Lets be the first to talk next gen




Game consoles have been group by generations for quite some time, however there seems to be some confusion of whether the Wii U is a ‘next gen’ system. As of writing it is not.

The Wii U is the current generation.

To clarify Wii, PS3 and 360 are last generation. The Playstation 4 and next Xbox will join the Wii U in this current generation.

Nintendo console generations usually last either 5 or 6 years, so we can expect Nintendo’s next home console 2017 or 2018. How the Wii U is received in the long-term will shape what will come next. If Nintendo sees it as a success I think it’s fairly safe to say we will see another GamePad centric console. This will keep backwards compatibility with the Wii U and let Nintendo expand further with the multiple screen concept.

The new gamepad could possibly get its resolution doubled, become glasses free 3D, multi-touch glass, larger battery, increased wireless range, however the ratio will likely stay the same for compatibility with Wii U games. Of course another option is keeping the controller simpler, cheaper and promoting local 4 player gamepad experiences, each player having their own screen.

Keeping 2 screens for the console will also let the Wii U successor play DS and 3DS games on the new virtual console.

Finally with the recent news that Nintendo has merged their home console and portable hardware divisions I believe the next generations of portable and console will play together on an OS level and will have access to the same Miiverse, friend list, Virtual Console games and eShop content including both games and Apps.

All said and done, Nintendo loves to surprise us. Maybe we will see a return of a traditional ‘classic controller’, a supped up Wii remote or something no one could predict.

Join me in my crazy early predictions and let me know your own early predictions on what a next generation Nintendo console could offer!

Lewis Pugh is a game developer at Leuvsion (www.leuvsion.com) for mobile platforms, born and bred on Nintendo gaming. Being a developer gives Lewis a unique perspective on Nintendo news, especially relating to the eShop and Nintendo Network. Today he plays Wii U and 3DS enjoying their distinctive gameplay offerings. Looking into what the future holds for Nintendo is always tricky, even with its established heritage, but that’s exactly what makes it so fun. NNID: Leuvsion


  1. I don’t know if the pople who says that the Wii U is not next-gen is trolling or are just plain stupid.
    There is still too much time to predict what is going to be the next-gen move, but today I was thinking that a more immersive approach , like reimagining VR would be awesome. 3D gamepad looks more like a Wii U future update.

  2. The Wii U is “next gen”, plain and simple. The Wii was also next gen at some point. It was directly competing (and still is) with the PS3 and the 360, just like the Gamecube was competing with the PS2 and the original Xbox. The fact that the Wii U doesn’t match the specs of the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft does not mean it is not part of the new gen.

    A new controller, great ideas such as Miiverse, the great bump in hardware specs and full HD, to name a few, are just what Nintendo fans needed.

  3. Just incase there’s any confusion the Wii U is 100% “next gen” as most people use the term, just having fun with the term “next gen” itself, as the Wii U is available to buy its actually current gen making the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 last gen 😉

  4. Graphically it’s not going to keep up with the new PS4 or Xbox, but you are right. It is the newest generation from Nintendo, and everyone has to start not trying to lump Nintendo in with what everyone else is doing because they are simply not doing what everyone else is doing. They do their own thing and good on them.

    Secondly, it would be an amazing thing if Nintendo’s new console would be similar to that of the Wii U, but in that the Gamepad could be taken everywhere with its own hardware built in. This would obviously come at a cost when buying the system, but it would lead to every game being able to be played at home and on the go. However, a Gamepad in its current form would be difficult to fit in your pocket, so it would be interesting to see how something like that would be designed.

    There would obviously be some downsides to this, but the upsides would be very good indeed. Nintendo wouldn’t have to focus on two different types of hardware, it would seem like there would be more games coming as there wouldn’t be some for the home console, then some for the handheld. Multipad designed games would be something that would become more regular. The hardware wouldn’t be as taxed as there would be more processing power with hardware in the controllers.

    It’s something I would like to see, even if it Nintendo does what they have always done and release a home console and a portable, but if the systems are on the same high spec parity, we could see some excellent games utilising the 2nd screen in our hands, but not just one players hands, everyone in the rooms hands.

    But the best thing about all of this guessing what is coming is next is that in all probability, none of us will be right, and Nintendo will surprise us all again with some new type of gameplay idea. But for now I’m quite happy with what the Wii U brings to the table. I just want to see more games that utilise everything that the console can do. I hope that there are developers out there who can bring some big ideas to the console. It needs them badly.

  5. I would like to see High Voltage Software coming up with even greater GFX than we have seen so far on the Wii U, as they did on the Wii with games such as Grinder and Conduit.

    And I am always happy with Nintendo and their schemes to hold a firm grasp of the gaming experience, they are always a step infront of the others, invention-wise. The wiimote gave us that Move thingy from Sony, and perhaps even the motion camera from Microsoft.

    Nintendo is the only hardware developer to push for greater and inventive gameplay experience, the other 2 are just either scared or lazy. Almost a Apple/Google(Android) situation all over again.

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