Reggie Admits That Nintendo Initially Failed To Create Momentum With Wii U Software

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the company failed to create the momentum that they wanted with regards to Wii U software, but says that it’s something the company is working on. Reggie said that key Nintendo titles such as Pikmin 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD should have been on the Wii U around launch to help drive momentum.

“What I would say is that we have been slower than we wanted to be in bringing the key games into the marketplace that leveraged the full functionality of the system.”

“Just look at the games that we launched over the last nine months. Everything from Super Mario 3D World to Wii Fit U. Let’s include Pikmin 3 in that group. Let’s include Zelda [Wind Waker] in that group. These are all games that we wanted to launch earlier in the system’s life. And because they have not launched early, we have not been able to create the momentum that we wanted.”

Reggie Talks About The Wii U Software Droughts

Reggie Fils-Aime recently took some time out to speak to IGN about a number of subjects related to the Wii U. One of the things that IGN quizzed Reggie about is the software droughts we’ve seen on Wii U and how they plan to fix this. Fils-Aime says that they are relying on independent developers to bring content to the platform and the small number of third-party exclusives coming to the console.

IGN: One of the common patterns we keep seeing with Nintendo is a long gap between major games. We got Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze in February, but didn’t have another big game until Mario Kart 8. What is Nintendo doing to alleviate the software droughts between game releases?

Fils-Aime: “We’re doing a couple of things. First, we’re doing much more second-party development. Everything from Bayonetta 2, which is an exclusive to Wii U game, Devil’s Third is an exclusive to Wii U game. Certainly, leveraging more second-party development is critical to us. The other thing we’re doing is much more with independent developers. And I would argue that this is a big industry shift that’s happened over the last couple of years. You look at all of the developers that have left the large major third-parties to create their own small studio. We’ve been able to attract them not only with some of the tools made available, like Unity. But also the fact that these developers love having their content merchandised in our eShop right alongside Mario and right along Zelda versus putting them in separate area with all other Indie content. We merchandise it along with all of our other key games, which really helps the sell through of this independent content.”

“So second-party, independent content, along with great first-party content. Along with strong third-party as well, in terms of the support we’re getting from Ubisoft, Warner Bros., and a number of the Japanese third-party developers. For us, that’s how we have to mitigate this potential of longer wait times between product launch.”

Japan: Here’s The Biggest-Selling Video Games Between April 1, 2013 And April 3, 2014

Japanese gaming publication Famistu has published the biggest-selling video games between April 1st 2013 and April 3rd 2014. The publication was most surprised at how well Rockstar’s critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V did.  Seven of the top ten games are for Nintendo 3DS, with Wii U claiming two and PlayStation 3 one.

1. Pokemon X/Y (3DS): 4,328,008
2. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS): 3,429,862
3. Tomodachi Collection Shin Seikatsu (3DS): 1,635,099
4. Puzzle and Dragons (3DS): 1,358,548
5. Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS): 774,152
6. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (3DS): 710,303
7. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3): 699,182
8. Wii Party U (Wii U): 697,042
9. Yokai Watch (3DS): 652,803
10. New Super Mario Bros U (Wii U): 622,502


Wii U Software Sold Worse Than PlayStation Vita Software During January In UK


New figures have come to light that show that Wii U software sales during January were worse than PlayStation Vita software sales. The Wii U only managed to sell 34,000 games (this includes bundled Nintendo Land), while the PlayStation Vita sold 46,000 software units. The Xbox 360 sold the most software in the UK, with 810,000 sold. The PlayStation 3 followed closely behind with 545,000 pieces of software sold. The Nintendo 3DS sold less software than Wii and Nintendo DS in January. Here’s the figures.

  • Xbox 360: 810K
  • PlayStation 3: 545K
  • PC: 228K
  • Wii: 182K
  • Nintendo DS: 139K
  • Nintendo 3DS: 112K
  • PlayStation Vita: 46K
  • Wii U: 34K
  • PSP: 13K
  • PlayStation 2: 2K

GameStop Says Wii U Software Pre-Orders Are More Than Double Those Of Wii’s

GameStop says it has received 1.2 million pre-orders on Wii U software, which is more than double of the pre-orders of Wii launch titles, in 2006, from the video game retailer. This relatively means that consumers are pre-ordering 2.4 Wii U games per console.

Nintendo 3DS Reigns Supreme In Japan

The Nintendo 3DS continues to be the best-selling video game device in Japan, according to this weeks Media Create sales figures. The Nintendo 3DS sold 93.989 units compared to its closest competitor, the PlayStation 3, which sold 21,310 units. With regards to software it seems as though Sony was the king this week, with a number of titles in the top ten for the PlayStation platform. Here’s this weeks software and hardware charts from Japan.

  1. [PS3] Tales of Xillia 2
  2. [PS3] Okami HD
  3. [PS3] Yakuza 1 & 2 HD Edition
  4. [PSP] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013
  5. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
  6. [3DS] Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
  7. [PSP] The Idolmaster: Shiny Festa – Honey Sound / Funky Note / Groovy Tune
  8. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013
  9. [PS3] Resident Evil 6
  10. [PS3] Dark Souls with Artorias of the Abyss Edition
  • Nintendo 3DS: 93,989
  • PlayStation 3: 21,310
  • PSP: 13,868
  • PlayStation Vita: 4,842
  • Wii: 3,806
  • PlayStation 2: 1,351
  • Xbox 360: 1,339
  • Nintendo DS: 568

Nothing Can Top The Nintendo 3DS In Japan

This weeks Japanese sales figures are in and once again they show that the Nintendo 3DS is the dominant platform in Japan. The Nintendo 3DS sold a respectable 61,542 units, while its closest competitor, the PlayStation 3, managed to sell 20,364 units. With regards to software there were three Nintendo related titles in the Japanese top ten. Here’s the software and hardware charts.

  1. [PSP] The Idolmaster: Shiny Festa – Honey Sound / Funky Note / Groovy Tune
  2. [PS3] Dark Souls with Artorias of the Abyss Edition
  3. [PS3] Zone of the Enders HD Edition
  4. [3DS] AKB48+Me
  5. [PS3] Borderlands 2
  6. [3DS] Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
  7. [PS3] Resident Evil 6
  8. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
  9. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013
  10. [360] Borderlands 2
  • Nintendo 3DS: 61,542
  • PlayStation 3: 20,364
  • PSP: 14,541
  • PlayStation Vita: 5,806
  • Wii: 3,744
  • Xbox 360: 1,931
  • PlayStation 2: 1,006
  • Nintendo DS: 441