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Iwata: Wii in “unhealthy condition”

Thursday, 9th April 2009 10:28 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Wii’s peaked in Japan. There’s no denying it. Even Nintendo president Satoru Iwata’s admitting it.

“The Wii is in the most unhealthy condition since it hit the Japanese market,” he said, speaking at a Japanese press conference today.

“The current condition in the Japanese market is not the one we want.”

Iwata said at the same conference that there was no chance of a Wii price cut.

“A price cut in a difficult economy cannot really excite the market and drive up sales,” he said.

“As of now I really don’t think that a price cut is a good option for us.”

Nintendo confirmed a June release date for Wii MotionPlus in Japan today.

From ABS-CBN, via Kotaku.

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12 Comments

  1. scuz

    or people in japan have nintendo-shit-console-dar

    #1 6 years ago
  2. jnms

    Nintendo really squandered all the potential of the Wii didn’t they. It really could have been something very special.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    It’s funny really… it’s been tracking like the PS2 over there, so I’m not sure why they said it’s been in an unhealthy condition since it launched.

    That said, it’s not selling like the PS2 did any more.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Time to get working properly on that DS replacement, guys.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. dirigiblebill

    I wonder what they’ll be saying after Monster Hunter Tri is released…

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    They’ll probably be saying “why the hell didn’t this sell anywhere near as many copies as the handheld versions?”.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. BraveArse

    And then they’ll say “oh yes, that’ll be because we charged subs for online play”

    #7 6 years ago
  8. dirigiblebill

    But MH on PSP doesn’t have an online mode in Japan at all, amirite? Isn’t it local only?

    Online play doesn’t figure as large in Japanese gaming culture as over here. It’s something to do with them not being afraid to publicly sit around in groups playing their PSPs like a bunch of disgraceful nerdlings.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Precisely. And that’s why the Wii version isn’t a ‘sure thing’ like a lot of people seem to think it is. The way it works just isn’t the way that the fans play it. The PS2 versions did pretty well, but they were nowhere near the level of sales of the PSP versions.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. dirigiblebill

    I think that’s very perceptive. Much of the PSP games’ appeal over yonder seems to hinge on the spontaneous party aspect, forming little impromptu LAN parties on trains, or stopping off at those specialised MHF cafes.

    You’d have thought a DS version would make more sense than a Wii version, in that regard. Technical limitations aside.

    On a related note, I wonder if many Japanese people are playing White Knight Chronicles online. Probably bad news for Capcom if they aren’t…

    #10 6 years ago
  11. anasui

    no title is a sure thing on home consoles, just look at the Pokemon games. One would think they’d sell millions, but they don’t. MH3 will sell a lot, but not nearly as much as the tsunami sales it’d get on the ds, its just the way the market works

    having said that, Iwata’s been very honest with that statement. New colors, new wii sports will bring things on track again

    #11 6 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    maybe they will launch a wii HD soon

    #12 6 years ago

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