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Iwata says a single title could save the Wii U

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Nintendo released their annual financial report last week and we’ve seen some major shifts in the company. Iwata is no longer predicting a massive amount of units to be sold for the 2014 fiscal year, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have faith in the Wii U as a product. Even though Iwata did finally admit that the Wii U has been a financial burden for the company so far, he told investors that the company will continue support for the game system as a single game could help turn the tide.

During an investor Q&A session, Iwata spoke briefly about how this has been true for a previous Nintendo system.

“Before the release of the Pokemon game, Game Boy had been showing slow growth, and many people wondered whether it was the end of Game Boy.”

What does this mean? It just means that the Wii U has to find its Pokemon game. Something that is so successful everyone will want it. Perhaps Nintendo’s attempt at a Skylander-like experience with their bevvy of characters will ultimately be what turns the tide in favor of the Wii U.

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  • Benjamin_nl

    i missssss my wiiuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • Coleman83

    That title is Miracle

  • Willie Crespo

    Erm… A single title, or a few of them, can give a system a massive boost, but not exactly “save” it…

    Then again, Gamecube was pretty much the Melee machine.

    • Keith

      A single game could possibly save the Wii U from being a financial failure. Is the MK8?? The new Zelda?? Or Smash Bros?? That I dunno. A single game willbnot help it surpass tye PS4’s growth speed by any means, but it very well may keep the system extremely competitive & a desired home console.

  • ActivesiN

    who would of thought…a game could help a console sell…what a concept
    now go make some damn games

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Yeah, agree. Iwata has to stop with this crap talk and get some games out there. If he believed in this he wouldnt release the Wii version of Smash later then the 3DS version. I call BS

      • Willie Crespo

        That’s called “development times”

        If the 3DS version is going to be finished first, might as well release it.

      • ActivesiN

        well to be fair the 3ds version is not hd and will be the lesser version of the two so get it out first and then the Wii U version will come out and be completely superior and probably draw some 3ds users over the Wii U

      • Shaise

        Plus. He’s implying people go for the console for ONE good game? NO! We want a bunch of good titles. They did it with the N64. Do it again.

        • Fred

          the majority of those N64 games you are referring to are Rareware games. They need to buy a few more development studios so that they can pump out more games more frequently

      • M.C. Pauly GooGoo

        my theory on that is that they figured that if they released both Smash Bros. titles simultaneously, a vast majority of wii-u owners (myself included) would’ve just picked up the wii-u edition and skipped the 3DS. now that the 3DS edition is coming out 3-4 months prior, i’m going to most likely buy it on impulse because i won’t be able to wait to play it!! It’s a rock-solid plan in that respect.

        • JB

          That could be true. Though I’m in the camp that the 3DS version was easier to develop for, since they are familiar with the hardware. They also wanted to put some extra polish on the U version on top of Nintendo needing a big winter title.

          More people own a 3DS than they do the Wii U, so there would be some cannibalization there, not to mention we have Mario Kart as the big summer game, so there’s that…

          If they decided to release simultaneously, they could have very well just offered a bundle discount on both game to entice folks to buy on both platforms…. that would’ve been awesome!

          • M.C. Pauly GooGoo

            oh jeez….i would love it if they did a discount/bundle kind of thing. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for that.

          • Fred

            WHen I buy Mario Kart 8 I’m going to tell them that the reason I decided to buy it was they will be giving me Pikmin 3 for free (this is actually true as I haven’t thought Pikmin 3 is worth $60 so I never bought it and Mario Kart isn’t quite my cup of tea so I wasn’t planning on buying it, but since I can get both for the price of 1 I’m jumping in!)

  • koopapoopas

    I love my wii U. Too bad that it was not marketed properly.

    I just didn’t know how cool it was until I actually tried it out at a store.

    I remember not being able to find any demos during xmas at best buy, etc, but there were demos for sony and ms.

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    I think it will take more than that. Game titles help but so does proper marketing and working with developers to get other games besides Nintendo’s games on the system. Mario Kart 8 will help and so will Smash Bros and the other titles we know about this year. A good E3 presence and information for the gamers would also help.

    • matthew garcia

      Iwata saying this is the reason he should be fired

  • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

    Obviously Metroid by Retro Studios.

    //Because I would buy billions of it ;_;

  • Wren Justin Umlauf

    If done right, Zelda will be that game. Although, even though I’m not a big Pokemon fan, what would also turn things around is a full 3D Pokemon game being on Wii U instead of the handhelds. People eat up Pokemon games like crazy. But no spin offs or anything like that. I think if Nintendo put out a good Zelda and a Metroid, that would be a really good start, so hopefully we will see more than just Zelda soon.

    • DeStarfighter

      if they are worried about a “real” pokemon game working better on a handheld they can just make it so the wii u pokemon game share the pokemon bank with the current handheld gen and you can bring your pokemon on the go as well or something. would be a great bridge between 3ds and wii u.

  • Ian Woodall

    There is one HUGE difference between game boy and pokemon and the Wii U. When pokemon came out millions of people already had access to the Gameboy to test Pokémon on and spread the word, not so many people with the Wii U which makes it a lot harder to spread the word of how great it is and how great games are. Don’t get me wrong I love my Wii U and its got at least a dozen great titles that make it the winner of the new generation already for ME!
    The fact that most of the games on xbox one and PS4 are being released on the last generation aswell really bothers me and in my opinion makes the WII U the only real Next Gen console on the market for now. Don’t get me wrong all of that will change and the One and Ps4 will have great titles in the future but for now at least there in second place on my shelf.

  • matt

    Try pokken fighters wiiu at E3 that will get the wiiu’s flying off the shelf if it looks anything like this it will sell bucket loads…

    http://www.futuregamingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Pokemon-Wii-U.jpg

    • flclfool

      I wish I could be happy =_= unfortunately all the non handheld pokemon games since stadium have been legend tier shitty. I can’t wait to see them break that tradition.

      • matt

        Yes but this looks like a Tekken/pokemon cross fighting game…

        • flclfool

          :d this is just my opinion on that but >.< eww!

    • Rinslowe

      If it ends up looking anything like that, I’ll buy bucket loads.
      :)

    • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

      Please understand we are currently making Pokemon Uranus, coming direct to you in 2015.

