Nintendo’s next system will be more compact and more cost efficient, says Miyamoto

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but the Wii is kind of a success, and a big one at that. Nintendo have struck a near perfect console balance that has kept both hardcore and casual gamers buying their system. Of course, there’s one question on everyone’s mind for the company that gave birth to dual screens and motion controls, where next?

While he won’t be telling us exact details just yet, Shigeru Miyamoto, the Mario man that needs no introduction has given a few thoughts in an interview with Popular Mechanics to the other aspects of the system, namely price and kit, “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.”

Cost-efficient is a promising term. The Wii retails for a charming $199 right now, but extra controllers and essentials like the Wii MotionPlus will set you back quite a bit. Of course, price is just one of the boxes Nintendo has to tick for the next round as many gamers out there want to see them catch up with the sparkling HD visuals that the competition offers. The Wii has changed the shape of the industry for good, will the follow-up do the same?