Toward the end of last year, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Mercury News that although the Wii U is currently being sold at a loss, to make a profit on its new console, consumers need only purchase one Wii U game. It turns out that this claim is incorrect, as Mercury News updated the article with an excerpt saying that Nintendo actually needs to sell more than one Wii U game to make a profit on the new Wii U console.
In a story about Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, Fils-Aime incorrectly said that Nintendo makes a profit on the Wii U console after consumers buy one piece of software. The number is more than one, but the company declined to say the exact number.
Kotaku made a list of multiple third-party games that are coming out next year, 2013, but haven’t been confirmed for Nintendo’s new Wii U console. However, keep in mind that the Wii U will be receiving some major third-party games early next year, including Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, Rayman Legends, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Early 2013 third-party games that aren’t confirmed for Wii U are listed here:
- Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel
- BioShock Infinite
- Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2
- Crysis 3
- Dead Island Riptide
- Dead Space 3
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
- Metro Last Light
- Remember Me
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- Tomb Raider
A Japanese Nintendo Direct will air tomorrow, December 5th, at 5 a.m. CST. The broadcast will focus on Wii U, which launches in Japan in three more days, whereas the European and North American Nintendo Direct broadcasts will divulge information regarding upcoming games for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
You can watch the Japanese Nintendo Direct here.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime gives reasons for as to how the new Wii U console differs from Kinect for Xbox 360. Fils-Aime claims that there are not a lot of games to play on Kinect. Fils-Aime says the controllers for the Wii U are a lot more precise than Kinect. He also says the new console offers a much richer multiplayer experience, compared to Microsoft’s Kinect.
Online gaming publication CVG has noticed that third-party Wii U games all show a significant mark-up when compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. The publication spoke to an analyst who concluded that the premium price tags are commonplace for new consoles. Popular titles such as Assassin’s Creed 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are around ten pounds more expensive than their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts. Will this put you off purchasing third-party games for Wii U?
If you’re looking to secure yourself some cheap Wii U games before the console launches in North America on November 18th then Newegg is offering $12 off all video game pre-orders for games that cost $49.99 and over. All you’ll need to do is enter this promotional code EMCJNNH224. Be warned the code expires on October 4th, so be sure to get those pre-orders in quickly.
Nintendo announced last week that there will be 23 physical Wii U games available for purchase on the new console’s launch day. However, Nintendo hasn’t confirmed which digital games will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U’s debut.
Tomorrow Corporation, the developer of fantastic WiiWare title World of Goo, confirmed its first Nintendo eShop title, Little Inferno, is a Wii U launch title. Unlike World of Goo, which was given an E rating by ESRB, Little Inferno is rated T for Teen.
This weeks Enterbrain software and hardware charts are in from Japan and they once again show that the Nintendo 3DS is undoubtedly the dominate format. The Nintendo 3DS’ nearest competitor was the PSP which sold a mere 14,921 units. Sony’s competing format, the PlayStation Vita, could only muster up sales of 9,295 units. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts:
- [PSP] Final Fantasy III
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [PS3] Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
- [3DS] Shin Egokoro Kyoshitsu
- [3DS] Medarot 7 Kabuto Ver. / Kuwaga Ver.
- [PS3] Tekken Tag Tournament 2
- [PSP] Tiger & Bunny: On Air Jack!
- [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 / White 2
- [3DS] Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History
- [PSP] Hunter X Hunter Wonder Adventure
- Nintendo 3DS: 61,382
- PSP: 14,921
- PlayStation 3: 11,440
- PlayStation Vita: 9,295
- Wii: 5,742
- Nintendo DS: 1,020
- PlayStation 2: 1,014
- Xbox 360: 448
Executive director Atsushi Inaba of Platinum Games, the developer behind Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2, says he and his team are intrigued by Nintendo’s latest handheld. Inaba is impressed with the Nintendo 3DS’ capability of producing stereoscopic 3D that can be seen with the naked eye – without being required to wear special glasses. Inaba confirmed, however, Platinum Games currently has nothing in the works for the 3D handheld.
“We are very interested in the Nintendo 3DS as a platform. I view 3DS as a proper, straightforward evolution from a platform that has had huge success. Being able to view stereoscopic 3D with the naked eye is a great innovation, but very straightforward, so I’m very interested in it.”
“Currently we have a lot of titles in development, and we can’t fund a 3DS game ourselves. So there’s nothing in the works. But I’m very positive on it.”
-Atsushi Inaba, Platinum Games executive director
We already know that first party Nintendo games will be available on the Wii U eShop at launch, but Nintendo has now clarified that it’s going to be up to third-party developers to get their games up on the eShop at launch.
“For third parties… One thing that we don’t do is try to force their hand. We don’t want to require them to do it. It’s really a decision that’s up to them, and so it comes down to what their interests are and how they want to offer it.”