Speculation: Nintendo’s next system an “evolution,” but not a “revolution”

It’s been almost 4 years since the Wii’s release. The system has definitely lived up to it’s codename, Revolution, and will continue to do so with loads of upcoming titles. The Wii was built on innovation, like many of Nintendo’s consoles before it. The NES brought us arcade quality graphics to our living rooms with a unique, D-Pad controller. The N64 brought us 3D graphics, and the control stick which again reinvented the way we play.

But what about the Super Nintendo and GameCube? They were certainly a step up from their predecessors, but not really a step forward. The graphics were a great improvement, but there wasn’t much to make you think, “Wow, this is unlike anything I’ve seen before.” Nintendo’s past systems have followed a pattern that alternates between a revolution and an evolution. Perhaps we can expect the next system to be an evolution.

Is this a bad thing? No, not at all. In fact, the SNES and GameCube were my favorite systems. Nintendo is known for their surprises, so none of this is a certainty. What do you expect from Nintendo’s next system?