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Nintendo Will Support Wii U And 3DS After The Nintendo NX Launch

Nintendo says it remains committed to releasing Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles while the NX has launched. Obviously I wouldn’t expect the period to happen for too long, but it should be for the first few months. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says that the company wants to satisfy those that purchased the Wii U to what he says is “the maximum extent possible.”

“Regarding your concern about what will happen to Wii U or what will happen to Nintendo 3DS, NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero. When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX.”

“Therefore, while we are preparing NX for the future, we are discussing within our internal development teams as well as with the second-party developers we co-develop software with and also with third-party software publishers about how to continue creating software for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. So, I believe that your point of concern should not happen immediately. As for Wii U, we will continue to make efforts, as it is a priority within the company to think about how we can satisfy the consumers who purchased this system to the maximum extent possible.”

Thanks, Michelle

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    1. Correction, they aren’t even supporting the Wii U that much now. The 3DS is good to go in terms of support.

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      1. Your mama so poor I step in a puddle and she said, “get out my bath tub.”

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      2. You mean Majora’s Mask 3D? Sure, but that doesn’t mean Nintendo should be counted out for the year just yet.

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    2. If Nintendo isn’t supporting their current systems to your satisfaction – that’s one thing. But to say there is no support is a hyperbole at best.

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    3. Wii U has nothing else to offer nor any good features as the 3DS so WTF are they talking about “still supporting Wii U after NX” WHAT KIND OF WEAK BULLSHIT IS THIS?

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  1. Again he speaks about supporting both 3DS and WiiU as if NX will be replacing both, am i reading too much into it or does the fusion handheld homeconsole hybrid rumour have some truth to it?

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    1. Sounds like it, doesn’t it? This is making me more and more curious about what the NX will shape up to be. I’m not excited yet, I won’t be until they show off the NX and show some games for it. But curious? That sounds like me right now…

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      1. Yep, its best to wait until Nintendo announces what games there is gonna be, that´ll be what will prove is NX worth it or not.

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      2. That and if Nintendo advertises it properly. If they announce and then release great games on the NX AND they advertise it properly, then I will buy it. Because then I know that Nintendo has learnt their lesson from the Wii U on the advertising part. The games are still great on Wii U, I just want a bit more consistency with the releases.

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      3. You constantly mention that nx has to be advertised properly for you to consider it as if that’s a big deal for you. It hurt sales of course to non-Nintendo fans with Wii u, but you knew about it yourself and get the stuff you want. Just saying them advertising the system shouldn’t be your top issue with the system nor a reason for you personally to buy it.

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    2. they always kept supporting prior consoles and handhelds for a bit longer after a new system was released. This really is nothing new nor unexpected.

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  2. I’m just going to say this right now. The Wii is backwards compatible with Gamecube games right? Nintendo missed the opportunity to continue making Gamecube games and the Gamecube Controller for the Wii players. Sales of Gamecube games would have increased by a lot.
    And if you think differently, then I am interested to see why.

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    1. The NX will probably not be backwards compatible, especially because he said “NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero”

      The Wii, WiiU and possibly 3DS as well, were built off of the GameCube hardware. but since NX is supposed to be a new platform, this might mean that the NX is using completely new hardware and is not backwards compatible because of it and/or the NX is some weird, new way to play games like Hololens is.

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      1. Nintendo knows all about their Wii U system, just like how Microsoft knows about their Xbox 360.

        What I mean by that is, since Microsoft knows all about their system, they were able to release a backwards compatible update to Xbox One.

        NX being a X86 system could theoretically emulate Wii U system software, and Wii software would be obviously the easiest thing to emulate. I say give it time, the NX may seee backwards compatibility after its released.

        This is also why Ps4 doesn’t emulate ps3 because ps3 was built with a unique system(cell). Can a X86 emulate cell? Eventually. Maybe PS5 or PS6. Wii U is based off of Wii, which is based off of Gamecube. To say there won’t be backwards compatibility is ridiculous. Will it be there day one? Probably not. I don’t know. Maybe? Maybe it will? But it will come eventually. Nintendo would not create a streaming service like PSnow. It’s just not in their nature.

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      2. How would it be backwards compatible? There will not be a gamepad..

        No way in hell the NX will have backwards compatibilty… It would be too complicated to allow “some” game that dont rely on the gamepad to be played, while the others cannot….

        Plus, I really believe Nintendo wants to distance itself from the Wii U…

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      3. Not every game on the Wiiu needs a gamepad. Smash Bro’s and MK8 doesn’t need a gamepad to be played. And you really think Nintendo will screw people who bought games for the Wiiu? Who actually invested in this? No

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      4. Exactly. Saying “NX won’t replace Wii U”. I’m tired of hearing every weak BS I can debunk in every way.