  • BIG Franky

    delusional…..

  • FutureFox

    You know what else the Wii U needs to turn the tides? A decent marketing campaign.

  • palomino blue

    They need to find a way to tap into the 3DS user base. That alone could turn the console around.

  • Ghasfarost

    wait… i have an idea… why not a REAL Pokemon game only for WiiU?! Why not even Pokemon at WiiU Virtual Console?! arggg

  • gerb1977

    No 1 game will “save” the Wii U…..but every quality game that is released will add to the user base. I’d say Mario Kart 8 will be the first to really push hardware sales…..it’s up to Nintendo to keep a steady release schedule after that. I do believe Wii U sales will be over 10 million units after X-mas this year. I think Nintendo sand bagged their numbers a little.

    • palomino blue

      They were probably tired of falling so short. It would be hard for them not to exceed the current projection.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Not a chance. 8M at best. Mark my words.

      • Rinslowe

        3/10

        ;P

        • Mayoo

          Half-life 3 confirmed

          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

            We can confirm that Half Life 2: Episode U will be releasing on Wii U as an exclusive in 2023.

            Thank you for supporting Nintendo.

          • Shota

            2023? then nintendo will already have a new console

          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

            Please understand, Nintendo will not make a new console until Wii U passes 100 million units sold, and are calculations tell us that it will in 2023.

          • Shota

            fuck you :)

          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

            Please understand “Wii Fuck U” has already been released :)

          • matthew garcia

            Ha lol

          • Rinslowe

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            I feel like you’ve been 13-1-11-9-14-7 21-16 19-20-15-18-9-5-19!

          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

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          • Rinslowe

            Always.
            :)

          • DC777

            6 months after it comes out on 360 and ps3. But please understand, the gamepad has a map…which makes up for it looking like shit.

      • Fred

        If X comes this year that’ll sell me. Maybe it’ll sell a few more people too.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          It will in Japan, but in other regions, probably not as much as Nintendo will hope.

          • Fred

            Xenoblade came AFTER the Wii was dead and they still couldn’t keep it in stock I paid $80 for my copy.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            They couldn’t keep it in stock, because it was limited in supply. Not really due to huge popularity. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I won’t be surprised when it doesn’t sell like hotcakes when it releases.

          • Fred

            Yes the limited stock and the fact that it was gamestop exclusive certainly is part of it. However that also kept people from knowing about the game. Xenoblade actually sold better here (with limited supply and only 1 store) than it did in Japan or Europe. I’m hoping that X will be more widespread and will really sell well (mostly because I love these kind of games and I want to encourage Nintendo to keep making games like this and I know buy sales help encourage this).

            Yes I know I upvoted my own comment. Is that a problem?

      • gerb1977

        Words marked……we shall see who is the real psychic. But as I can see into the future……I already know that I will win. Also it will rain today and Nintendo will reveal Zelda Wii U at E3….that is all

      • Thedude3445

        8 Million consoles?

        …I’m not sure you get how video game sales work. The Gamecube was in just as bad a position and it still pulled off 20 million. The only reason the Gamecube has more sales at this same point than the Wii U is because the Gamecube had several mega-hit games in 2001 and 2002.

        I mean even their launch games were fantastic: SSBM, Luigi’s Mansion, SSX Tricky, Super Monkey Ball, Pikmin, Rogue Leader, Crazy Taxi, Wave Race. Then there was a huge drought, just like the Wii U, but the difference is that in Fall 2002, it got Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime, and Star Fox Adventures all back to back.
        The Wii U’s launch lineup was mostly just ports from 360 and PS3 games, and New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU and Nintendo Land were just not up to the same caliber as the original Pikmin or Melee. What did the Wii U have by the end of its first year? Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, and Mario 3D World. They’re all really good games, but they are not the same kind of system sellers that the Gamecube had.
        Obviously, even with all the games the Gamecube had, it still lagged far behind the PS2 and ended up in last place for the 6th gen, so it itself proves that games alone aren’t going to sell a system. It at least shows though that the Wii U would be selling much better if they simply released more big games.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          I meant 8M after this financial year ends. Not a total. My guess is that it will sell between 15M, maybe 18M in its lifetime.

          • gerb1977

            I’m a little more optimistic. I look at between 22-25M. I really thought they would get to around 40M to begin with but something would have to drastically change to reach close to that.

            It is possible for Kart to push 1M units in June though…..especially if Nintendo can use it and E3 to gain some momentum…….if they struggle with both then 15M might be right.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I dont think 1M units is possible now. Its here in two weeks, and still not one commercial. How will people know about it? By the word? Unlikely as noone owns a Wii U.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            My guess is around 18-20M. I feel that Wii U’s image has already been tarnished to the non-Nintendo gamers, most anyways.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            You are too optimistic Daniel-san. But you have always been nice and generous towards Nintendo and giving them little too much credit than they deserve. I think 20M is a very optimistic number. The only title that have a slight chance to bring up sales are MK8, but after that theres nothing. Smash killed itself with the 3DS version. And Zelda is a great thing for fans, but the series sold really bad the last time on Wii. Metroid will not come earlier than 2016, and thats probably at the same time as Zelda AND at the same time when Nintendo announce the Wii U is dead. They wont keep this console for a full generation. So 15M is more realistic.

          • lonewolf

            80m in its life time.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        8M is possible. Over 10 I doubt.

    • Keith

      Agreed. It’ll show their success rate next March as a “thriving” company. Smart move if you ask my.

      • JB

        “Smart move if you ask my…” ask my what? Don’t leave us hanging, dude!!! haha

    • incoherent1

      I disagree. One game (Wii Sports) “made” the Wii. If they can get one blockbuster game like that, they could sell 10’s of millions of Wii Us.

      Whether it’s plausible or likely at this point is another story. :)

      • Rinslowe

        The same thing was said about the 3DS. But really, that isn’t what Iwata said in the first place. He’s referring to the same thing as @gerb1977. One game to turn the platform around a start a real upward trend. It was never in the context of relying on one title only as saviour.

        • Shota

          the guy from gamasutra did not read the other paragraphs.

