Nintendo already seems to be focused on the next generation of consoles. With the 3DS now on the market and the Wii 2 showcasing at E3 this year, it seems as though the current Nintendo home console, the Wii, is old news. The lack of games for the system in recent months seems to support this fact and they have nothing of note coming out this spring for the Wii, but Nintendo disagrees.
Despite voicing his disappointment with the system’s lack of third-party support, Nintendo Chief Executive Satoru Iwata promised that Nintendo hasn’t given up on the Wii just yet. He explained that the lack of new titles for the system in recent months was due to their focus on releasing and advertising the 3DS. Sure. In order to make up for this, the Wii will be receiving a number of new titles over the remainder of the year, starting in May.
Among the games set for release are Pandora’s Tower, Wii Play: Motion, Rhythm Paradise, Inazuma Eleven Strikers, Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games, The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword and even a new Kirby game. Iwata also mentioned that a number of unannounced titles would be released as well, though what they are can only be speculated upon.
While Iwata has said that Nintendo will continue to support the Wii, whether or not people will buy the newer titles is another story. Sure, Skyward Sword will be a fan favourite, a new Kirby could easily be good, but beyond that, what else could bring in gamers? These unannounced titles could be sleeper hits waiting to happen, or titles that the company doesn’t have enough confidence in. It could really go either way, but whatever the case, new titles will stir up interest in a system again.
The question is, will these titles be enough to keep the Wii going until the release of Project Cafe? The Wii’s predecessor, the GameCube, wasn’t doing that well towards the end of its run either, and whether or not the Wii can avoid the same fate remains to be seen.
Do you think the upcoming Wii games can tide fans over until the Wii 2? Is Nintendo just biding its time until the next system, or are they sincere in their attempts to keep the Wii going?
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Source: Official Nintendo Magazine
Header image edited from art by Fraggie.