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      5. Well that’s shit then. No more backward compatibility which is where Nintendo did best and one of their best ongoing selling points is gone.

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      6. I’m pretty sure the NX is not supposed to replace the WiiU or 3DS and instead stand on it’s own like the Virtual Boy was supposed to, so it wouldn’t need or probably can’t use backwards compatibility directly.

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      7. Believe me. This is exactly the same old routine they always spit out to make suckers feel comfortable to buy their shit early and then get screwed later. You may buy into their tiring bullshit but I’m not.

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  3. My concern is that he says it will mainly be second party and third parties supporting the system. I just can’t imagine with how slowly they release first party titles, their teams will be able to be spread so thin, working on 3DS, Wii U and NX games.

    And considering the third party situation on the Wii U, that doesn’t bode well with me. They don’t have the best track record with supporting systems, once they release a new one. So once again, I’ll be treading these waters lightly.

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  4. For people who are worried that the NX might just be the Wii U just beefed up slighty, take this quote from the article:

    “new platform”

    So I wouldn’t worry

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  5. They don’t have the development strength to support the one home console they have now, how could they support two at the same time? That’s ridiculous. Continued support for the Wii U would just mean less support for the NX when it launches. Unless they’re just talking ports from one to the other.

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    1. To be fair, the reason they are not supporting the Wii U much right now, is because they are all working on the NX and it’s software..

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  6. For a Company Said they wouldn’t reveal or discuss their me system they certainly seem to be discussing it a lot.

    They really should stop talking about it. I know they’re being pressured into talking about it in every interview an employee takes part in but the more they discuss it the more people will start thinking twice about picking up a system right now. They’re going to cause s lot of “maybe I should wait until next year and see if there new one is released instead of buying one now”.

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  7. The only way I can see Nintendo doing something like this and making it work efficiently is if they plan on doing a lot of cross-gen releases between the Wii U, 3DS, and the NX which is fine but I just hope it’s very short term. They need put as much resources into the NX as possible

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    1. I hope that it’s simply a case of them still releasing already made Wii U and 3DS games, like Smash and Mario Kart and making new games for NX.

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  8. “discussing with third party publishers how to continue created WiiU software” that’s hilarious Iwata should be a comedian. Why support the stystem after a brand new and hopfully better console is released? What possible games could the WiiU get? Supposedly the NX will be a more powerful stystem capable of more so they can’t even release the same game on both platforms as the NX version will superior unless they want more fan outcry. Just abandon the WiiU but continue to support 3DS as its a good stystem with solid games.

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  9. I wonder if the will make the NX backwards comparable with the Wii U games and just sell the GamePad separately for those who never got the Wii U and want to get the NX. What do you guys think?

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! The gamepad is amazing and I swear if it doesn’t work for the NX…! Well you don’t even want to know.

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      1. gamepad is not amazing at all, it’s clunky as hell and best use is a map for gaming. It’s handy for Internet browsing, for gaming it’s not good. GameCube controller is far superior.

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  10. Now nintendo is making what sega did… (Remember that ad? > genesis does what nintendon’t) #BadPun
    Anyway microsoft said that xbox360 would live for 5 more year and their users hasnt had any recent exclusive since the one was ANNOUNCED! We could say the same with the wii amd the gamecube. Its kind of sad i DO like the wiiu and i have bought it this january : ( it hurts… And i won’t buy the new NX because i cant trust them no more… This happened to me two times… I also bought a saturn and soon after the dreamcast was released!! (I was a sega kid) so yeah… Screw you a little nintendo.
    Im NOT english so probably my english sucks dont be too hard on that.

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    1. The WiiU, Xbone & ps4 generation will be a short one. The hardware isn’t strong enough this generation. If the NX is much more powerful than Xbone & ps4, then expect successors for everyone shortly after NX releases.

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      1. I really dont care for ps4 an one because i didnt bought those but i DID buy a wiiu and i feel it hasnt been profitable 300€ for 6 games (bayo-mario kart-3Dworld-smash-splatoon-wind waker hd) i hope that the next release change my mind but i doubt it… Im an avid gamer (i expend most of my weekend playing games) and i really feel like the wiiu’s catalogue is too short for a gamer that spend a lot of hours on gaming

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  11. If they stop doing wii u games thats fine since they are going next gen…. But 3ds still fine. I have the New 3ds and so far there are 2 exclusives.
    Maybe they will stop 3ds games but doing new 3ds games instead.

