In a recent interview with the popular magazine TIME, newly-elected President of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima, talked about various things he intends to do as the new leader of the company.
One very important point that he brought up was related to the Wii U. He highlighted the fact that the system hasn’t sold nearly as well as its predecessor, but nevertheless, Nintendo intends to keep the system’s current owners happy by releasing new titles.
Here is his full comment:
“As you know within the game business momentum is key,” says Kimishima when I ask how long the Wii U will remain a core Nintendo platform. “When you have momentum, whether it’s a platform or software, sales increase. At this point in the Wii U lifespan, we’re looking at 10 million sell-through for the hardware itself, which is just about a tenth of what we sold overall for Wii.”
“What I want to do, I think our first job right now is to make sure that the customers, those 10 million customers who have a Wii U at home have software to play. And we need to make sure that they are satisfied with their purchase and continue to enjoy playing on this platform. So we can’t just abandon them and say ‘Hey, it’s time to move on to the next thing.’ Of course we are working on NX and looking at the experiences we can bring to that platform. But first our job at this point is to support the consumers who have purchase Wii U and make sure that they have software experiences available to them.”
This is very good news to hear from the President himself. Many have speculated that Nintendo’s next system, the NX, will phase out the Wii U as quickly as next year, but going my Mr. Kimishima’s comments, it looks like the Wii U will continue to be Nintendo’s front-runner for at least a little while.