A scant two and a half years into the Wii U's admittedly worrisome sales life, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is starting to leak ideas about Nintendo's "next hardware", codenamed NX.
Come on fellas, even the Dolphin is more creative than that.
As far as the actual hardware though (which was asked about at a shareholders' meeting), Iwata-san made a point of saying that Nintendo was "not at a dead end of any kind in which we are out of ideas", and made a point of saying "we first make sure that those who have already purchased out platforms are satisfied."
As a Wii U owner, I personally would have a hard time calling myself a satisfied consumer, but hey, I'll not split hairs here.
He did confirm that they already have "a clear idea to some extent about the direction our next hardware is going to take."
Statements about creating "a system that can absorb the Wii U architecture adequately" were also put forth, suggesting that whatever new console they cook up will function much the same, including (I'm assuming) an integrated Virtual Console.
Personally, I do find these announcements a bit worrisome. While there are definitely solid first-party games on the Wii U, it's also notorious for alienating third-party developers due to their hardware choices (gamepad, gamepad, gamepad). If they chose to accelerate their hardware while going back to a more classic system concept, they might finally be able to get back on track to Wii-like sales numbers from yore. Of course, any announcements are likely a couple of years off at the least, so until then we'll have to be happy with what we have.