Reggie Fils-Aime: Nintendo “believe the Wii U has a very long life ahead of it”
Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime has reiterated that the company “believe the Wii U has a very long life ahead of it,” indicating that they need to make as much of a “vibrant platform” as 3DS has become.
He reasoned that the turnaround success of the handheld hadn’t merely been due to the price cut shortly after launch, but in the company delivering Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.
“I say, ‘No.’ And the reason I say that is because we believe the Wii U has a very long life ahead of it. It’s got great content coming that will help define the platform,” Fils-Aime said, responding when questioned by Kotaku as to whether Nintendo would consider scrapping the console and starting again.
“For us, we think the 3DS is a very illustrative example. It wasn’t just the price cut. It was having great content that started with Kart 7 and 3D Land and then progressed and created a larger and larger footprint. We just launched Tomodachi Life. The Tomodachi Life numbers were significantly stronger than we had forecasted and planned. That’s because it’s a vibrant platform.
“That’s exactly what we need to do with the Wii U, and we do believe that content like Splatoon, content like Hyrule Warriors, content like Mario Kart 8 that we just launched, content like Smash Bros. for Wii U, that is what is going to drive the installed base.”