First off it would be suicide for Nintendo to release a new console before 2018....
If they release it to soon they will:
- Alienate the WiiU supporters they have now
- When the next round of consoles from Sony and MS come out Nintendo will be in the same boat they are now with the WiiU.
- Consoles NEED to be released within months of each other not years.
These risks are what will prevent Nintendo from releasing to soon. Besides the WiiU is doing fine enough, the only people that seem to be having an issue with it are people that are to hung up on how a game looks rather then the fun behind it. If you are buying a WiiU for 3rd party games then I am sorry, that's your fault for not looking into things further. Nintendo has always been about first party games first. I buy Nintendo for the 1st party games... I have a PC/PS4 for multiplats and other exclusives.
Nintendo is in no rush to push out a new console anyway, they made enough money on the WiiU to "sit a gen out" as some people seem to think.
Nintendo hasn't made money on the Wii U at all. They're currently loosing money at a quite rapid pace.
Maybe for now, but the system is not all that old and they made enough money off the Wii that they could take it up the pooper for a gen.... They would loose more by releasing a console before 2018 then EVER hoping to gain. It will not happen.
what ur saying doesnt really make sense, why does Nintendo NEED to give Wii U a 6 year life? SNES/N64/GC all had 5 years. GBA only had 3.5 years and the successor went on to be the best selling handheld of all time. Xbox had 4 years and its successor went on to sell nearly 4x as much and gained a ton of marketshare.
Nintendo can easily get away with releasing a successor after only 4-5 years as long as Nintendo themselves releases a solid amount of there own ip.