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Nintendo Speaks On Next-Generation Plans

David Smith

In an unusual move, Nintendo spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa publically dispelled the notion that Nintendo has pushed off its next-generation console development, Reuters news service reports this evening. While Minagawa confirmed the Nihon Keizai Shimbun's report of new GameCube peripherals in development, he denied that such a move has resulted in a corresponding delay in the development of the GameCube's successor.

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun story stated that Nintendo's next console was planned for release in "two or three years," widely interpreted as confirmation that it would come some time later than Microsoft's next Xbox, which is reportedly in the works for a fall 2005 release.

At E3 2003, Nintendo publicly stated that it would be the first to market with a next-generation home console. Today, Minagawa said that if Nintendo will not necessarily debut the first entry of the next console race, it will at least join its competitors at the starting gate.

"Other companies aren't expected to come out with next-generation consoles until late 2005 or 2006, and Nintendo will be launching its next-generation unit around the same time," he said.

We thus draw a curtain on the most confusing day of Nintendo news in some time, and look forward to fewer such days in the near future.

Copyright © 2004 Ziff Davis Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Originally appearing in ExtremeTech.





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