Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto Plans New Franchise for Wii U

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamaoto Plans New Franchise for Wii U (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong: Those three titles may still garner some pretty big excitement in the gaming community. However, new releases in the much beloved series may not be enough to save Nintendo’s struggling Wii U console.

But there may be some hope. According to a report from Kotaku on Wednesday, famed Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto has a new game new up his sleeve, something he discussed in the latest issue of Famitsu.

In a translation provided by Kotaku, Miyamoto told Famitsu this: “With the recent version upgrade [of the Wii U], we’ve worked on the system side of things and we’re planning on further system tweaks ahead, but even as is, [the Wii U] has become a useful item for the living room. However, it’s pointless to talk about other features, no matter how fulfilling, without releasing games of our own, so we hope you’ll look forward to the games to come. Next Spring, with the release of Mario Kart 8, we’ll have a general selection available, so I’ve been thinking it would be a good time to bring out a new franchise.”

Although he was rather vague and didn’t elaborate, a new series could possibly provide the Wii U with a much needed spark. Third party publishers have been plenty worried about the Wii U’s performance in the wake of disappointing earnings.

During a period between March and April, the Wii U sold just 67 thousand units, a report from research firm NPD noted earlier this year, according to IGN.