In an interview by Kotaku, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that the name of the Wii U isn’t the actual problem. He believes the lack of compelling software in the system was the main issue; the name has nothing to do with it. Reggie also acknowledge the dwindling sales numbers for the Wii U. The console had only managed to sell 1.5 million units in the U.S, half of what the Wii had managed to sell in the same amount of time.
Reggie had this to say: “The challenges we’re facing with Wii U are not issues of the name. The issue is the lack of a steady rate of software launches to motivate the consumer to drive buzz and engagement and to highlight the wide variety of uses of the GamePad. That’s the issue.”
The Wii didn’t have compelling software for it’s first year as well. But it did have a killer app in the form of Wii Sports, which became a cultural icon and phenomenon. The Wii U has seen a serious drought for a good part of a year, only recently has the system picked up some steam; offering a couple of fun and creative titles.
He continues to say: “And that’s why experiences like Pikmin 3, like Wonderful 101, like Zelda Wind Waker HD, with the off-TV play, experiences like Super Mario 3D World—that’s why it’s critical that we launch those, have consumers experience them in malls across the country, which we’ll be doing. It’s critical that the consumer see for themselves the range and breadth of compelling software for the system.”
Pikmin 3 has quickly become the best game available on the Wii U, while Wonderful 101 is a colorful and fun experience. Reggie, and it seems Nintendo as well, are in full confidence with their new system. The price drop, the Zelda bundle, and, finally, the steady flow of software all might amount to a console that might finally see the light of day.