Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has shared that the company is hard at work planning “an effective transition” to Nintendo NX from Wii U.
He sees the troubled console’s relative successes in the numerous high-scoring games that it received, while admitting it had proved a tough challenge to match the Wii’s runaway sales.
While they had chosen to focus their E3 2016 presence on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Wii U version, Fils-Aimé still sees this as the first “system seller” for Nintendo NX.
“We wanted to focus on this new Zelda experience because we knew that once fans got a chance to play that it would increase their desire for the game,” Fils-Aimé shared with Associated Press. “And the fact that we’ll be launching it simultaneously on Wii U and NX (upcoming Nintendo console) really means that we’ve just shared with consumers around the world the system seller or one system seller for NX. So that’s why we’ve focused on it, there’s lots of time to share more details about our upcoming system, but right now it’s all about Zelda.”
He continued, “Regarding the Wii U, we have been able to put out a number of highly scoring games, games that consumers want to play, that you can’t play anywhere else. So from that standpoint the system absolutely has been a success, but when you come off from selling the Wii and selling over 100 million systems it’s really tough to lap that performance.
“What we’re focused on is making sure we have an effective transition from the Wii U, we’re going to have a strong holiday performance, we’ve got games coming for the system and then next year we’ll look forward to the NX.”