Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata has been scrutinized for poor leadership and bad business skills but at E3 he sat down with Guardian News to set things straight. Speaking through an interpreter he touched on visitors reactions to the various soon to be released first party titles.
\”I\’m very happy about the reactions from the visitors: they looked very happy about being able to play those games. And especially because Nintendo could not supply the market with strong software titles, one after the other, in the first half of 2013 and as a result, since we launched the Wii U, we haven\’t been able to provide any strong titles,\” said Iwata.
Iwata was quick to admit that people connected much more easily and at a faster pace with the Wii because it was packed with Wii Sports which was a fun, interactive, and easy to play collection of games that showcased exactly what the Wii could do. However, for the Wii U, that ball has been dropped and the Big N has missed that three point shot.
He spoke in regard to the hotly anticipated first party games that are coming before the end of the year plus some third party which are set in stone. Some of those titles are: Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Assasin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and more. Iwata feels pretty confident that Nintendo has enough ammo from Summer until the end of year that they can gain enough momentum to turn the ship around and keep the Wii U from sinking. \”Software sells hardware,\” Iwata said.
When asked about third-party abandonment with the Wii U he said that most of it has about the small amount of consoles that have been going out the retailer’s doors. Even Ubisoft made it clear that if sales of the Wii U rise then they will be back in business and discuss future projects again for the Wii U. The fact that some heavy hitting third-party games are set in stone may be a temporary band-aid for the major bruise the Wii U has given Nintendo and may help carry them through Christmas but after that its anyone’s game.
\”So, once again, we really need to make an effort to create the conditions and the circumstances in which the third-party publishers feel like supporting the Wii U, so that they can volunteer to announce which software will be launched at that time.\”
He wanted to assure the Zelda fans that there is a team currently working on a brand new Wii U Zelda game and that more will be revealed in the not-too-distant future. In conclusion to the discussion on the Wii U he stressed how important it is to get the point across to people that the Wii U is a totally different machine and that they need to reach a point where they can make game after game for it once people understand what makes it different and a unique experience.
He talked briefly about the 3DS and how its set to sell over 18m units this year. Iwata said that over 5.5M 3DS units sold in Japan and that 2012 was a great year for smart device sales. Iwata ended the interview by saying that if Nintendo can reproduce the massive sales number of the 3DS and reproduce that in North America and Europe then things will all work out.
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