Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has discussed the issue surrounding the lack of third-party developers creating titles for Wii U. Iwata admits that a number of big third-party developers have said that they won’t release their games on Wii U, but says this is down to individual developers, rather than a universal trend. Iwata then went on to say that a lot of third-party games that appeared on Wii U at launch were ports of existing titles and says that they shouldn’t have expected what he calls brisk sales. Here’s what he said.
“The attitude of Japanese developers and overseas developers are a bit different, and for overseas developers, some certainly announced that they would not release their key titles for Wii U, but other big publishers have made all of their main titles available for the platform. In this sense, we can say that this is not a universal trend but each software developer has its own thoughts.”
“There were so many games released by third party publishers for Wii U during the launch period, but most of them were converted from other platforms and therefore could not enjoy brisk sales. As a result, some software developers have become pessimistic about Wii U. However, the time will come when some third-party games for Wii U and for other platforms are released at the same time this year. It is important to have given much momentum to Wii U around that period.”