Nintendo Expects The Wii U To “Disrupt The Market”

Nintendo Expects The Wii U To “Disrupt The Market”


5 years after it’s release, and in the face of quickly plummeting sales, the folks over at Nintendo are still completely confident in the Wii. In a recent interview with Games.com, Nintendo of American President Reggie Fils-Aime said “We believe there are still millions more systems to be sold. And I can say that the Wii will coexist side by side beside the Wii U for some period of time.”

Now, no console in history has successfully coexisted with the unit it was meant to replace. So, if Nintendo can pull this off, it will be quite a feat. However, it seems more like posturing on Fils-Aime’s part—a politician’s tactic. The Wii U is still a little ways off and Nintendo would still like to sell a few more consoles before then.

And since DLC has become such a massive part of the video game industry, Fils-Aime also tipped his hand to the Wii U’s capabilities: “In terms of what the next system update will allow, it will allow developers to sell add-on content, and whether that’s for a physical game or a digitally released game,” he said. “In terms of how it will work, it’s up to the developer whether they want to make it to buy new levels, new items—all of that is up to their imagination. Essentially, what we’re doing is creating the framework for those transactions to happen.”

In the past, Nintendo has taken a lot of flack for their overly intrusive submission policies. But in recent days, they’ve managed to take a step back. Putting even more control into the hands of the developers will bring more games to the system, and finally put them into a similar distribution category as Sony and Microsoft.

But Reggie’s most surprising statement had to do with the impact that Nintendo expects the Wii U to make: “We believe that we will yet again disrupt the market the same way we did with DS and Wii.”

The DS and the Wii were certainly industry-wide game changers, but lets not forget that the 3DS is hemorrhaging money, and do I even need to bring up the Virtual Boy?

Don’t get cocky, Nintendo.

By Josh Engen

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