But "They Will Swiftly Change Their Minds"
In what's becoming a proud tradition of stating the bleeding obvious, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has told investors that many studios and publishers have become worried about developing for the Wii U due to sluggish sales and a drought of quality software. However, he also reckons that they'll all come crawling back once Ninty deploys their heavy hitters.
"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 explained during a recent shareholder Q&A. "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.
"If the number of consumers who prefer the Wii U version’s unique entertainment value, such as the ability to play games only with the Wii U GamePad (while the rest of the family is watching TV), increases to a certain extent where third-party publishers notice unexpected hit Wii U titles from other publishers and realize this system’s business potential, its momentum will be improved.
"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."
It's great to see Iwata acknowledge that the Wii U desperately needs system sellers, but both Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. are slated for 2014, leaving us in a bit of a drought. However, Wii U owners can take heart from a promise to expect"more key titles" to be announced by third-party developers soon.
Pikmin 3 is out later this month, followed by The Wonderful 101 in August. Both niche games, but we're looking forward to playing them. Arguably more than the likes of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World, to be honest.