Nintendo's Next Console Will Be A Surprise, They Hope

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Rumors of a Wii HD have all but faded into distant memories now that Nintendo has put the spotlight on their new handheld system, the 3DS. When Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was politely asked about Nintendo's hardware plans as part of a shareholder meeting exchange, he simply said he wants everyone to be surprised when a Wii 2 eventually does find its way into existence.

"Speaking of other products, we are of course studying and developing the next console to Wii," Iwata stated in the Q and A, which was posted on "However, there is a big difference between studying a product and announcing what it is and when we will release it."

So how soon down the road should the general public expect to hear about Nintendo's next console? Well, as late as Nintendo can possibly afford to tell everyone about it would probably be the best way to assess the end of the timeline they're currently operating with.

"I am afraid to say that the history of entertainment is also the history of imitation. A great idea will promptly be copied unless protected through patents," Iwata explained. "At the same time, it is really important for our business to positively surprise people. Will you be surprised by our completed product if we told you how it is surprising three years in advance? Therefore, we basically disclose information on our products as late as possible."

Do you still play your Wii? Do you want Nintendo to come out with another console soon? Are you still perfectly satisfied with it? Share your reactions to Iwata's remarks in the comment section below.