Iwata: Wii U being first next-gen release “not important”

Friday, 20th July 2012 12:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has told Gamasutra that the timing of Wii U’s release compared to new consoles from Microsoft and Sony makes no difference to the firm.

“Being first in the next generation race is not important at all,” he said.

“One of the reasons we believe this is the time for Nintendo to launch the Wii U is it’s going to be important for the world.”

What will matter, the exec added, will be price.

“The pricing of Wii U is going to be one of the most important elements when it is going to be launched,” he said.

“The environment is different. Wii U is going to be launching in a different environment than when the Wii was launched. Also, the involvement surrounding [mobile and social] businesses is different than several years ago.”

Iwata also shrugged off recent analyst assertions that Wii U is dead in the water.

“Even when we were going to launch the Wii system, there were a lot of voice saying ‘Nintendo should stop making hardware’,” he added. “The reasoning behind that was Nintendo would not have any chance against Microsoft and Sony. The fact of the matter was: I did not think Nintendo should compete against these companies with the same message and same entertainment options for people.

“We have not changed our strategy. In other words, we just do not care what kind of ‘more beef’ console Microsoft and Sony might produce in 2013. Our focus is on how we can make our new console different than [others].”

Wii U releases globally later this year.



  1. Fin

    Course it doesn’t matter – Sony and Microsoft are competing with each other, not Nintendo.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. tenthousandgothsonacid

    First next-gen ? Don’t make me laugh.

    Last of the current gen, much like the wii being last of the ps2/xbox era.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Deacon

    @2 Beat me to the punch there sir. I find it very hard to trust a man with hair like that.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    I agree with him, being the first next gen console is not what it matters, what really matters is the games, the price, the overall package and how they keep improving their online offering, that will be key, and also i agree that they are not competing directly to sony and microsoft, they go a different route, more oriented in how we play games or interact with them, rather than graphics, although the wiiU will handle 1080p, it will be the gamepad the real hook, and their asymetrical way of playing games, their last powerfull console was the gamecube, a great machine graphics wise, but that lacked other important things as well, things that are critical in order to become the best console of a generation, like easy to program from, low development costs,physical format, miscelaneous etc, the ps1, ps2 and wii did prove this and are proof of this.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gadzooks!

    It’s probably going to be a couple of years before we see next-gen games that actually showcase next-gen power anyway, so for a while at least the WiiU will be on a roughly even footing with MS and Sony offerings.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    I don’t think so. There are already titles like Star Wars 1313 that are clearly next-gen AND showcase the next-gen power while Wii U will probably end up like a Xbox 360 but slightly better graphics (In terms of visuals though, gameplay wise the WiiPad has some real potential, unlike normal Wii-mote).

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    “clearly next-gen”

    Its using Unreal 3 and when I saw it I didn’t think next gen. Its uncharted meets Star Wars.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. The_Red

    I know it was UE3 but so what? Original BioShock was a stunner for its time and it was based on a very refined UE2 (Last gen engine).

    1313 looks like pure CG (In real-time). Same can be said for mony curren. Those visuals were produced on super beefed up PC and actually did rival Hollywood CG films so, at least the one shown at E3. That and the Square tech demo are already running on PC so if next-gen systems want to impress people visually, they have to at least reach those levels of graphics which in my humble opinion really do look next-gen.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gadzooks!


    I felt kinda the same. I wasnt that impressed with 1313.

    Of course there will always be exceptions so there probably will be a few truly advanced looking games early on, but I think most devs will want their games simultaneously released on 360+720/PS3+PS4 in the first couple of years, probably using shared scalable engines which will somewhat limit the scope.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight


    I agree. that they will slowly shift to next gen. Look at GTA5 which will probably be released right when next gen will come out. THat will give the current systems some more life.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Da Man

    PS2 was almost a generation behind the Xbox, and Wii was about as good as the latter. Hard to say which is which now.

    #11 2 years ago

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