      • TheMultiYoshi

        I wouldn’t say that Wii Sports “made” the Wii. It shifted a lot of units at the start, but then Nintendo came out with Mario Strikers and Galaxy and Kart and Brawl and Paper Mario and Zeldas and lots of other games to keep the momentum going. If the Wii had a really bad game library with just Wii Sports as that one good game, I really doubt that it would have sold that well in the end. Same for the Wii U. Mario Kart 8 might be the game that makes loads of people get a Wii U, but it’s not a system seller, nothing is. Ninty just has to keep making good games for the rest of the Wii U’s life, and people won’t buy it because of one game, they’ll buy it because it has great GAMES. (plural)

        • thedeciderU

          not sure if i understood your comment how you intended it, but did you say there are no system seller games (anymore)?

          if so, then talk to xbox people about halo, or ps3 people about uncharted and the last of us. hell, i bought a ps3 for the last of us and some other exclusives a year ago. i think i lot of people did. when street fighter II special champion edition came to sega genesis, that alone made me beg for it for christmas. super mario bros. and nes, etc.

          i think there are still system sellers, but i think for game developers/publishers it’s a harder sell than it once was (since there are now many more affordable/free gaming options than there once were).

          • TheMultiYoshi

            I meant that there’s no ONE system seller game. Sure some people might have bought an Xbox for Halo alone, but if the only Xbox game was Halo, it would definitely fail miserably. There aren’t any system sellers, it’s the whole game library that makes a console worth buying, not one game. One game can be the one that makes you decide, but it’s not the same for everyone and generally, it’s because of all the games the console offers.

    • Rinslowe

      If I had a dollar for every time I’ve said that very same thing. I’d have about…
      6 or so dollars.

      But so true. It’s all about consistency now and momentum. Top tier games followed by supporting titles or secondary sellers.

      Many fans have said the same words, so I guess it stands to reason that Nintendo being allergic to logic, will carry on with more of the same.

      I’d love to be wrong.

    • DC777

      Idk they have to get old Wii OUT of retail stores to kill the confusion.

      • Fred

        They sell the old system along side the new one EVERY generation this is not that different.

        • Daniel Carvalho

          But no other generation created such a confusion between customers and retailers alike. The only generation where names were maintained was on the transition between the FAMICOM/NES to Super FAMICOM/SNES, and even so the difference was outstanding and clear enough for the consumers to understand it was a new console, not a peripheral. With Wii U’s case, not only people believed it was a peripheral from the start because Nintendo failed to advertise the console (they only showcased the control at first), they never understood what caused the confusion in the first place, and kept acting as if the problem was something else.

          One stupid move Nintendo of America made was releasing the Wii Mini in USA AFTER the Wii U had been launched – they had just released a new console that had been suffering from confusion regarding naming, and even so they decided to launch a new version of their previous console. Now, between Wii U (US$300) and Wii Mini (US$99), which version do you think consumers will buy?Just remember that for them, Wii U isn’t a new console, but a peripheral for the Wii, one that costs 3 times more than the console itself!

          • ETMew2348

            were just getting dumber xD

          • DC777

            Exactly. Most people are not that smart. They see the Wii U logo and it looks like it says Wii with some symbol after it. Since most never heard of it in the first place, having old Wii and it’s games sitting right next to Wii # and it’s games it is pretty likely they will figure it’s nothing new.

            Wii was abandoned, dead and discontinued a long time ago. Get it out of the stores and out of the way of Wii U and end the confusion already.

          • Fred

            Aren’t we past that yet? It’s been a year and a half

          • Daniel Carvalho

            Unfortunately, not. And Nintendo seems they don’t realize that either.

          • Fred

            I thought we were cause I used to get questions like that all the time, but now I don’t anymore I just get asked if I think the Wii U was worth the cost.

          • lonewolf

            People these days are more stupid thats the only problem.

    • CharlesAnderson

      If Minecraft had been developed on and released at launch as a “Definitive Edition for Consoles”, they’d be rolling in it right now.

  • Tim van Broekhoven

    Wii U just needs a completely new IP. Back in the Gameboy days Pokemon entirely new and now the Wii U needs a new game that is going to be really popular

  • Satoru Iwata

    Please understand, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros U will be the saviors of Wii U. Why have one game as a savior, when we at Nintendo can have two. In Nintendo you shall trust.

    Upcoming saviors: Bayonetta 2 and X.

    Please be patient and you’ll be playing with power. Thank you for supporting Nintendo.

    • Yoshifan3

      if im playing with power, will the wii u have an update where it can rub my back and do the dishes for me?

    • M.C. Pauly GooGoo

      Wii need our very own brack friday bunduru

    • Rinslowe

      As usual. You are much wiser Satoru-san. Than the average mushroom.
      Please do not dillydally with our X now, thank you!
      :)

    • Mario

      Wise words from a impersonator of a wise man. :-)

    • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

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      • Rinslowe

        Wii Twerk U:
        lie down

        Mii Tingle U:
        U tinkle Mii

        VirtualBoy Remix:
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        Wii foreplay:
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        Kinect Force U:
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        Code cracked. Next.
        :P

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          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

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          • Rinslowe

            Travel to the who I what?
            Simple number code my man. Not related to your um…. Yeah…
            :P

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          • Rinslowe

            That wasn’t very nice. :(

            Although if Zelda was real, I probably would consider it. Maybe…

          • http://Nintendo.com/ Nintendo of America

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          • Rinslowe

            Yeah I saw that a few days ago.

          • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

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      • nintendope

        I may have laughed more than I should

      • Will the3rd

        You just killed me man! :DDDDD

    • Fred

      I know you’re joking, but I honestly can’t wait for X

    • WarioForever

      But Iwata san, the problem is that Smash Bros 4 is for 3DS too and it will be released 6 months before Smash Bros Wii U. Please understand so you can explain me, so I can understand you understanding.

    • Guest

      I’m looking forward to them.

    • Archiq09

      I dont know if The Conduit HD or Conduit 3 will help sale?

  • Peter Zachar

    That title could have been Skylanders. Nintendo was approached by Activision with the offer to be a partner in the Skylanders distribution, but Nintendo decided not to jump on the opportunity… Activision has made $2 billion in lifetime sales from the series!

