Revered Nintendo game developer Shigeru Miyamoto has confessed to Japanese publication 4Gamer that things aren’t easy for Nintendo at the moment due to Wii U not selling as well as the company had initially expected it to. Miyamoto explained to the site that they had trouble with a number of high-profile games including Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U due to developing in HD. Subsequently these games were delayed, but Miyamoto says that now they’re used to shaders in HD, they shouldn’t encounter these problems in the future. Miyamoto concluded that he hopes sales will pick up sometime in the summer.
“Yeah, so things aren’t easy for Nintendo and the Wii U hasn’t been selling too well (laughs). The Wii U also has features like a web browser and two screens, and it’s very useful even for simply watching Youtube, but no one really uses it that way. That’s not helping speed up the system as well.”
“Originally Pikmin 3 and Wii Fit U were meant to be part of the lineup that was coming out between January and March. Last year I did not mean for them to be completed around this time, but we had a lot of trouble with the shaders in HD. Now that we’re used to them, we should do better in the future.”
“At the same time, hardware development was delayed. Because of that delay, the whole development environment was delayed, which also impacted the production of the games. When you produce a game, the process should not be influenced this much by the hardware, but this concurrency of problems affected the games’ progress a lot.”
“Yeah. After this there is Lego City Undercover and The Wonderful 101. We also have Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8 further in the future. So definitely buy a Wii U soon! I’ve been waiting to see (sales) numbers catch up this summer.”