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Miyamoto addresses Nintendo’s first-party support on Wii U

Many things can be said about Nintendo. Its history, its legacy content from past generations, its failures,  its ability to innovate under its unique mindset and past successes. Of all these things that can be said about Nintendo. It is its games that define Nintendo. According to an investor’s Q&A last week, Miyamoto believes that the their is a lack of worthwhile first party titles for the Wii U.

“When we launched Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS, we were unable to release any games from any of our main Nintendo franchises to coincide with their launches,” said Miyamoto, the senior managing director of Nintendo. “With Wii U, however, we released, along with the hardware, New Super Mario Bros. U as well as Nintendo Land, which was a very unique proposition. If you look beyond, we also released a new installment in the Pikmin series after a long interval, and we also had Super Mario 3D World at the end of last year. By the end of this year, we will have Mario Kart 8 as well as Super Smash Bros. Therefore, I feel that we have managed to overcome the challenge of releasing enough first-party franchises on Wii U.”

Even though these games haven’t pushed the Wii U to their liking and that’s a problem that Nintendo won’t take sitting down. Along with the games mentioned by Miyamoto, Nintendo will release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze later this month, with plans for Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2 and Monolith Software’s tentatively titled X to come out throughout 2014.

Gaming After Hours perspective:

Keep in mind that as much as we’d like to have a stream of amazing games from Nintendo. That would be very difficult for any gaming publisher. Nintendo could very well just push out content much faster but no one would want them to do so at the cost of diminishing the quality of a product. It is harder to put out content in HD, a skill that Sony and Microsoft have perfected far longer than Nintendo. 


source: ign, nintendo (Japan)

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