Toichi Wada, Square Enix President and CEO while speaking to the Financial Times says that he expects Nintendo to release their next console in 2011 to counteract their competition’s foot into the motion control craze. “Present game machines already have a lot of functions: They are a network terminal, a Blu-ray or DVD player, and a gaming machine,” adding “Compared to these three pillars, the [new motion] controllers are quite limited, so the impact may be small. They are an extension of the gaming function”. Wada is predicting a new controller and feature set to thwart Xbox 360’s Natal and PlayStation 3’s motion eye.
Although this is not an official announcement, many other developers and analysts are expecting Nintendo to release a new console around that time frame. Furthermore, Square Enix as one of the powerhouse games developer has major sway in influence with the 3 major game companies as seen in the past with launch of the xbox360 and the recent ps3 slim.