    • Rinslowe

      NFC was built into the system before that pitch. I’m thinking conflict of interest. Welcome to the real meaning behind “generic action figure guy thing…”

      • Fred

        How’s that conflict of interest. They could have said portals for the 3DS and use the existing NFC chip for the Wii U. That makes it cheaper and therefore they can sell more by knocking $5 off the price.

    • lonewolf

      They did not liked the way activision wanted to sell these nfc figurines and their games so they refused the offer.

  • wiimenonowiiu

    Thats the thing you need more then just one great game to sell a system you need alot with 3rd party support

  • starwars360

    Mario Kart 8 will be first game save Wii U then Super Smash Bros. 4 and The Legend of Zelda title and other Wii U titles this year and throughout to Spring 2015. We have wait and see.

    COME ON 30TH MAY RIGHT NOW!!! I WANT DAMN PLAY MARIO KART 8!!!!! 8)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    • Fred

      X!!!

  • Gregg

    The WiiU already is great hardware, and has excellent games NOW, and coming. The 1 thing to save the WiiU, is US GAMERS. I have mine, and I love it

    • matthew garcia

      It has excellent games that are mostly aimed towards one crowd that’s why it’s sales are crap. Needs a bigger variety of games

      • Fred

        A bigger variety of games? They have Party games, 2D side scrollers, Strategy, Puzzle, Adventure, racing, RPG, what more do you want?

        • Doctors Tardis

          A shooter. With an all brown color palate, and a mountain dew tie-in.

          • Fred

            I don’t know anything about FPS games as I don’t enjoy them myself, but doesn’t it have 2 COD games and 2 Assasin’s Creed games as well as Zombie U and and Splinter Cell?

        • matthew garcia

          They only have like 1 game of each

          • Fred

            I’ll agree that it would be nice if there was more games, but you asked for variety and they have it.
            1 of each? Have you not seen the indies? If you don’t want to count those then
            Party- Wii Party U, Game and Wario, Rabbids Land, Mario and Sonic at the Olympics, Wii Fit U
            2D Side Scroller- Mario U, Luigi U, DKC:TF, Rayman
            Puzzle/Adventure/Strategy-Pikmin 3
            Adventure/Puzzle/RPG-Wind Waker, Dark Siders II
            Racing, Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (might as well add Mario Kart)
            3D Platformer-Mario 3D World, Sonic Lost World

            This is taking way too long as there are plenty more awesome games to categorize

      • Lilburrito

        Dunno, MH3U, Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, Zombie U and dare I say it? Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze are certainly aimed at “different audiences”. It’s arguable for Pikmin 3 due to it’s advertisement but I still see it as a game with a “niche” appeal. Even if they have “one” of each. They’re well polished and consistent in the experiences they offer ( I’m talking fun of course ). Sure there’s definitely a bit more focus on the 2D plat former side, but I wouldn’t disregard all the other games because of it.

        • Fred

          3D World, SOnic Lost World, Assasins Creed, Batman (yes 3D world is the only exclusive, but it has the others also)

  • Yoshifan3

    Iwata, please listen to this song! it would suit you well!

  • flclfool

    Unfortunately since they’re a business… they have to bullshit and talk a lot. Last I checked, Iwata himself doesn’t make the games.

    • darkcreap

      He actually supervises main Nintendo games. He entered the industry as a programmer, he programmed several titles for the NES and worked for HAL laboratory before being appointed as Nintendo CEO. He has a say in what Nintendo does with their games, believe it or not.

      • flclfool

        Point I’m making: Why are you asking him to “get to it!” as if he’s programming all the big titles by himself.
        Thank you for the lesson.

  • Shaise

    NO NO NO NO, IWATA!!!!!!! NO!!!! He actually believes that????????? Even more reason for another CEO. Nintendo is a good company, and it doesn’t deserve him. People don’t want ONE good title, they want LOADS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • YiyeUniverseMB

      Well, Halo 3 was the only reason most people bought the 360, most people who bought the Wii thought Wii Sports was synonymous with the console itself and after the release of OOT3D, the 3DS’s sales spiked. Also, with the original XBOX, nobody would have bought it if it wasn’t for Halo: Combat Evolved. Almost all consoles’ sales spiked due to one or two games.

      • LightofHonor

        I agree with you except for OOT3D. I don’t know anyone who got the 3DS for only that game.

    • LightofHonor

      He never said “We shall make one good game and then be done.” He said one game is all it will take to turn the tides.

    • Lilburrito

      *Sigh*. Are people’s past successes always so easily forgotten? Look… buddy. Iwata is a guy who knows the Japanese market quite well, the only problem is that he doesn’t understand the other ones as much. The solution? Just give Nintendo of America and Europe more freedom. The more freedom they have, the more they’d be able to properly market and get the Wii U out there, the more Reggie would be able to kiss up to other developers to have the, bring multiplatforms/exclusives to our consoles, the more they’d get to do things like the Mega 64 E3 video.

      • lonewolf

        Kiss up? no need to do that because if they want to make games they will make games for the wii u nobody is stopping them but they dont want to make games it simple as that.

        • Lilburrito

          I agree that nobody is stopping them, but nobody is certainly enticing them to do it either. If the 3 game deal with Sega or Bayonetta 2 was any indication, negotiations and talks work. Of course I don’t mean literal “dogeza” and beg. But something of the likes of communicating with other developers could go a long way in establishing a good relationship with that company and having them bring games to their console. That’s part of what made the PS4 such a hit. The fact that their was communication between Sony and the developers to see what they expect from the next generation and giving them just that.

          • lonewolf

            They tried that with EA and everybody knows hw that turned out.

          • Lilburrito

            Except EA sort of wanted to shove Origin down our throats, and I think it”s great Nintendo didn’t even try to keep up with their outrageous demand of having everything run through their network. If anything, it worked out in OUR FAVOR.
            And let’s say they do go ahead with the deal, trust me, you would’ve seen “almost” every EA title with the inclusion of some exclusives hitting the Wii U. The negotiations would’ve pretty much guaranteed them.

          • lonewolf

            Yeah I was referring to the the origin debacle and we all know how powerful ea is so I wont doubt if after several years there would be some leaked news that EA was the main vilian to nintendo during their wii u days trying to convince other developers not to make games for the wii u and spreading all kinds of rumors for the wii u and ninento entirely. (You can say its conspiricy theory but everuthing in this world is possible.

