Shigeru Miyamoto has said that the Wii U is a result of former Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi's vision.
According to Miyamoto, everything changed for Nintendo when Yamauchi came up with the concept for the dual-screen DS. From then on, have Nintendo made sure that new consoles are always unique.
Speaking with Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun, Miyamoto said: "When we developed the DS, we started from the question: 'If we make a high spec Game Boy Advance, is it something people will want? If you make the same sort of thing, there's no uniqueness to it. When there's nothing unique, all you get as a result is a price war.
"Mr. Yamauchi had no direct input in the development of the Wii U, but indirectly, you could say his idea from the DS is connected."
Current Nintendo President Satoru Iwata added: "Even before the DS was born, we often heard Mr Yamauchi say 'Don't do the same as what's been done before' over and over."
It's a philosophy Nintendo has followed from DS to Wii, 3DS and now Wii U.
[ Source: Kotaku ]