Nintendo: no new console hardware “anytime soon”

While rumors are abound regarding a successor to the Nintendo DS and a possible reveal imminent in coming months, the same can’t be said for a next generation Wii. Speaking with GameSpot, Nintendo of America marketing head Cammie Dunaway dispels any notion of new console hardware arriving in the next year.

“I don’t think it’ll be any time soon,” Dunaway said about the follow-up to the Wii. “Even though our installed base is, at this point, 5 million households larger than the PS2 was at the same point in its lifecycle, [Wii] still has a lot of room to grow. If you think of [with] PS2, there’s been about 50 million sold, Wii [is] close to 28 million sold; that says to me that’s there’s still a big audience out there that we can access with Wii.”

That’s not to say Nintendo will introduce a new console as soon as the Wii matches or surpasses PS2 sales. Dunaway ends the topic with a more ambiguous promise. “That said, part of Nintendo’s heritage is to always be looking at innovation, and to always start working on the next hardware every time we launch a platform, so we’ll have it ready when the time is right.”