  • realist

    hahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

  • Shota

    but iwata we now live in a different generation. it won’t work that way anymore. we need several successful games on wii u. new ip or a old franchise like fzero

  • Cinnfaelidh

    Hopefully we won’t have just one killer game, but many.

    Also, I’ve said it before, but they should re-name the console. Not a complicated re-name mind you, but calling it the “Nintendo U” would be a really nice step.

    http://i.imgbox.com/GYDHlvbt.png

  • jjbredesen

    Well of course Iwata (facepalm) we all know that, how about making that game :P and stop talking!

  • Rinslowe

    This heading in comparison to the actual comment made, had me smiling.
    :)

  • Charlieblizz

    What I don’t like about the Pokemon comparison is its implied reliance on first party Nintendo titles. It’s entirely possible that a new first party title could pull people in droves to the system, or a new gimmick (leery of the whole life improvement stuff being this console’s powerglove) but I think we’ve largely seen what is likely to happen with sales eventually mirroring the Cube and N64 more than it will mirror the Wii.

    If we want to see a healthier Nintendo ecosystem, I still think we need to see more diversification of titles and better contributions from third party/indie developers. and at this point, I’m not even sure it would be for the benefit of the U but for for laying a foundation for better support for the next system.

    • Rinslowe

      Realistically. If Nintendo wants third parties back in the game on Wii U they need to either get the Wii U back in the game or pay for exclusives.
      Third party companies are not coming back now without a change of circumstances. And certainly not by a change of hardware – per se.
      Although this emerging market strategy had even the local guys stumped. Hopefully whatever it is they don’t take too long to announce it as interest is not in unlimited supply.

      • Charlieblizz

        I’m not sure why Nintendo hasn’t started paying for exclusives. They should be looking for opportunities similar to Bayonetta where there is a game that has an audience, but not necessarily the money to get going. That seems like a soft spot where Nintendo could step in, and start roping in quality titles.

        Agree entirely that a change in hardware isn’t going to do it, and neither will just being a popular device – as we saw with the Wii.

        • Rinslowe

          Well put. And it does seem like one of their only logical options.
          I suppose going by that logic, it’ll never happen.
          :)

        • Fred

          That would be great. Wouldn’t it be even better if they just bought out a few more development studios. If they did that it would be a permanent fix to game droughts instead of a temporary fix.

  • Adrian

    Yeah, how about Pokémon? I would sell my soul for a legitimate open world Pokémon console game.

  • mjnathans

    Pokemon Games Sale Like Crazy No Matter What. Nintendo should consider bringing this franchise to the Wii U. I don’t mean a Stadium game or Pokemon Snap (although these are fun). Pokemon deserves the Mario 64, Zelda OOT, treatment. X and Y have currently sold 12 Million Copies. I guarantee that loyal fans of pokemon would buy a Wii U console to play an open world 3D adventure Pokemon. It would have to be done right thou.

    • Shota

      you mean like a main game or colleseum and gale of darkness?

      • mjnathans

        Yeah similar, thou I’m not sure how well those sold or how hard nintendo promoted them. IMO those games didn’t capture an audience like the handhelds did.

      • mjnathans

        I also wouldn’t mind a full adventure without the stadium feel. More Like the Handheld

    • URFTBOUND4LIFE .

      Pokemon is primarily a handheld series. There is no guarantee that they will sell as many units for home consoles. Which is the main reason why we barely see any at all

  • Javy G

    Zelda U!

  • Andrew Gonzalez

    Yeah with the right push. Market your sh*t.

  • brian

    Probably true. But I don’t think Mario Kart is going to be that game. Probably Zelda, or a new Metroid. How about Earthbound for Wii U???

    • lonewolf

      Earthbound for the wii u? No that wont sell consoles.

  • Xavier Lopez Chabelo

    There it is, POKEMON RPG confirmed!!

  • Kuromad

    Nothing can save the Wii U. Too much negative publicity and third party developers have given up. Lets just enjoy what it has to offer (after 2014, the WiiU has more good games than the killer-amounts-selling-wii had) and hope Nintendo gets it together for the successor.

  • Nintenjoe82

    Unfortunately I don’t believe that Iwata would do the right thing with such a game. If they came up with a new success like Wii or DS, they would save it for the next console.

  • springer85

    LOL what a load of TOSH!!!!This guy is a disgrace and why Nintendo is failing!
    He bragged Super Mario 3D World would save the Wii U and then it did NOTHING when it was released and did NOT save the Wii U!!
    The fact that Iwata is again putting hope on that Mario Kart 8 will save the Wii U just proves the guy seriously has no clue!
    To save the Wii U….it needs at least $75 price drop, heaps of 3rd party for the next 2 years at least, Zelda,Metroid,F-Zero type game,Miyamoto new IP, Teaser of next Mario in development and other huge projects at E3 then just maybe Nintendo can turn it around for the Wii U.
    N o single game will ever save the Wii U.Iwata keeps forgetting that when Mario Kart Wii was released Wii install base was 55 million!!!He also forgets that when Super Mario Bros U was released Wii install base was 70 Million!!
    When Mario Kart 8 will be released Wii U install base will be at a mediocre 7 Million!!

    • Nintenjoe82

      I am not sure where you are getting your sales figures from. I doubt the Wii was at 55 million units in April 2008. It would have outsold the PS2 at that rate. The supply constraints for the first 2 years of the Wii’s life prevented it from selling more than 12M per year for the first couple of years.

      I am not sure why you don’t believe one game could save the Wii U. Wii Sports was more or less one game that saved Nintendo. It did enough to turn a last chance of a home console into an instant success. I am not saying Iwata has this game up his sleeve but one revolutionary idea that people wanted to play would be enough to sell any product.

      • springer85

        LMAO Mario Kart Wii sold 35 Million!!!!By your logic you trying to tell me that by 2008 the Wii had ONLY sold 24 Million?LMFAO!!
        Super Mario Bros U sold 39 Million!!!

        • LordYukYuk

          MK Wii took years to selling 30+ Million. You’re acting like it sold that much the day it came out. The Wii install base was around the 25million mark at March of 08. This is fact.

  • springer85

    The reason the Wii U failed is that Nintendo stupidly spent 4 years of their time making Skyword Sword for Wii a game that ONLY sold 5 million out of 100 million consoles sold when that time should have been spent creating it to launch with the Wii U and on getting the Wii U launch perfect like they did with the Wii launch!