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  12. I believe Nintendo is working hard to avoid the software drought in 2015 which they promised not gonna happen this year… (how many games release up to now???) .

    The E3 was disappointing cause they working on lot of RPGs games for Wii U, which include 1 Pokemon game exclusive to the wii U and other pokemon games are port from the 3DS, 1 fire emblem.

    On the 3rd party front, they are going to ask Bandai to put Dragon ball Z, Capcom to put a street fighter, monster hunter 4 as well as resident evil revelation 2.

    Because Nintendo working so hard at the minute. In 2016 we will see one game release every month except from June to September (apparently they don’t like releasing games during that period despite the fact it has been proved to be really popular strategy). In 2017 the NX will be out but the Wii U will still be supported for a year because Metroid prime 4 will be out with Zelda wi U (which won’t come in 2016).

    Finally If you read up to this point,I hope you understood I was being sarcastic and wanted to demonstrated that me too I can say a lot of BS a la Reggie or Iwata-san. :-)

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    1. Can people honestly be this stupid? You don’t have to answer that… I just have to continually ask myself this question almost every day.

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  13. I hope while NX is in R&D they are thinking heavy on system specs. I also hope they are thinking of PS5 currently.

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    1. They usually start “thinking” about the next console right after the launch of the last. They usually know right away what worked and what didn’t. Unless they’re Nintendo.

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      1. They didn’t do too much thinking ahead when Project Café was in R&D though. If they did they would have known to add more than 8 gigs for memory and 1gig for gaming.

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    2. Sonys president said before that a PS5 is unlikely. It wouldnt be a console it would be strictly a streaming service like Netflix.

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      1. I doubt PS5 is going that route. Sony really uses R&D unlike Nintendo. He just saying that to throw off Microsoft.

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  14. While it’s in R&D they need to be thinking of no wiimotes. They need to be thinking of a traditional controller.

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    1. theres no such thing as a traditional controller NO WII REMOTES OR OTHER IS GOING BACKWARDS RETARD

      TRADITINAL MM MOUSE IS A ANOLOG STICK DUALSHOCK HAS ROTTED YOUR TINY BRAIN

      I HAVNT FPS’ed since 2006 with out mouse or gyro mous GUESS WHY

      CONTROLLERS EVOLVE SAYING OTHERWISE IS CASUAL GARSBAGE

      A NEW CONTROLLER THAT INCLUDES EVERY NINTENDO INNOVATION IS NEEDED

      LOL TRADITIONAL YOU MEAN OBSOLETE AND OUT DATED ONLY A FUCKING RETARD AIMS WITH A PLASTIC STICK NOT A

      MOUSE MOUSE POINTER OR MOUSE GYRO

      IM GETTING SICK OF YOU PEOPLE

      HELL NINTENDO JUST DO AWAY WITH EVERYTHING AND GIVE USVA ULTI TOUCH PHONE SCREEN SO THESE FUCKING APE BRSINS CAN HAVE IT THERE WAY CASUAL FUCKING RETARDS

      LOL AT FIFA AND PES TRADITIONAL CONTROLLER

      GAMING CANNOT EVOLVE IF CONTROLLERS DO NOT EVOLVE

      KINDY STEP AWAY FROM THE CONSOLE YOUR KIND ARE SCREWING UP GAMING WITH THIS 4 GEN OLD OUT DATED CONTROLLER WORSHIP

      I WANT TO HAVE TOTAL CONTROL AND INNOVATION ONLY A MORONIC XBOT OR SONY PONY COMES OUT WITH THAT FUCKING TRADITIONAL NONSENSE

      AIMING WITH A SECOND STICK WHEN WE HAVE POINTER BLUTOOTH MM PRECISE MOUSE AND GAMEPADS MOUSE GYRO

      KINDLY FUCK OFF BACK TO 1996 YOU IDIOTS

      WII REMOTE OR A NEW INCLUDED VERSION IN A MULTIPUL ABILLITY CONTROL SYSTEM OWN

      oh look wii remote raping a cough TRADITIONAL controller lol control one team member vs control them ALL

      the best controls are controls that do EVERYTHING

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      1. Oh please PS4 is at um over 20 million with no Move controller. Interesting. And Wii U with Wii mote is what 10 million why is that? Also ignoring I play Pikmin series with normal controllers not no wii mote. Also ignoring I play Smash with Pro controller or gamepad. Also ignoring I play splatoons with Gamepad. I Don’t Play DICK SHIT WITH wimmotes thats what the Wii was for. Why else do you think people who had a virtual game from Wii transfered it to the Wii U retard? Because they wanted to play it with the Gamepad. Retard.

