Nintendo has revealed that it delayed a number of first party titles at the Wii U launch due to solid third-party support. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors that third-party support for Wii U has been as promising as they anticipated, so a number of first party titles have been delayed as they look to spread out the releases for the console.
“If you look at how pre-orders are doing at the moment, it is not an exaggeration to say that Wii U is sure to sell well in this holiday season, as many of you are probably thinking. But we realise the biggest challenge is to make sure that Wii U sells well even in the next year after the holiday season, and we are working on that too.”
“Nintendo tends to release too many titles at the launch of a hardware system and as a result suffers a drop in new games for quite some time after launch, and for the Wii U launch, we are being very careful not to let it happen.”
“Fortunately, third-party publishers overseas are launching many titles for us this time, and we were able to push back the release of some of the titles that we had originally intended to release as launch titles until next year.”