According to an interview published in the latest Famitsu, Shigeru Miyamoto has moved on from Pikmin 3 and is already hard at work on another project. What sort of project? Why, a new franchise of course. Miyamoto says the currently announced plan for Wii U releases will rap up next spring with Mario Kart 8, so it might be time for a brand new franchise. I didn't think Nintendo had it in them anymore!
Translation provided by Polygon, here's the full quote from Miyamoto concerning his plans:
"We'll have Mario Kart 8 out next spring, and at that point we'll have the whole lineup in place, so I think it's about time we brought out a new franchise. I can't give out details, but that's the title that's been keeping me pretty busy lately."
As creator of Mario and Zelda, Miyamoto certainly deserves the trust of the world with whatever sort of project he might have in mind. That said, Nintendo hasn't exactly been known for its creativity and originality for some time now. Do they have it in them to create that next big legendary Nintendo franchise anymore? Who cares about the Wii U, 2014 might be our best look at the future of Nintendo as a company -- just watch this new franchise.
Hopefully we'll hear more information on Miyamoto's new project towards the end of the year, though it's unlikely that the project will be anywhere near release for some time now.