If there’s one thing that Nintendo has learned from the launch of the 3DS it’s that if you’re going to have any chance of making a splash you better have a solid line-up to back up sales of the console. As we all know, the 3DS without a single title worth owning, and it wasn’t until the release of Ocarina of Time 3D that gamers even had a reason to pick up the console.
However, with Nintendo planning yet another console launch in the coming months, they have vowed to do better. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that Nintendo will have an outstanding launch line-up for the Wii U, but it does mean that they are tempering fans’ enthusiasm and not promising the world.
Speaking at an investor Q&A Nintendo President Satoru Iwata teased the publisher’s plans for the Wii U, and explained the lessons learned from the 3DS launch. Though he doesn’t outright say that something like an HD Zelda or Mario will launch alongside the Wii U, or that the console will have a stellar launch line-up, he does promise that a few titles will release during the “launch period” that Nintendo thinks show a lot of promise.
“With these circumstances in mind, if I said that an overwhelmingly rich software lineup would be prepared from day one, it would be too much of a promise to make. On the other hand, we are making efforts so that we will be able to make several proposals even from the launch period that can eventually become evergreen titles for the Wii U. We have learned the lesson that we have to make that kind of preparation for the Wii U, or the Wii U will not gain enough momentum to expand its sales. We would like to share additional information at the E3 show in June this year.”
Though Iwata seems to be optimistic, his phrasing suggests that gamers might be in store for yet another disappointing console launch from Nintendo. Not a single mention has been made of a first party title for the Wii U (more on that in a bit), but apparently the publisher is at least working on, or helping publish, some games that they believe in.
During their E3 2011 Press Conference Nintendo wasn’t so much concerned with hyping gamers up with exciting new software, they just wanted to get the Wii U name out there. It is this E3 where fans are hoping that Nintendo will blow the lid off the console and really sell all of its finer features, and explain why gamers should be excited for this holiday season.
Do you think that the Wii U will launch with some exciting first party titles or are we in store for another 3DS launch? What games would you like to see Nintendo unveil this year?