    • MerryBlind .

      What they should have done is simply release a Wii U HD edition of Skyward Sword at Wii U’s launch. Just like TP was released for both the GC and Wii, SS should have been released for both Wii and Wii U.

      • oontz

        That would have been really smart.

        • MerryBlind .

          And so easy to do. I really don’t understand why Nintendo didn’t do it. I mean, like I said, they’ve done exactly that for Twilight Princess, and it worked beautifully for them, but they didn’t do it again. Oh Nintendo….

          • oontz

            I would have bought a copy.

          • MerryBlind .

            Me too, I still haven’t played it, but it’s definitely on my list to play. I bought a Wii U to catch up on the Wii gems too since I didn’t have one last generation.

  • Xavier Lopez Chabelo

    Ohhh Iwata… you silly boy XD

    • springer85

      Guy has lost the plot!!
      Wii launched with Twilight Princess from day one and a free game Wii Sports.
      NOTHING will save the Wii U now, the hype for the PS4 has already killed the Wii U.
      PS4 has sold 7.3 Million in only 5 months on the market with utter cack games.
      Once the big game arrive the PS4 will be so far ahead that it will be hilarious.
      Nintendo need to release Mario Kart,Zelda,X, Smash Bros etc then next year start thinking about games for their next system.

      • DragonSilths

        Yes, but the PS4 sold so well due to 2 reasons. Advertisement and hype. The power of hype is strong.

      • ben

        If you understand the state of the industry, the games may never come for the PS4.

        • Commander Jim

          Uh what? Have you seen the line up up just for the next six months on the PS4? Tons of big name games. At last count there was 17 games on the way this year I’ll be getting on PS4. At the moment the Wii U has zero.

          • ben

            Sorry, what games? Epic fail commander dim.

            The games that are confirmed with release dates stands at 4.
            One re-release of a first party game and 3 pc ports.

            That is not 17. The 17 must include indie games, and shovel wear.

  • andrew

    then how about going and convincing gamefreak into making an actually proper pokemon game for wii u?

  • Lee Skilton

    Perhaps do Pokemon………….?

  • Donaald

    Exclusives never saved a console, better relations with third party developers and hardware manufacturers did. In fact, last time a company trusted a game could save them it ended up being E.T.

    • LordYukYuk

      In this day and age, and in nearly every other, it’s been the exclusives (whether they be 1st of 3rd Party) that define and drive a system’s growth.

      Also, ET never “killed” Atari, the abundance of 3rd Party “support” did. When the Atari 2600 launched there was literally no such thing as third party publishers or developers. The early years of that system’s success was all Atari’s doing. Activision was the first 3rd party company ever and they were made up of ex-Atari devs. They went independent and continued making 2600 games which caused Atari to sue them. The courts said Atari had no right to ban people from making software for their hardware which opened the flood gates for a whole crap-ton other 3rd party devs flooding the system with bad games and causing the 80’s game crash. Also, back then Atari didn’t get licensing fees from 3rd parties, that’s a practice Nintendo set with the NES (which was considered draconian but was very necessary). Those companies were like parasites to Atari and nearly destroyed console gaming.

      • Donaald

        E.T. did doom Atari or at least it was the final nail in the coffin, of course there were a number of factors that lead to the Video Game Crash like flooded, home computers, inflation and others but if we examine the facts we cannot ignore that this game contributed to the crash:

        It costed Atari an annual loss $536 million, which led to the company being sold in 1984
        It prompted retailers to demand official return programs to developers

        I’m not trying to prove you wrong, as you are indeed right, I’m just stating that my point still stands.

        • LordYukYuk

          All true, but Atari knew ET was terrible and didn’t care. I doubt Nintendo expects a terrible game to change the Wii U’s fortune for the better.

  • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

    Nintendo, if they play their cards right, can take the whole world by storm. One and done instant power shot.

    http://static.fjcdn.com/gifs/Water_e5b587_277676.gif

  • Arthur Jarret

    “a skylanders-like experience”… so short-sighted: it’s quite obvious that Nintendo is attempting to position their figurines as another product type alltogether – allowing each figurine to be used across multiple games and genres.

    I guarantee they will not copy skylanders. I’ve based this guarantee on nothing at all… but so is all information to the contrary :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericazure Azure

    ITS THE POKEMAN MMO

  • SolarShane13

    LMAO. Even Nintendo can’t see the reality. They said the same thing about Wii Sports Club and Super Mario 3D World. NOTHING can “save” the Wii U.

    I have accepted the cold hard reality that the Wii U is dead. Sure MK8 will sell, but without the proper marketing that MKWii had, it will never sell like MKWii. I say half of the total number of Wii U sales will purchase MK8, if not less.

    No proper marketing = no sales.

    • Carlos Coronado

      By saving he probably means that it will stop losing money not become one of the best selling consoles.

      • SolarShane13

        Which is impossible with the current marketing.

        • Carlos Coronado

          Well they don’t really have to sell a lot of Wii U because of how the 3ds is selling.

          • oontz

            What kind of logic is that?

          • Carlos Coronado

            That for them to stop having loses with the Wii U they don’t have to become the top seller the 3ds is doing great one example of that is the GameCube and Gamboy Advance the GameCube didn’t sell so well but the GBa did and Nintendo didn’t suffer from loses.

          • oontz

            Well the 3ds is selling very well and they are still posting loses, 3 years in a row. The 3ds alone can’t offset the loses from the wiiu. Sure they can help but not 100%

          • Carlos Coronado

            Like I say they need to sell more Wii U too I didnt say the 3ds alone. what im traying to say is that they dont have to sell that many Wii U just to a point were they dont lose money.

          • oontz

            No you said….

            “they don’t really have to sell a lot of Wii U because of how the 3ds is selling.”

            Which means Nintendo could survive MAINLY on 3ds sales. which is what they’re trying to do currently and they’re still posting loses.

          • Carlos Coronado

            Hey if they can sell lots that is great but as much as I love Nintendo I think that ship has gone already that is why they trying really hard to sell more 3ds than Wii U because the 3ds is much more easy to sell than the Wii U.

