In 2006, Nintendo launched the Wii. The system was an instant success and sold more than any other console in the 7th generation of video games. In 2012, Nintendo launched the Wii U, an entirely new system with a 6-inch touchscreen built into the main controller. It's Nintendo's first 8th generation system and is compatible with all Wii accessories and most Wii games. Even though it's only 2013, should Nintendo's 9th generation system have Wii and Wii U capabilities? Yes, but only to an extent.
The Wii U has had a tough launch because many individuals see it as an add-on to the original Wii instead of a new console. On another note, individuals have grown out of the Wii and have moved onto mobile gaming. Nintendo is trying to counter this with the Wii U and so far, they've been moderately successful. The Wii U will be a success, but nowhere close to the original Wii.
So when 2019 comes, the 9th generation of gaming will be extremely close. In my opinion, Nintendo should create a console that uses Wii U style GamePads, but much more advanced. Original Wii support will be dropped and you'll need a Wii U to play any old Wii games. With their 9th generation system, each GamePad can be used as a separate portable device. If you buy a game for the console, the GamePad's internal memory will connect to Nintendo and confirm that you bought the game. The game will be downloaded to your GamePad and you can play games anywhere. If wireless internet is in range, you can play with your friends at home or on the go. Nintendo could end up offering unlimited 4G or 5G gaming at a very low price as well.
So from Nintendo's 9th generation console, here's what I'd love to see:
- Wii U support, No Wii support
- No "Wii" in the system's name
- Comes with 2 GamePads which can be used as portable devices
- GamePads will be similar to the Wii U GamePad, but much more efficient
- Online gaming anywhere for free that has WiFi.
- Optional 4G/5G support for GamePads
- Ability for GamePads to be used as an entirely separate console
- GamePads will have the option to connect to any 9th generation or Wii U console
What I've explained above is something that will most likely happen, but first, Nintendo must merge handheld and console teams for this new offering. This happened in January and they are probably close at work on their 9th generation system. Will the system be exactly the way I described it? Nothing is confirmed by Nintendo yet, but it's expected that Nintendo will quit cutting down on power and possibly release a system with some incredible hardware.