According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the feedback of Wii was “similar to that of the Wii U.” Iwata believes that the reason for this is because the Wii U, like the Wii initially, is a unique product, and “it’s difficult for people to understand it at the beginning.” Iwata mentions how people were skeptical about Wii when it first launched, because they thought Nintendo wouldn’t be able to compete with its competitors, but changed their minds when it began selling well. Iwata claims that people will eventually understand the Wii U.
“For the Wii, before its launch and right after its announcement, the feedback was similar to that of the Wii U. In other words, when something unique comes up, it’s difficult for people to understand it at the beginning. A lot of misunderstandings and pessimistic observations, like, ‘Will a product like this really spread in the market?’ prevail and then after some time, after being able to experience it, the atmosphere changes.”
“In fact, when the Wii was showcased at E3 in 2006, there were a lot of news stories which reported the strong receptions of the Wii by the visitors to the show; however, the questions I was asked then and there were all tough questions. Almost every one of the reporters asked, ‘How in the world are you going to compete with SONY or Microsoft with a product like this?’ Everyone has forgotten what the real situation was. Then, in hindsight, I think some people say, ‘I was convinced about the success of the Wii from the beginning’ only after looking at the results. Nintendo has to fight the lasting impression of the Wii business that once exploded.”