PS4, Xbox One may compete Vs new Wii

By Alan Ng - Jan 16, 2014

Just when you thought that the PS4 and Xbox One had the next-generation console war to themselves, interesting rumors are spreading this week suggesting that Nintendo may be plotting something big. Despite the fact that the Wii U is still relatively new on the market, we could be seeing a true next-gen ‘Wii U 2’ sooner rather than later.

Although some still dispute the claim, the Wii U still is the first of the next-generation consoles to arrive before the PS4 and Xbox One came onto the scene. In terms of hardware performance though, the Wii U obviously isn’t anywhere close to their console counterparts.

We’re guessing that Nintendo are keen on changing this perception in the minds of the gamer that Nintendo are in ‘third place’ behind Sony and Microsoft. With this in mind, just take a look at this rumor which has been posted by a Neogaf insider who apparently knows of Nintendo’s secret plans internally:

“Almost certainly off-topic, but I don’t quite want to make a new thread, because it would go to shit quickly. Also, I’d need to post a source, and I don’t really want to get people in trouble. Anyway, Nintendo apparently started working on a new platform in early 2013 and has already selected a vendor for the SoC after talking to several potential candidates. The SoC might be based on an existing design, but will be changed to fit Nintendo’s requirements. I assume it’s for their next handheld, though.”

Obviously, this is just from one user’s mouth so we would need to hear more conclusive evidence on this before taking it seriously. You can’t deny that it isn’t interesting though – could Nintendo be already planning to move Wii gaming to the next level with another console with upgraded hardware specs?

Those who have already bought a Wii U may not like these rumors at all, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo wanted to usher in a new console and get back into making hardware that can seriously compete with Sony and Microsoft.

As we await more details on this, give us your initial reaction below. Would you be shocked if Nintendo are already planning another Wii console?

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  • Matthew Sizemore

    The Wii U, despite marketing troubles, can still be an overwhelming success even in it’s current state. I’ve owned one since launch and own all the other consoles as well and must say I love the gamepad, miiverse, and pro controller. Nintendo needs to focus on the games and put every penny they can into putting out quality first party titles. With smash bros U and Mario kart 8 coming out soon those will help of course and get more people on board. It’s a very capable machine mario 3d world just shows how beautiful the HD graphics are on the Wii U. More power is not needed just more great software. I’d love to see a Mario Sunshine 2 and Mario galaxy 3. I also think it would be a smart move to make a Mario 64 HD with a few changes here and there. Nintendo should also implement some sort of trophy/achievement system which would post when unlocked on Miiverse. I think they should design a Miiverse user profile trophy room which would show different unique nintendo character trophies unlocked or possibly even a puzzle collection which each piece counting toward unlocking the big picture. Kind of like what is already on the 3ds but more in depth. Nintendo is in a great position with the Wii U maybe not now but in a year or 2. They will be poised to get the price down to $199 in a couple of years and sell additional gamepads. By this time they will fly off the shelves as long as they have a great library of 1st party games. 3rd parties will then start supporting it in a big way I believe as well. Nintendo might even consider releasing a different designed Wii U with the same hardware of course in a different shell with a sleeker smaller gamepad and in special themed collectors editions. The sky is the limit but to me there is no need to abandon something that isn’t broken and Nintendo won’t they will just improve upon what they have. This would be the smartest step for Nintendo going forward.

  • Roy Jones

    Regardless of this rumor, Nintendo is throwing in the towel way too soon. They need to put on their gorilla marketing pants and go Samsung versus Apple on Xbox and Sony: Slam them for their fees (you have to pay for a Gold account to watch Netflix? WTF?), slam them for their adult content (porn boxes), slam them over and over on value/cost (layer upon layer of fees, in app purchases, map packs, on and on, higher hardware and game costs), slam them for backwards compatibility. Slam them for their pathetic game libraries. Show how annoying Kinect can be, how complicated the GUIs are for Mom and kids, and how lame and low tech the DualShock is next to a Gamepad. Slam them for power consumption. Slam them for past reliability issues. Show the nice pile of Nintendo games and hardware you can get next to an Xbox One with zero games and a single controller. Show the mountain of exclusive, highly rated (as in undisputed champion) Wii and Wii U games next to the void that is the competition. Do it with charm and humor, always contrasting Nintendo’s far better treatment of their consumers with the competition who spends more time developing new revenue models than software. Install Wii Us in Crew Cab F150s and Odysseys. Make a portable version. Make a Mario version. Make a mean looking FPS version and call it the Wii U Assault. Build them into TVs. Make your best games ever. Sometimes Americans need to get hit over the head, and this is no time for subtlty. Nintendo lost round one, but when Xbox and PS sugar highs are over the war will be very much up for Nintendo to win. Content is king: It is pure crap to think you need a better video card or yet another way to watch TV to win. Nintendo has a marketing problem, a result of attitude problem, not a design, content or quality problem. Stop acting like losers and people will stop treating your product like one.

  • lucian ratty

    this is pure BS they didn’t create a new console soon after the wii launch which the wii was way wicker in specs than the ps360 ,why would they do it now when the specs of the ps4/xbox1 are not that far ahead of the wii u his doesn’t make any sence

  • Rodger Jamjet

    I wouldn’t be disappointed at all, even though I bought the WiiU. I would definately buy the newer more powerful Wii gaming hardware, if this is the case. As long as it’s compatible with all the Wii/WiiU peripherals, gamepad included … I’m in! I’d be very excited for new WiiU hardware to compete with the new MSONY machines.

  • Dave

    Most little kids and adult casual gamers who bought the Wii have moved to cheapy IOS and Android mobile/tablet gaming. But judging by the record breaking sales of the next gen PS4/XB1 consoles, core gamers (who have got bored very quickly of cheapy mobile games with horrible touch controls) will stick with PS4 and XB1. Can’t really see a market for a ‘Wii 2’, they should just sell Nintendo games on PS4/XB1 and mobile.

  • Jock_Nerd

    Not for a couple years. The next system will be a hybrid handheld and console. It will act as both a Wii U gamepad and portable system. It will play Wii U games (downloads) and connect to a TV. Heard it here first.

  • Paladinrja

    NeoGAF.. gamings 4-Chan? Has the media really lost its investigative skills that much that radical news comes disproportionately from a rumour-mill.

    Without a doubt Nintendo has already begun development on their next console and other hardware. As will their competitors soon enough.