The Legend of Zelda and Metroid were absent from last week’s E3. Nintendo may be working on those titles along with other traditional franchises for Wii U. Satoru Iwata clarified that the reason Nintendo focused on Wii U launch and launch-window titles during E3 is because they don’t want competitors to develop “similar proposals” of their unannounced games. While speaking to investors, Iwata revealed that he and Miyamoto are working on existing Nintendo franchises “and of course new prepositions.”
Speaking with investors, Iwata said: “First, what we’ve shown at the E3 show are both the launch titles that will be released with Wii U hardware this holiday season and the launch window titles that will be released early next year or not long after the hardware launch.
“We do have ideas of what kind of software we will be releasing after those two periods, and Mr. Miyamoto as well as I are both directly involved in the development process. Those include both our traditional franchises and of course new propositions as well.
“However, because we are now in the era when similar proposals can be made by the others just one year after we introduced a brand-new hardware system proposal, please understand that we really can’t say much about what else we are planning.”