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Wii U: multiple unannounced third-party titles inbound, says Iwata

Monday, 8th July 2013 02:23 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said there are more games coming to Wii U than the public currently knows about.

“Admittedly, there are currently a small number of announcements of new games by third-party software developers for Wii U,” Iwata said in a Q&A with investors.

“I am not in a position to discuss the software to be launched by the third-party developers in detail, but there are more key titles to be announced by them.”

Iwata ackowledged that some western publishers, like EA, have gone publicly cold on the Wii U, and said that Nintendo has two plans to help the console lure them back.

“Naturally, it is desirable that many developers support Wii U and release a lot of games for the platform as soon as possible, and we think there are two things we must do right away. One is to seamlessly release our first-party titles starting from next month to improve the momentum of Wii U,” he said.

“As third-party software developers do business for their own profits, they tend to avoid investing in a platform with little presence. We would therefore like them to see Wii U as a platform with which they feel they can make profits from an economical perspective. However, if we tried to do nothing but buying our way to create such a good condition for developers, our own business could collapse. Accordingly, we will give more momentum to Wii U through our software. This is one thing we need to do.”

The second thing is to promote the console actively enough that one of these mysterious upcoming third-party games is a hit, proving that Nintendo’s not the only company who can make money on the console.

“There were so many games released by third party publishers for Wii U during the launch period, but most of them were converted from other platforms and therefore could not enjoy brisk sales,” Iwata acknowledged.

“As a result, some software developers have become pessimistic about Wii U. However, the time will come when some third-party games for Wii U and for other platforms are released at the same time this year. It is important to have given much momentum to Wii U around that period.”

Iwata said an increase in the number of consumers who enjoy the Wii U’s unique features – notably off-screen play – will help the console gain momentum.

“Even if these publishers did not have any concrete plans to develop Wii U software, they will swiftly change their minds when they see the successful examples from others. By giving sales momentum to Wii U through our first-party software in the short run and seeing success from third-party software within this year, we would like to dramatically change the situation of Wii U next year and beyond,” he concluded.

Thanks, NintendoLife.

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  1. locknuts

    A little advertising of third party products via directs and printed ads in shops would go a long way too.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. MrWaffles

    Nitendo lately:
    We have planned several announcements to announce unannounced video games announcements.

    Are those games coming any time soon? Knowing nintendo, probably not until holidays…

    I wish they took the Apple route on this, and just released whatever they’ve got months after the first announcement and not a few years and several release-date changes…

    #2 10 months ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    looking forward to the new games, and nintendo can take the time they need. no one wants rushed broken unfinished games.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. macromanjr

    Remember the good ol’ days when Nintendo used to reveal new games a several months to a year in advance, to outlets like Nintendo Power, sometimes before the games were even in active development? Yeah, go back to doing that, Nintendo.

    I’ll never understand why Nintendo didn’t even put out so much as a teaser trailer or teaser poster for the new Zelda for Wii U at E3 2013, much like they did with the teaser poster for Skyward Sword at E3 2011. Or the Twilight Princess teaser trailer before that, which sent the crowd raving mad. Why did they stop doing this?

    A little advertisement–even just a mere teaser poster–goes a LONG way. It lets people know that you do at least have something big coming on the horizon. People can’t just be left guessing whether there are more games coming for Wii U.

    You have to be upfront with as much as you can be upfront about. And be crystal-clear about explaining it, too. Never underestimate the power of simply and clearly letting people know what you’re up to lately.

    Entertaining an idea for a game? Let the fans know ASAP, “We are considering ideas for such and such sort of game. We’ll give another update on how it develops.” Have third-party developers working on something–anything–for the Wii U? Let people know something–at least even just a number: “So and so have this many games coming, and we’re expecting them sometime early next year.”

    I don’t think Nintendo needs to change everything about themselves–or even MOST things about them. I think Nintendo just needs to make some changes towards how conservative they often are about things. You can’t just rely on fans expecting to merely wait in the dark–don’t act like girlfriends who expect us to read your minds.

    They NEED to open up more with the promotion, and open up communication more with developers to draw interest for developing content for Wii U. And if they ARE going to try to lead by example, they need to be upfront and frequently open about what they’re up to lately.

    With some things in life, people like mystery. But gaming news simply isn’t one of them.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Fin

    “Please please buy a Wii U. There are more games coming, honest. I can’t tell you what they are, but they are coming. I’m serious. Seriously. Buy a Wii U. Please.”

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Clupula

    “As a result, some software developers have become pessimistic about Wii U. However, the time will come when some third-party games for Wii U and for other platforms are released at the same time this year. It is important to have given much momentum to Wii U around that period.”

    Whoa! Are you telling me, Iwata, that multiplatform games are going to eventually be released on the Wii U at the exact same time as they are released on PS3 and 360?!? Holy shit! I can totally see why that would make me want to buy your system!

    In all seriousness, it’s almost sad to read this guy’s little affirmations of nothing. Nintendo needs new blood and new ideas, because Iwata obviously has no idea what he’s doing.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. gargus

    So they are announcing that they will later announce some companies are making wiiu games?

    Isnt that what a game system is supposed to do? Get games?

    #7 9 months ago
  8. WiiUMad456

    @4 “I’ll never understand why Nintendo didn’t even put out so much as a teaser trailer or teaser poster for the new Zelda for Wii U at E3 2013″
    They were going to, but they decided to not to for 2 reasons.
    1. They didn’t want it to outshine A Link Between World and Wind Waker HD.

    2. They decided to wait a little bit longer.

    “like they did with the teaser poster for Skyward Sword at E3 2011.”
    The teaser poster was at E3 2009.

    “Remember the good ol’ days when Nintendo used to reveal new games a several months to a year in advance”
    Super Mario 3D Land: Announced in June 2013, coming December 2013.

    Wind Waker HD: Announced in January 2013, coming October 2013.

    Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze: Announced June 2013, coming November 2013.

    Mario Kart 8: Announced June 2013, coming in less than a year.

    Sonic Lost World: Announced May 2013, coming October 2013.

    A Link Between Worlds: Announced April 2013, coming November 2013.

    They still do this.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. WiiUMad456

    @6 “Iwata, that multiplatform games are going to eventually be released on the Wii U at the exact same time as they are released on PS3 and 360?!? Holy shit! I can totally see why that would make me want to buy your system!”
    I don’t think you have read the entire article.

    #9 9 months ago