Nintendo of America’s new CEO, Satoru Iawata, commented on several Wii U related topics in a recent Q&A session with investors. He spoke about the lack of third party developers and addressed the notion that the Wii U is under-powered.
Iwata said that Nintendo is looking to expand the range of software developers on the Wii U. Recently, the company started offering free Wii U dev kits to third party developers in order to get them on board the Wii U.
He also added that the Wii U now supports the Unity Engine, which “has hundreds of thousands of developers around the world”, according to Iwata. Nintendo plans on luring some of those developers to the Wii U platform.
When it came to the console specific issues, Iwata acknowledged that many gamers and developers believe that the console is under-powered.
But he doesn’t agree with that notion, saying that the “Wii U being under-powered” is a misconception. He added that Nintendo is working to “remedy these misunderstandings”.
Finally, Iwata admitted that it’s hard for Nintendo to convince third party developers to get on board the Wii U in its current state. Nintendo is working on “re-vitalizing” the Wii U this Summer and Fall. Earlier this month, Shigeru Miyamoto said that the main objective for Nintendo and the Wii U a this point was to make it more stable.
He didn’t specify what this “re-vitalizing” entails, but we hope it’s a combination of system updates, big game releases, and some Wii U promotion from Nintendo. Hopefully, it’ll start at E3 in June, which we’ve put down as the most important E3 for Nintendo ever.
Be sure to also check out our top 10 Wii U games to look forward to at E3 2013.