          • Carlos Coronado

            Because the 3ds is selling so well the Wii U doesn’t need to sell amazingly well they just need to sell amount were they just don’t lose Money. One example is the GameCube and the Game Boy Advance we all know that the GameCube didn’t sell well jet the Game Boy Advance did sell pretty well and because of that Nintendo didn’t lose money and actually make a profit that generation.

  • anthony optimo

    The Wii U isn’t crap, the lack of marketing is. I have not seen a single commercial for the console or a game on the T.V. since I bought one this past February. The only adverts I’ve seen are on VC. Heck, I haven’t seen a 3DS commercial for a game or the system yet either.

  • Fierce-Deity Link

    one title can save the wii u? unless this title can replace my ex-gf and do everything she could.. and i mean everything ;p
    then no… one title won’t do it… iwata needs a reality check.. we needz lots of of games, dammit

  • ScrewAttack

    I have a suggestion.

    MAKE FUCKING POKEMON U.

  • CydeFxt

    Whether or not one title can save the Wii U, it’s still time to do some upper management house cleaning.

  • Squid

    Correction, it’ll take one amazing and exciting game for Nintendo to turn around, Pokemon Red and Blue, Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart wii and Galaxy.

  • Aleks

    So, you DO see the staggering success of Pokemon, but you vehemently refuse to put a real Pokemon game on a home console? Hmm, another example of your pride, or your stupidity. The world wants to give you $$$$, but you refuse to give them what they want. Good job!

    • DragonSilths

      Gamefreak has said the main Pokémon games will ALWAYS be handheld only. That’s not a bad thing. It’s there choice. If it came to a home console that would kill it being a key reason to buy a Nintendo handheld. It was once called POCKET MONSTERS. You cant fit a home console in your pocket. That being said we only need Pokémon Stadium games and such on home consoles.

      • Aleks

        Yea, i know thats their reasoning, but they lost over 200 MILLION DOLLARS last yr! Youd think they would maybe, even if temporarily, bend their Pokemon home console rule so that they could take advantage of Pokemania and maybe NOT hemorrhage bazillions of rupees.

        • DragonSilths

          $200 million is nothing to Nintendo. They could literally burn $257 million every year till 2052 before there is cause for concern. Then selling stocks, buildings, technology and such Nintendo lasts till 2075. To people like us yeah $200 million is a HUGE deal. To Nintendo its like 1 nights loss at the casino. Sony on the other hand is in a much worse state, financially.

          • Aleks

            Losing 20% of a BILLION dollars is a big deal. Yes, im sure they could stop making games and open a lemonade stand and their money will last them 1000 yrs, but who cares? Choosing to NOT correct a 200+ million dollar loss with every tool you have (Pokemon WiiU for example) is just epic, bad business.

          • DragonSilths

            Bad business and Nintendo go hand in hand these days.

          • Decker Shado

            What if I told you there’s a company out there with less money to burn than Nintendo, who lost 120% of a billion dollars last year?

            Most people say said company is doing great.

      • C4

        That’s fine. When people say “full Pokemon” or “Pokemon RPG” it doesn’t have to feature all 700 Pokemon. That “catch em all” main Pokemon games can still be on 3DS. But Pokemon Stadium is not enough unless of course it features more elements then just the fighting.

  • Carlos Webster

    Uh oh. Iwata’s being delusional again. (no offense, Nintendo.)

  • TehEngineer

    Maybe one game can change a console’s fate, but you still need to release more to keep up the momenteum

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Same ol’ Nintendo logic.

  • ben

    Time will tell. He could be right. Children have a lot of power when it comes to which console sells millions.

    Let me tell you a short story.
    I was in a supermarket in Japan on Saturday.
    In the electronics and games department.
    I watched a little girl, of around ten, drag her mother to the wii u and explain she wanted it.
    I saw the mother say to the little girl that her father wanted a ps4. The mother took the girl to look at the PS4 games.The little girl shook her head and walked away.
    Who do you think will win in the end? The little girl or the father?

  • Fuzzylittlebastard

    A single game COULD save the Wii U. COULD is the key word here. That game, MIGHT be SSB4, or Zelda, maybe Metroid.

  • Skelterz

    more like a tingle title.

  • Commander Jim

    “Another Mario game will save us!”
    Typical Nintendo logic.

    • LordYukYuk

      You said that, not them. He said a single game (not necessarily Mario) can make a platform viable. This has been true for many systems, it’s actually not that uncommon. Halo for Xbox, Wii Sports for Wii, Monster Hunter for PSP, Mario 64 for N64 and of course, as Iwata cited, Pokemon for the aging GameBoy. I hope they aren’t banking on this happening but rather that they have exciting games in the pipeline that may have a chance at making this happen.

      • DragonSilths

        Nintendo has more focus on Mario then every other thing. They said 3D world would save the Wii U. It did not. Mario doesn’t sell as well as it did in past gens.

  • SP-937-215

    God dammit! Pokemon-like games don’t sell TV consoles. Neither do JRPGs anymore, or crazy ass action games like Bayonetta. Nintendo needs a Halo, Fable, God of War, World of Warcraft, or something else along those lines. Fucking Iwata. Throw the bum out. Hire J Allard for a couple of years.

    • Purple

      METROID

  • LordYukYuk

    People keep talking a about a Pokemon game. That would work if done right. A console version of what you have on handhelds isn’t the answer. I’d love to see them create a full felged console RPG on Wii U that takes place in Kanto and Johto. I’d personally like to see a “reboot/remake” of Red and Blue that puts more stress on the story and even changes the battle system completely (which I don’t think works well on consoles anymore) while taking advantage of NFC.

    • J_Joestar

      Rather than R/B, maybe they should use the 3rd versions that never get remade in handhands anyways like Yellow and Crystal.

  • Igor

    I truly hope for Nintendo to loose so much money that they won’t ever let a prick like Iwata take the reigns of such a big company again. What the fuck with these stupid names anyway? Wii and Ds are kinda ok for when they were released (although I don’t like neither of them), but to keep using the same names for their next consoles is just plain stupidity. Build a console from the ground, give it proper hardware treatment, don’t come up with ridiculous controller pads that need to be recharged each 2-3 hours that fits like a brick on the hand. Stop relying only on Mario this and Mario that. Grow the fuck up. Well, at least he dresses properly, have a nice taste for suits, I’ll give him that :)

    • Yen

      PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4… Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One… Nothing wrong with reusing names as long as there’s good games to back it up. Also, DS stands for Dual Screen, fit pretty well for it?

