Ok, I admit it may have been a joke when I said it, but someone with a lot more insight and knowledge about the industry feels like the Wii U is getting ready to hit its stride. That person would be Scott Moffitt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo of America, the smiley chap pictured above.
In a recent interview, Moffitt addressed the slow start that the Wii U has had and compared it to the early struggles of the now hugely successful 3DS. He pointed out that the 3DS hit its stride after a price cut and some great games, like Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, were released. The 3DS is probably holding Nintendo afloat at this point and it shows a large amount of confidence to compare the Wii U to it.
There was also a dialogue about the Wii U’s gamepad and if it could be dropped from the console just as Microsoft dropped the Kinect. Moffitt went on to attest that the gamepad will continue to be part of the Wii U console and further stated that it is the only innovation in the current generation of consoles.
“We think GamePad is the only innovation that’s come in this new generation of consoles. So we have the only real point of difference. Certainly graphics are faster, graphics are better. This is not a real innovation for gamers. We are fully committed to leveraging the GamePad, to keeping it bundled with the system.”
If you want a guy that will own a problem, Moffitt may be your man. He took it square on the chin when asked about getting more third party games, not just from big studios but smaller ones as well, to the console. Admitting that it was Nintendo’s job to sell more consoles before other studios should be expected to commit to the platform is a bold statement and points the gun firmly at himself.
“It’s all about driving the install base and so that’s our work to do, right? We need to get to a critical mass where it makes financial sense for them.”
So maybe the future is looking brighter than we thought for Nintendo. They put on a great event/show for E3 as far as I’m concerned and showed that they have fantastic content coming that should make gamers interested in the Wii U. Do you think the Wii U has a glorious future, or has it already been passed over?
Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!