Nintendo to continue Wii U support despite Nintendo NX development shift


With Nintendo NX to be revealed next year, president Tatsumi Kimishima has renewed the company’s commitment to make sure that those who have chosen to purchase a Wii U remain “satisfied with their purchase.”

That echoes comments previously made by the late Satoru Iwata, who had shared that it would be “highly inefficient” to suddenly stop releasing games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS once NX launches.

“As you know within the game business momentum is key. When you have momentum, whether it’s a platform or software, sales increase,” Kimishima outlined to TIME. “At this point in the Wii U lifespan, we’re looking at 10 million sell-through for the hardware itself, which is just about a tenth of what we sold overall for Wii.

“What I want to do, I think our first job right now is to make sure that the customers, those 10 million customers who have a Wii U at home have software to play. And we need to make sure that they are satisfied with their purchase and continue to enjoy playing on this platform. So we can’t just abandon them and say ‘Hey, it’s time to move on to the next thing.’

“Of course we are working on NX and looking at the experiences we can bring to that platform. But first our job at this point is to support the consumers who have purchased Wii U and make sure that they have software experiences available to them.”

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