Nintendo has not been the most consistent console manufacturer, with past failures like the Virtual Boy, GameCube and 2DS showing the Japanese console maker has issues bringing outlandish ideas to life.
The Wii U is a continuation in the lukewarm performance of Nintendo when it comes to changing the console format, the previous Wii did incredibly well, but has often been remarked as the console gathering the most dust after a few weeks.
Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed in an interview with Associated Press that Nintendo is working on a new console, but is still focused on developing titles for the Wii U.
Miyamoto did not go into detail on the new console, claiming the team is working on various concepts. It might be another surprising change of format for Nintendo fans, as the company tries to perfect the console for games in the mobile era.
Even though the Wii U has had a sluggish few years, numbers are starting to rise with the success of Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros, two of Nintendo’s biggest titles since the launch of the Wii U.
The Japanese developer is still far behind Microsoft and Sony in the next-gen race, but if it can keep customers happy, the large collection of exclusives could make Nintendo fans even more integrated into the ecosystem.
Nintendo does not release games on other platforms, unlike most of Sony and Microsoft’s studio partners. The Xbox One and PS4 have limited exclusive titles, and most launched in 2014 lacked any excitement.
In 2015, games like The Order: 1886, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Halo 5: Guardians and Crackdown might make the PS4 or Xbox One more viable consoles, but Nintendo also has The Legend of Zelda, Mario Maker, Star Fox, Mario Party 10 and other titles coming to the Wii U next year.