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Nintendo: Portable Focus Pushed Back Some Wii Titles
Nintendo: Portable Focus Pushed Back Some Wii Titles
March 8, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

March 8, 2011 | By Kyle Orland
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Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime admitted that the company's recent focus on launching new portable hardware and a pair of new Pokemon titles has delayed some upcoming titles for the Wii.

"Candidly, we had to push out some Wii launches so we could focus on our handheld business," Fils-Aime told IGN in a video interview, referencing both the upcoming 3DS launch and today's launch of Pokemon Black and White in the U.S.

"We're already juggling two big balls. To add a third would be a little bit challenging -- or a fourth or a fifth," he said.

Spacing out the Wii releases will give the portable hardware and software "room to breathe," Fils-Aime said, though he did hint that the company will be announcing some Wii content before E3.

The Nintendo web site lists only nine Wii games due for release between now and early May, with none of those titles being published by Nintendo itself. The company revealed the existence of new Kirby and Rhythm Heaven titles for the Wii at a recent investor briefing.

Fils-Aime also the Wii's 2010 sales decline in in the IGN interview, pointing out that the system's hardware sales actually peaked during its third calendar year, rather than the historical norm of the second year.

Though the Wii declined from its sales peak in its fourth year on sale, which ran through most of 2010, Fils-Aime noted that the system was still selling better than in its second year, and that the Wii has been the first system to sell 7 million units in three consecutive years.


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Robert Bevill
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Smart move. Even the DS alone has had a stellar year so far.

Robert Gill
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The lackluster support for the Wii is hurting me right now. They haven't had a killer line-up of games in a while.



And please, last year was not a killer line-up.

Jonathan Escobedo
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With all do respect Rob, but I totally disagree with you. I thought the line up for the Wii last year was great. Even though not every game was great (Metroid Other M), I still had more fun playing with my Wii last year than I did my 360 or my PC. But hey, that's just my opinion.

Robert Gill
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I see where your coming from, Jonathan and Keon, and I did like the games that came out last year. We just need MORE of them. Even if they are supporting the 3DS now, they still have the Wii out to support.

Jonathan Escobedo
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I hope one of those Wii games is a localization of The Last Story. I really want to play it and I don't want to have to import like I did previous Nintendo games (Mother 3, Fatal Frame 4).

Neal Trotter
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I hope a localization of Xenoblade is another one of those Wii games.

Cordero W
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We might as well say that the DS and the 3DS is Nintendo's next gen consoles.

Joe McGinn
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Makes sense. This is one of the reasons Nintendo games make so much money: they are one of the few companies with a Blizzard-like devotion to doing things at very high quality (even it it means not doing, or delaying, certain other things). It's a wise move too because of Apple's competition in the handheld space. Nintendo's games must stand out as exceptional, don't-want-to-miss-it games.

Emmanuel Henne
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Yeah all good and right, BUT, since when is the demographic of the 3DS the same as the Wii's, like "Uhhh, I can't afford to buy a game for my 3DS and my Wii this month" ? Its important to have a good launch lineup, but its not like EVERY game is manufactured by Nintendo, I don't see any canibalizing here :/

To me it looks rather like poor planning or actually a lack of good software. There are still quite some un-re-touched franchises, like Rogue Squadron, F-Zero, etc, and lets face it, Nintendo doesnt have another three years to create them.

Jamie Mann
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Flame on ;)



Nintendo nets around 6 billion dollars a year in revenue and have at least 10 billion dollars sitting in the bank. And they can't resource development on two separate platforms?



If I was an investor, this sort of thing would worry me, as it would seem to reinforce the notion that Nintendo are heavily reliant on a few key individuals, similar to how Apple's fortunes are (at least publically) heavily dependent on Steve Jobs; when Steve Jobs sneezes, Apple's share price dives.



However, there is a difference between the two companies - Apple has been grooming a replacement for Jobs, in the shape of Tim Cook. Given that Jobs was dragged out for the iPad 2 launch, this doesn't appear to have been that successful, but at least they're trying.



Conversely, what's going to happen with Nintendo when Miyamoto retires or falls under a bus? Similar applies to the other key employees - Takashi Tezuka is 50, Yoshio Sakamoto is 51...

