Iwata: No new console before April 2012

Project Cafe will not release during current financial year; 16m 3DS sales expected over next 12 months

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has confirmed to investors that the company will not be releasing a planned successor to the Wii before the end of the current fiscal year dated April 2012.

According to a report by Andriasang, Iwata said the new hardware is necessary because "it became difficult for developers to surprise customers with the current Wii."

The company officially admitted yesterday to the existence of Project Cafe - the codename for a new home console, which it will demo for the first time at E3 in June.

It became difficult for developers to surprise customers with the current Wii.

Satoru Iwata, Nintendo

Nintendo revealed yesterday that profits for the financial year ended March 31 were down 66.1 per cent to ¥77.6 billion, while net sales were ¥1 trillion, down 29.3 per cent.

Wii sales now stand at 86 million units, with 15 million of those sold last year. The DS sold 17.52 million units over the past 12 months.

Discussing the newly released 3DS handheld, Iwata said Nintendo is targeting 16 million sales over the next year and it will also release the system in China and other developing markets.

During the last financial year, Nintendo sold 3.6 million 3DS units, just short of the 4 million predicted.

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Ínfila6 years ago
Supongo que lo retrasan por lo del terremoto de Japón. Me alegra porque ésta generación me está gustando mucho y Nintendo siempre tiene buenas ventas; además a ella no le hace falta una consola HD para demostrarnos que es la mejor en el mundillo.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 6 years ago
Note to Iwata.. customers don't want "surprises" they just want GOOD GAMES, period. While the Wii has a number of excellent titles, wading though the piles of budget-priced "casual" PC ports, reworkings of years old PS2 titles (yes, if you ONLY had Nintendo systems in the house, you've never played these previously) and just plain not so good releases mixed in with great games didn't exactly "surprise" many people.

I'm hoping for more original games on the new system that don't just rely on today's gimmicks and add HD flash to appease the whiners. Good games are far more than just eyeball sized gumdrops...
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Ínfila6 years ago
@Greg Wilcox
Yo creo que Nintendo sí tiene buenos juegos (quitando los de su propia cosecha), pero su filosofía añadida a la pobreza gráfica hace que muchas desarrolladoras no quieran crear juegos para ella por sus "exigencias del guión". Al menos eso es lo que tengo entendido.
La Wii es una excelente plataforma para combinarla con otra ya que de por sí sola es cierto que no ofrece tanto hardcore como las demás.
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Germán Vázquez Executive Producer, Neggi Studio6 years ago
"@Ínfila El terremoto de Japón no fue factor para retrasar la consola, un factor más probable son los relacionados con la producción de una nueva consola y crear suficiente inventario para el lanzamiento. Por ejemplo el 3DS, fue anunciado en el E3 del 2010 y la consola salio hasta Marzo del 2011.

Por otro lado coincido contigo que los gráficos ya son un factor que está influyendo cada vez más en la decisión de la gente, pues al comparar los juegos de Wii con sus versiones de 360 o PS3 ya es muy difícil justificarlas.
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