Lack of Wii Games From Nintendo Caused By Wii U Development

Nintendo concentrated all their efforts on Wii U at the expense of releasing new Wii games.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed in a financial briefing that Nintendo was working so hard on making their upcoming console, the Wii U, that they couldn’t get out their first-party games for the Wii in a timely fashion.

“Strong momentum is very important for game platform businesses and a strong software line-up to vitalise a platform is necessary to maintain this momentum,” he wrote. “In the first half of this year, however, we could not make the continuing sales of the first-party software released last year as we had planned, nor, in the course of preparation of [the Wii U], could we release new key titles for [the Wii] in a timely fashion due to completion delays until the latter half of this year.”

Nintendo unveiled the Wii U at E3 this June, and it looks like we’ll get even more details at next year’s E3, as Iwata-san announced that the final format for Wii U will be there in full force. He also mentions that the system will launch sometime in the next fiscal year (which, for Nintendo, is from April 2012 to March 2013.

That’s great and all, but one has to wonder if the Wii U will be plagued with the same problems that the 3DS had when it first launched (lack of games, high price point, etc.) Iwata says that they won’t make the same mistakes.

“As we learned a bitter lesson with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, we are trying to take every possible measure so that the Wii U will have a successful launch.” Iwata wrote.

So let’s hope they’ve learned from not only from the launch of the 3DS, but how they’re handling the Wii right now…

Give us games to play. Good games. No more shovelware, please.

Anyhoo, to refresh our memories about what happened at E3, here’s a video about the Wii U announcement:

E3 2011 – The Wii U Announcement and Controller Details

Source: Nintendo: Wii U delayed Wii game development, [Eurogamer]


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Do you think that Nintendo has learned from the launch of the 3DS? Do you think they’ll do a better job with the Wii U than they did with the 3DS (and the Wii, for that matter)? Let me know in the Comments Section!