It appears Nintendo is gearing up for development of what could very well be Wii U's successor, as a job listing for a Senior Software Engineer indicates that the Big N is working on a next-gen console.
The listing's summary of requirements (via NeoGAF) note that the company is looking for someone who has "good architectural insights and the ability to apply that for setting future graphics direction for Nintendo." Here's the full list of what the Big N is looking for:
- The ideal candidate will have had experience working directly in a GPU architecture and design team with significant responsibilities.
- Low power and SoC design experience would be a plus.
- The candidate is expected to have good architectural insights and the ability to apply that for setting future graphics direction for Nintendo.
- A bachelors degree (graduate degree preferred) in computer science/engineering or electrical engineering.
- 5+ years of lead or architectural role experience are required.
Development on new hardware begins years in advance, so this isn't something that should surprise gamers all that much. That said, Nintendo's tablet-centric console has been struggling to really take off, so we may see a successor sooner rather than later.
What would you like to see from Nintendo's Wii U successor? A hardcore gaming machine on par with the competition? A handheld/console hybrid device?