Last week, Nintendo announced it was working on a new "dedicated" platform by the name of Nintendo NX. Details on the this new system are virtually non-existent at present - and we're unlikely to know more until next year - but Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has stated that it won't be a simple spec-bump over the Wii U.
Speaking to Nikkei, he lamented the current trend of simply boosting a new console's power and expressed the desire to "surprise" players:
However, if you only expand upon existing hardware, it's dull. In some shape or form, we're always thinking about how we want to surprise players as well as our desire to change each person's video gaming life.
The last time Nintendo achieved that aim was arguably with the Wii, which introduced the world to motion-based controls. Prior to that, there was the DS, one of the first gaming systems to use a touch-screen for input. Nintendo's latest console - the Wii U - has been something of a commercial failure, despite offering a unique dual-screen interface which allows for innovative, asymmetrical gameplay.
What do you think Nintendo has its up sleeve with the NX? Until more is revealed, we can all guess away as much as we like - feel free to do so in the comments section below.