    • DragonSilths

      Agree about Iwata being a fool, but the name is not an issue, as the other guy said, PS1,PS2,PS3,PS4 and Xbox,Xbox360,XboxOne. If you buy a console based off its name that’s sad. Nintendo could have called the Wii U the Nintendo Pink Fluffy Bunny, wouldn’t have done anything.

    • Chuck Norris 2.0

      you are a retard

  • Yen

    Clearly some people don’t understand what he actually said. He’s saying in the past, there are cases where a single title have been shown to be what pushes a console out of a rut. He’s not saying they only need is a single title to make it a success, he’s saying don’t count Wii U out just yet because the title that turn things around could still be in the making.

    • J_Joestar

      It is like everyone is misreading the word “Could” as “Will” instead.

  • steveb944

    I thought it was April Fool’s

    • Decker Shado

      Oh dear… Iwata-Bot’s on the fritz…

  • Bomberman

    “Bomberman 64: 3rd Strike” could save the Wii U. But neither Konami or Nintendo believe in me. Thanks guys! :(

  • Tom Greene

    Metroid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lonewolf88

    iwata be hinting pokemon on wiiU!

  • gamingpalooza

    why not give us a Pokemon RPG game… similar to the gameboy ones.. but in a 3D world.

    • Hyde Gaming

      Or give us another Pokemon Colosseum/XD type game

      • DragonSilths

        Stadium 3 would be nice.

    • DragonSilths

      Gamefreak has no interest in that.

    • MerryBlind .

      This is what everyone has wanted ever since the first Pokemon games. I remember in the N64 era how I wanted a proper 3D Pokemon game. Yet, after all these years, it never happened.

  • kyuubikid213

    One title cannot save the Wii U. Advertisements can. Multiple great games can. Incredible GamePad integration can. One game will merely get the slight boost a new game would give the Wii U and then we’re back to 7,000 sales a week.

  • ConCity Soldier

    Iwata just doesn’t get it. Smh…

    • https://soundcloud.com/rauschenmaschine Kristian Kouvo

      Get what? That Nintendo should imitate Sony, eh? No thanks.

      • ConCity Soldier

        I didn’t say anything about imitating Sony.

  • pbd2

    I doubt it

  • sd

    A single game can help, but it needs to be followed by other games. So if they had another game released in July, then finish off the year with Bayonetta 2, SSB and a few others it is possible. But a single game is not enough.

  • https://soundcloud.com/rauschenmaschine Kristian Kouvo

    Just look at 3DS now. People thought it was doomed & now it’s a best seller. In a way Wii U is a “HD Super DS” or “HD Wii” and the quality-price ratio is excellent. It still could rise and prosper. It’s all about what games it gets and what support we give to it.

    • FlashFan207

      “… The quality-price ratio is excellent.” I just don’t get why more people aren’t buying the system. Its already paid for itself many times over for me. My Wii U game collection already supersedes what I gathered of Xbox 360 games over that system’s entire lifespan.

  • linxz

    By the time they decide on the game this gen will be over to the next

  • Paulo

    Sorry, Bayonetta 2 will be another Wonderful 101…

  • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

    That’s the Spirit Iwata l_-

  • http://its-yuma-tsukumo.tumblr.com/ Yuma Tsukumo

    HD Metroid please.

  • CCM

    People need to do 2 things. First, forget directly comparing the Wii U to the PS4 and Xbox One. They’re clearly different experiences designed for different demographics.

    Secondly, stop living in 1989. Nintendo hasn’t been in 1st place since the SNES. Yes the Wii technically sold more hardware than the PS3 and 360, but revenue-wise the other 2 generated more overall business.

    So rather than looking at one of the few multiplatform games that’s available on all 3 “next gen” machines and saying “The Wii U version sucks”, just try to appreciate it for what it is. A 1080p game on a Nintendo console.

    I personally love the Wii U. Hate the name? Sure, but love the system. Numerous times over the last few weeks I’ve taken advantage of having the NHL playoffs on my TV while gaming off-screen on the GamePad – This is a VERY underrated feature of the console. Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3 and Mario Kart 8 alll have pretty stunning graphics if you ask me! And silky smooth framerates as well because Nintendo NEVER sacrifices gameplay for a few more polygons or effects.

    Even if for most people the Wii U ends up being a seondary or complimentary system to their PS4 or Xbox One is that really such a bad thing? I mean it’s pretty much been this way since the N64, but that didn’t stop me from having some of my favorite gaming experiences ever on the N64, GameCube and Wii.

    I’m extremely excited for HD versions of Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Zelda, Metroid, StarFox and more!

    I’m pretty confident 2014 will be a comeback year for the Wii U even with it’s poor 3rd party support. The AAA 1st party Nintendo stuff is just so polished and so good that most true gamers won’t be able to resist it. I have a PS4 and Wii U. 2 of my friends who own the Xbox One also bought the Wii U as well.

    Iwata is half right. Unlike 1996 with Mario 64, only one great game will only temporarily boost sales. It will take about 10 must-have Wii U exclusives to permanantly turn things around. And those 10 exlusive games MUST have more and better marketing than the system has had thus far in it’s lifespan.

  • Colton Kelsey

    ZELDA WII U MY SAVIOR!

  • devmiles

    i don’t care what Iwata says.. i care about good games and a proper decent line-up for a system which i bought a looong time ago and which is gathering dust.

  • Pokémon Fan

    I agree with Mr. Satoru!

  • Pokémon Fan

    Please follow me Mr. Iwata.

  • Archibald Crews

    If one game COULD have sold it, that game would have been Smash. But releasing it for the 3ds is a stupid move. Releasing it for the 3ds BEFORE the Wii U is a stupid move. Smash has never been on a handheld before, and it never needed to be despite how awesome it was. Sure, it increases the audience for the game, but it also hampers the “killer app” state when it’s released on another console. It’ll be good for Smash, but more than likely bad for the Wii U. I’ll be getting both versions, hopefully many will, or else that could be the U’s final nail.