Nintendo Working On A New, AMD Powered Wii
Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s game design chief, has confirmed in an interview with the Associated Press that a successor to the current Wii U console is already in development. In the interview Miyamoto said, “For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems… While we’re busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be.”
After disappointingly low sales numbers for the Wii U, there was speculation that Nintendo would abandon hardware and instead focus on developing its successful franchises like Mario and Zelda. Nintendo had done extremely well for itself with the Wii console, selling more than 100 million units after its release in 2006. But its follow-up, the Wii U, failed to live up to expectation by only reaching 2.8 million of the sales forecast of 9 million.
This year has seen increased interest in the Wii U with critically acclaimed titles such as Mario Kart 8 and Bayonetta 2. Nintendo has now sold more than 7 million units worldwide. This number is still under their sales forecast at the release of the console and trailing far behind sales of the PS4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo Powered by AMD?
Recently Devinder Kumar, the CFO at AMD, announced that the company had just landed two big design wins. Kumar said, “one is x86 and the other is ARM, and at least one will be beyond gaming, right. But that is about as much as you going to get out me today. From the standpoint [of being] fair to [customers], it is their product, and they launch it. They are going to announce it and then […] you will find out that it is AMD’s APU that is being used in those products.”
This separate announcement might be nothing more than a coincidence. If it turns out that they are related, it’s likely we’ll see the next Nintendo console powered by a x8 SoC – just like the PS4 and Xbox One. But who knows? A lot can change in over a yeas time.
With several key Wii U titles due in 2015 – including a new adventure in the blockbusting Zelda series – it’s unlikely that we’ll see a release date in 2015.
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