It’s no secret at this point that the Wii U hasn’t been selling as well as Nintendo had hoped — the company was even forced to drop its sales forecast just last week — and the flood gate of content that originally arrived at launch has slowed down to a trickle. The latest Nintendo Direct presentation gave consumers hope that more content would be arriving eventually, but (other than confirmation of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD coming this Fall) nothing looks like it will be arriving on the system prior to this year’s end.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has come to his company’s defence once more, and this time he claims that there is still more unannounced software that may very well arrive on the Wii U before 2013 comes to an end. This comes hot on the heels of a Costco-sized bulk reveal that confirmed several well-known franchises were en route to the Big N’s latest piece of hardware, and it’s a reassuring sign for early investors that they may have something big to look forward to in the coming months other than Pikmin 3.
“I believe that we will be able to launch new software within this year that we have not yet announced at this point.”
Keep in mind that all of this is coming to reassure investors in the face of less-than-ideal Wii U sales, but it’s exciting news none the less — provided more games actually do arrive soon. Legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto even chimed in on the matter, claiming that solid software will pull up console sales and help communicate the appeal of the system to those who’ve yet to try it for themselves.
“Wii U has a lot of attractive features, but it requires a certain amount of time for people to understand them. We would have liked to create new entertainment that instantly communicated its value to the public, but we could not. However, I am confident that we did manage to develop software that, once people have played it, does communicate its value very well.”
It’s anyone’s guess as to what Nintendo may still have up its sleeves, but Retro Studios‘ mystery project is a likely bet. The developer has kept whatever its been working on under close wraps since it completed development of Donkey Kong Country Returns back in 2010, so that game (whatever it may be) is a possible candidate. That said, there could be any number of downloadable titles coming from in-house as well, so whatever projects Iwata is referring to will likely remain a secret until Nintendo’s big event at this year’s E3.
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