updated 08:20 pm EDT, Wed October 21, 2009
Company to make the console less of a 'toy'
Game designed Shigeru Miyamoto has provided insight into Nintendo's upcoming Wii 2 console. In an interview with Popular Mechanics, Miyamoto suggested that the Wii's successor will feature a smaller form-factor and a lower price tag. He also hinted that the company may expand the Wii's capabilities to extend beyond its basic functionality as a toy.
"And while we don't have any concrete plans for what we'll be doing with hardware in the future, what I can say is that, my guess is that because we found this interface to be so interesting, I think it would be likely that we would try to make that same functionality perhaps more compact and perhaps even more cost-efficient," said Miyamoto.
The game designer acknowledged that the current Wii, like many other consoles, is primarily geared for gaming. "Whereas now I think we're starting to see a blurring of the lines, where, obviously, the internal guts of a video-game system is essentially a computer, and we're gradually seeing video games moving beyond simply entertainment into other aspects of everyday life."
If the details are accurate, the Wii would follow a similar path as many of its competitors. Unconfirmed reports claim the console will also get additional features such as HD video playback. [via techradar]