied them. Sony didn't release the first playstation until around 1994

Teebor said,

The Nintendo system had a motion sensor back in 1989 (remember the power glove) it was an amazing flop but nintendo tried again and succeeded with the Wii, so Sony copied them. Sony didn't release the first playstation until around 1994

Which Nintendo paid the entirety of the R&D for! IRONY!

But yeah really everyone copies each other.

Edited by The Teej, Apr 13 2010, 3:56pm :

Glendi said,

Sony did have the motion controller project before Wii. The plan was to release it on PS2 with EyeToy but the EyeToy there wasn't as good so it was planned to be made for PS3. In a sense, Wii copied Sony.

Except that Nintendo's worked? That kind of makes a difference... And to be honest I've never heard before that Sony had plans to do something like that. Not saying you're wrong, but I never heard claims of that before. Though it's not like Sony hasn't copied Nintendo as well...

majortom1981 said,

I hope your being sarcastic considering both microsoft and sony are jumping over each other to copy nintendo.

+1

TruckWEB said,
Would be nice if the Wii 2 could have more good games... My Wii is getting dusty...

I guess I agree with you. The odd game is worth buying. Like the recent Mario game. Games like Wii Sports (which is free anyway) make good use of the console. Other games like Red Steel feel a bit gimmicky. I resolved that issue buying these sorts of games on my 360 and PS3.

Edited by ]SK[, Apr 13 2010, 11:22am :

TruckWEB said,
Would be nice if the Wii 2 could have more good games... My Wii is getting dusty...

+1

Just about the only good games for Wii are those from Nintendo. It's like third parties just don't know how (or can't be bothered) to use motion controls correctly.

tonyunreal said,
And it must cost much less for Nintendo to make so they can rip you off.

Wow, they didn't teach economics at your school?

Edited by Bonfire, Apr 13 2010, 4:50pm :

tonyunreal said,
And it must cost much less for Nintendo to make so they can rip you off.

Last I checked, making a profit isn't "ripping off" the consumer, it's good business...