Eric McVinney
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Sure, the shares will go down when ever any of those "kick the bucket" or retire, but give it a year or two (maybe three) and the shares will go back up. It really depends on the replacement set for each of those iconic people and the decisions to follow between them and the company.

warren blyth
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I get the impression they planned on Kid Icarus being the snazzy must-have launch title for 3DS. but then reviewers complained about the game's controls at early events, so they've pushed it's release back so it can be rethought - and they are now in the middle of scrambling to make sure some other must-have title is ready asap.



I think it was telling that a 3D mario game was suddenly announced at GDC, and teased to be the darling of E3.



it all makes me sad, because I was THRILLED by the kid icarus announcement. and this initial thrill has transitioned to recently canceling my preorder of the 3DS.



(please correct me if I'm overlooking something here)

Jeferson Soler
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Don't count Kid Icarus out just yet! Unlike Project Hammer for the Wii, I'm sure that we will still see Kid Icarus for the 3DS. Nintendo has a reputation for delaying some game releases just to make sure that the games look good. Anyhow, I just hope that Nintendo still releases Last Story for the Wii. As for the 3DS, I'm going to wait for the second model before I get one (even though the metallic blue 3DS looks beautiful) as I don't want to do the same mistake that I did with GBA, but I'm going to start building up the game library for the 3DS as I don't know how long it will be before Nintendo does a 2nd model for the 3DS and some games don't stay in stores for very long.

warren blyth
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My point is that E3 presented Kid Icarus Uprising as if it would be the must-have 3DS game. But now it isn't even a launch game. (i thought it was pushed back 6 months, but all I see officially is "2011").



I'm sure it will come out. But it is still the only thing i want on the 3DS, and it ain't there for the launch.



So what is the launch game for this system? what is the must have title that will drive people to buy the hardware and talk about the unique gameplay with their friends?



Perhaps Nintendo is trying out a new strategy of waiting to release the must-have title until it is Christmas time, since the hardware will be in short supply until then anyway? Or maybe the built in games are supposed to be the must-haves?



Perhaps this is all a side effect of rushing the product out a little bit too quickly (see also the reports that existing DS games don't scale well to the new screen resolutions).



... more and more, I think the story of the 3DS will be : it just offered a new way to view games - not a new way to play games.



I hope it will turn out to be just a nice DS platform upgrade, which was over-hyped to distract us from the release a new console hardware system in 2012 (a wii HD - which gather's player biometrics, to better engage them in the game feedback loop, like no other system can)

Jeferson Soler
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I see what you are saying, Warren! Of course, at this point, it does look like that Nintendo is counting on 3rd parties with the must-have launch titles. Even though Nintendo will have few launch titles of their own (like Nintendogs + Cats), it seems like that Capcom will be the one that will shine on the 3DS with its own launch titles.

Leon T
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Nintendo is simply giving third games room to breathe. There are no third party systems sellers outside of Layton really and Layton is not a mega seller. The other big third party title is a port and I'm more of those are sure to come. The RE games can move systems if they are great. So unless that is something we don't know aobut yet the best we can hope for as far as a third party system seller is a sleeper hit or some unannounced title. Kid Icarus will not be a mega hit either imo, but it could be a million seller if it is good. It is more of a fan service title from Nintendo like Sin and Punishment and Punch Out.



Nintendo also knows from the DS that a system seller does not need to launch with the hardware. It can come later in the form of Mario Kart.

Leon T
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What is funny is that people would complain if Nintendo put out major Wii software during the Pokemon and DS launch. I'm pretty sure that investors, such as myself, are not too worried about a company trying to give their major products time to sell to their fans without cannibalizing each other. I would have been happier if the 3DS launched before Pokemon in the US, but that is another story.



Also there is not much Nintendo can do with the Wii at this point. No amount of hit software will cause it to sell out again at this point. They screwed up on the content and I would be very surprised if they can fix that. Holding content back off the chance that Wii content may get ignored or worst hurt their much bigger and pressing launches if fine with me.



They need new Wii games and they need to release many of the Japan only games in the US/EU as well as release the hits in US/EU in Japan. Even with that said software and hardware sales are only terrible in Japan. The hardware sales are fine in EU/US so far. I do think it will get worst though. So I hope they don't make the mistake of pushing things back too far or releasing weak content.


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