Miyamoto Not Worried About Wii U Sales Yet

by William D'Angelo, posted on 13 March 2013 / 5,828 Views

Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's Lead Designer, spoke with The New York Times about the current state of the Wii U. He is not concerned with the current sales, though he did originally expect it to have sold better. He is confident that the Wii U has a long future.

"I think that the Wii U still has a long future," said Miyamoto. "We really view it as being the ideal device that families are going to want to have connected to that screen in the living room that everyone is going to gather around and watch."

"Certainly in the short term I would want to see it performing with probably a little more momentum," he continued. "I think in the long term I’m not at a point where I’m concerned yet."

Miyamoto did mention that Nintendo has not focused on online play, because he feels the audience who would have enjoyed it in the past would have been small. However, that has changed and Nintendo is going to grow its online play.

"For a long time at Nintendo we didn’t focus as much on online play because for many years doing so would have limited the size of the audience that could enjoy those features," he said. "But certainly now we see that so many people are connected to the internet. It opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities."


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BShornock (on 14 March 2013)

The Wii has a lot of potential to sell consoles, the real problem, is that there are barely any games worth purchasing a new system for, and certain games do not play well with certain peripherals, which is retarded. Yes, it's cool to be able to play Black Ops 2, with 2 players not sharing a screen, however the novelty wears off when there is no Nuketown 2025, Nuketown 2025 Zombies, no Revolution, or ETA for that content, as well as Call of Duty Elite, which is probably higher priority than any DLC. They are however, still getting the patches the PS3 and Xbox are getting. Darksiders 2 proves inventory management is an awesome way to make RPG's easier. You can also put HUD's on that screen instead of the main game screen. Unfortunatly, it's missing some DLC. New Super Mario Bros U is a great hit, however I am a little disappointed that while they support the gamepad, they FORCE you to use Wii Remote Plus's to play with your friends. The big downer is the ZR button is used to do certain things, and much harder to pull off when you have to twist your Wii remote. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will not sell consoles. Injustice Gods Among Us does not have DLC on the Wii U, why keep gutting games like this? Mass Effect 3 is missing a lot of multiplayer as well as some single player content. Zombi U is a great exclusive for the Wii U, however it needs a little more content. Madden and Fifa are gutted versions much like PSP versions. I think one reason for a lack of games for the most part is the big focus on getting Virtual Console to the Wii U, which in my opinion is a huge feature because being able to play a lot of the Wii catalogue on the gamepad, especially if they add content to it.


Resident_Hazard (on 13 March 2013)

They need to expand beyond that tired "Mario-Zelda-Pokemon" trinity and start making some of their other franchises, and a bunch of new ones again--and concerning the new ones, like Xenoblade Chronicles, they need to treat them a helluva lot better. The poor treatment of such a wonderful game is just reprehensible.


carlosdonearth (on 14 March 2013)

i'm more the "wii range" than the "mario range" (except mario kart) so for me this next gen (3ds and wii u) it's not happening yet for me, when I feel uncomfortable about not having either i will get them, but it's not happening yet at least.


LiquorandGunFun (on 13 March 2013)

I would love to have this guy make games for my company but would not let him run my hardware division. I understand he is being the company guy.... but lets be real about this.


Jonoridge (on 13 March 2013)

Yeah it would of been much better of him to come out and say "it's going to crash and burn"... Come on be realistic...

Honestly the main reason Wii U is doing pretty bad now is because there are next to no games on it that have been released in months. I bought one on release and it was great. The end of March is a good month. I'll be getting Monster Hunter and Lego City: Undercover. It's software that continues to sell consoles and the Wii U needs more games out on it now.

I honestly believe when you see the bigger runners appear, sales will increase. Zelda, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, these are the games that are going to move the console. Throw in that RPG from Monolith Soft which looks gorgeous. There's a few others that might give it a bit of a kick later on in the year such as Pikmin 3, Yoshi's Yarn and Luigi's Mansion 2 but Nintendo needs more releases. They realistically need a top release a month to help the Wii U sales out.

It should be noted however at it's current lifespan it's doing better than the 360 or PS3 was at this time so it's not all doom and gloom but it does need software support.


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