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  15. A REAL GAMER FPS-RTS-SHOOTER-TEAM CONTROLS

    WITH A WII REMOTE AND CHUCK

    PLAYS BAYONETTA WITH A PRO PAD

    touch screen also makes sense the industry is living in the past

    WE NEED FULL 3D CONTROLS IN 3D GAMES WE NEED MM PRECISION WE NEED CONTROLLER CHOICE

    I WOULD RECOMEND NINTENDO MAKES TWO NUNCHUCKS INCLUDING GYRO MOTION AND MOUSE POINTERS

    THAT EITHER PLAY IN EACH HAND OR CONNECT INTO A NEW PRO PAD PLUS

    twin stick fifa and pes SUCKS

    twin stick pikmin SUCKS

    twin stick fps SUCKS

    wii remote and chuck bayonetta WOULD SUCK

    CONTROLLERS ARE TOOLS,IM A GAMER GIVE ME THE TOOLS

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    1. Oh please I play Pikmin 3 best with Gamepad. It’s way better than those goofy wiimotes. Fuck wiimotes. If it’s better than why isn’t wii u outselling PS4 than huh? Marketing? Nope wii or 3Ds marketing sucked and they outsold Wii u. I’ll tell you why because they didn’t thinking ahead of time when Wii U was in R&D. That’s why.

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  16. Interesting. Nintendo usually drops support for preceding consoles, because “They want consumers to be enticed by the new hardware.”

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  17. This is coming very soon. There is no company out there with shareholders that would allow for such loses to continue on and on for quarters on end. It’s clear that the big guns (Smash, Kart) haven’t done enough to spark sales, so they have to move on from their failure, even if it’s early, even it it means a release outside of the holiday season.

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  18. I’ll believe it when I see it. Nintendo should just admit it. The Wii U was a financial failure. It had good games, but from a business standpoint it utterly failed. They should say “we’re sorry, heres a discount on the NX for Wii U owners, we’ve learned our lesson and we are moving on.”

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    1. Um duh. This is them admitting it. That’s why they’re releasing the next console so soon. You’re literally complaining that they should do something when that’s exactly what they’re doing. You’re the reason why they fail, because they have such stupid fans.

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      1. You’re a fucking idiot. He’s saying they should give us a dicsount for buying Wii u. They have said nothing of doing that nor have they admitted to making a mistake.

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  19. Soooo is this kinda of confirmation that the NX is both a handheld and home console? Why would they stop support of a handheld just because a home console is releasing is basically what I’m getting at. I think this is confirmation without actually confirming it.

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  20. I think the 3ds has a lot of great 3rd party games like Bravely Default, Etrian Odyssey games, Shin Megami Tensei games, and much more. The Wii U doesn’t have much support from third party or first party in comparison to the 3ds.

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  21. I hope they are thinking of at least 9 cores while the NX is in R&D. I also hope they are thinking between 4-8gigs for the OS and gaming system. I also hope they are thinking of Pikmin 4 while NX is in R&D.

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  22. “When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market”

    lolwut. That’s the case for ANY new hardware for the Big 3 – there’s always the previous generation that’s been out there for years. By that logic, a company should continue to put a good amount of effort into games for the previous console generation, which eventually wastes time and money.

    Also, I guarantee. GUARAN-FUCKING-TEE that this stance is complete and utter bullshit, just like how they said the DS would exist alongside the GBA and Wii – unless the NX is something completely different and won’t cater towards the regular gamers (both casual and hardcore) and is something totally out there (their QoL shit? something more with mobile?). But I highly doubt that. As some have already noted, Nintendo is already “supporting” the Wii U in a fashion that shows that they’re slowly abandoning it – and if that’s not their intent, then they’re reinforcing how incompetent they are.

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  23. I really wanna know why the 3DS is brought up a lot. To me, it sounds like they want one system going forward. Maybe it’s like a Wii U but your gamepad can be brought with you and played without being connected to the main console…. I don’t see why else one device would be a successor to both systems at once.

    The thing that I hate about this whole NX thing is that there’s still no GameCube titles on Wii U and they’ve only just begun bringing N64, DS and Wii games to virtual console (I consider it VC since it’s not a native Wii U game, I don’t know if Nintendo labels it that). They could expand that library pretty quickly if they wanted to, so hopefully they do. That GameCube adapter seemed to be a shining hope of GC on Wii U, so hopefully we get that before the system gets abandoned. I don’t see it having much life after NX, despite what they say.

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  24. Nintendo, not all of your fans are idiots that eat up every bit of bullshit you say. You say you will continue to support the Wii U but your actions at E3 shows quite the fucking opposite.

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