Big N’s new hardware is slated to hit homes later this year. Many questions remain, like can we expect a slew of solid games out of the gate? I’ll let Mr. Iwata handle this one.
In the recent 72nd Financial Results Investor Briefing, Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata sat down with investors to discuss 3DS and how it’s rocky start will prove conducive to a smoother release for Wii U. In particular, the launch lineup.
“So, how will we be able to use this lesson for the Wii U?” The Nintendo President began. “There is always a limit to our internal resources. The company now has to develop software for the Nintendo 3DS, has to prepare for the Wii U launch and has to finalize the hardware functionalities,” Iwata continues. “With these circumstances in mind, if I said that an overwhelmingly rich software lineup would be prepared from day one, it would be too much of a promise to make.”
A somewhat disappointing reality to read, but an honest one none the less. However, that’s not to say that Big N is coming empty handed:
“On the other hand, we are making efforts so that we will be able to make several proposals even from the launch period that can eventually become evergreen titles for the Wii U. We have learned the lesson that we have to make that kind of preparation for the Wii U, or the Wii U will not gain enough momentum to expand its sales. We would like to share additional information at the E3 show in June this year.”
We know Pikmin and Mario will be in attendance, but it’s highly doubtful that these games will launch alongside the console. Smash Bros is announced, but has barely begun development. With that said, one has to wonder what “evergreen” titles Iwata is referring to. Obviously they will be unique to the controller, taking full advantage of its attributes and the good news is we only have 6 weeks to wait for these details.
Console launch lineups aren’t known for their abundance in quality software, but at least Satoru Iwata isn’t bolstering hype with promises the company can’t keep. E3 2012 shall reveal all. Until then, how does the Nintendo President’s comments suit you? Good? Bad? At least he was honest? Sound off.
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