Wii U isn’t going to be banished to your cupboard to gather dust shortly after launch, Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime has stressed. He has also stated that the console’s release slate will remain strong long after release.
Speaking with Kotaku, Fils-Aime was quizzed about the original Wii’s performance, and over the way the console’s strong line-up of IP quickly diminished, leading many gamers to abandon the format. Regardless, he believes that history won’t repeat itself.
Fils-Aime said of the original Wii, “it is a fair statement that typically in the latter part of a system’s lifestyle, there are fewer games that come out, that is an absolutely true statement. But I think you have to put this in complete perspective. If you look at this current generation and you look at the top five [best-]selling games, four of those five are Nintendo-published first-party games playing only on the Wii.”
He added, “So we’ve got a pretty good legacy that if you buy our hardware, that there are gonna be some great games for you to buy, and games that you’re going to keep coming back to time and time again.”
“So as a consumer thinks about Wii U, asks ‘Should I jump into this proposition?'” Fils-Aime continued, “Aside from the 50 games that we’ve talked about during the launch window, am I feeling pretty comfortable that there’s gonna be a lot of great content for me to buy? Absolutely.”
“And the best part is that now with HD capabilities and a strong online system, third-party are gonna bring their best content to the Wii U. Because those were two key barriers that if I’m creating the latest Call of Duty experience and I’m looking to bring it to the Wii a year ago, in an SD format without a robust online experience, they made the decision not to do that”, Fils-Aime concluded.
But as we all now know, Black Ops 2 is heading to Wii U, along with many other third-party triple-a games. So could the Wii U slate hold up alongside Nintendo’s first party efforts? Let us know what you think below.