Iwata admits Nintendo is to blame for poor Wii U Sales

Iwata speaks candidly about Nintendo's failure to meet its initial Wii U sales target.

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overlordror1978d ago

Finally Nintendo admits they didn't do any marketing at all.

Prime_281978d ago

I agree the marketing for Wii U was terrible. Hopefully it will pick up this holiday season.

3-4-51978d ago

At least they own up to their mistakes instead of arrogantly acting like they aren't there.......looking at you microsoft.

Xof1978d ago

Or develop big games for launch.
Or encourage third party development.
Or implement unified account system.
Or expand first-party offerings on eShop and Virtual Console.
Or encourage third-parties to offer games digitally through eShop or Virtual Console.
Or encourage independent development and publishing through eShop.

Hell, with the Wii Nintendo actively DISCOURAGED third parties from releasing digital content by refusing to share any profits until a certain sale threshold was reached. Are they still doing that with the WiiU? Because that was crazy stupid.

Psn8001977d ago

I went out bought my Wii u on the day it was launched but we need them big games now .

Mounce1977d ago

I'd say to Iwata: "You don't Say?"

Whos' fault would it be to begin with, the consumers for not liking their bullshit? lol

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dedicatedtogamers1978d ago

Stop apologizing and start making games.

Or step down from your position and let someone new try. The problem is that Iwata is far too soft on the developers. He lets them make whatever they want and take as long as they want.

LOL_WUT1978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

Apologizing isn't going to get him anywhere and like Mr_Nuts said the only one to blame is himself.

He either needs to step down or hire more devs to try to get these games in gamers hands as soon as possible. They also need to fix the problems that are surrounding the company 3rd party comes to mind. ;)

Prime_281978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

Yes the man behind the success of the Wii, DS and now 3DS should step down but Sony's CEO shouldn't step down for losing over $5 billion from PS3 sales. Right.

Prime_281978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

Quite the opposite actually.

KwietStorm1978d ago

Sony's CEO did step down, over a year ago..

TongkatAli1978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

Howard Stringer left. Also I don't think Iwata should step down.

Donnieboi1978d ago

Maybe Iwata should start looking for a suitable replacement for his presidential spot. I think he should retire. He blames "Nintendo", but that's just a name. He needs to blame himself.

Bring back the Nintendo of old. The original champion of HARDCORE gamer's. Not the stuff Iwata's been doing with the Gamecube, Wii, and Wii U. Before Iwata came along, Nintendo was king. Now the only one's who still think that are delusional.

I want the NES, SNES, and N64 type of era to return.

ChickeyCantor1978d ago

In business sense you don't say "I". He represent Nintendo and therefore says Nintendo.

"Before Iwata came along, Nintendo was king. Now the only one's who still think that are delusional. "

Eh, Times were different and their ideas applied far better back in those days. They brought a 2D mario and a new DKC but you don't seem to praise them for it even though that was the "hardcore" stuff from the 90's

Picnic1978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

Actually, the Gamecube was a curiously double minded console for the time in that some games , like Luigi's Mansion, were relatively easy and some games were very hard with less middle ground than other consoles have. So it was kind of a hardcore console although I wouldn't claim that it was as EPIC a console as the N64 for Rare's games.

F Zero GX- tough game.
Metroid Prime - tough in some boss battles.
Super Monkey Ball- very tough.
Viewtful Joe- incredibly tough later on.

It's like the Wii said - people still like us for our cute games but they don't like us when that's a disguise for FULL hardcore.

Divine1978d ago

the wii u is current gen

LiberatedAnimal1978d ago

If by the Nintendo system that coincides with PS4 and XBox 1 then yes, you are correct. ;)

3-4-51978d ago (Edited 1978d ago )

You'd rather him be arrogant / ignorant and act like there are no problems ?

What is with you people ?

PrimeGrime1978d ago

No we would rather him have a plan or solution to these problems instead of just saying "Sorry" over and over again.

MegaLagann1978d ago

Sorry dude but you can only say "we're sorry" some many times and still produce nothing until people just stop caring.

greenlantern28141978d ago

no we would rather nintendo realize that having mario and zelda alone is no reason to buy their systems. nintendo use to have a good relationship with 3rd party devs, they use to bring a wide verity of gaming options to the gamers. but now nintendo is like you are going to get the system because you love mario and zelda and that is enough even when it is not. clearly since the wii did so well (but was a crappy system) then nintendo was like we can release the wiiu knowing it is only a little better if at all better than 360 and ps3.

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Mr_Nuts1978d ago

I wouldn't class everyone at Nintendo as a whole's YOUR fault, your in bloody charge. People just follow what you say.

Typical boss of a massive company when it's done something wrong....blame the entire company instead of the person running it, themselfs.

Captain Qwark 91978d ago

Actually its more ridiculous to blame one guy when there are hundreds of people employed at Nintendo. I'm sure they have a marketing department that does all sorts of research and they could have just as easily said they weren't doing enough. The devs could always work faster or ask to hire more employees if they are understaffed. Even with all that he has to balance production cost of anything and make sure everything is still going to profit or at least balance out. Their r&d and programming depts could have done a better with the hardware, UI, etc to make it more comparable to current systems.

my point, its a team full of hundreds of people, to blame one man for it all is ludicrous. People can speak up on the team and the only way it becomes solely his fault is if they all did and he shot them all down which is unlikely

Rearden1978d ago

Iwata took some responsibility -- last year he cut his own pay substantially.

greenlantern28141978d ago

ceos of companies get paid through profit, this is true of any company. so when you loss profit the ceo losses money. that fact that he said he cut his pay is stupid, since any ceo of any company would loss money if the company lost money.

richierich1978d ago

I hope they start making games look less cartoony and more like the E3 2011 Zelda tech demo. The Wii U has a lot more power than the Wii had so how about making some games that show us what the hardware is capable of

kreate1978d ago

My thoughts same.
I wanted the Wii-u for the free online play but I saw the pbs style cartoony pictures of animal crossing leaf village or whatever its called and I just got really disturbed.

Although not all games are like that obviously but it just sucks.

MasterCornholio1978d ago

Ah so it is their fault. This is contrary to the belief of many fans of Nintendo.

Now since they admitted that they are the culprits of Wii Us poor performance in the market now they can start to turn it around by bringing must have games to the system and more 3rd party support would be great as well.


kirbyu1978d ago

Nintendo can't choose if there's 3rd party support.

Yodagamer1978d ago

They can't choose, but they can sure help third parties get interested with Nintendo getting some first party titles sales will help. That's when we will see some third party get interested again.

MasterCornholio1978d ago

Nintendo cant choose 3rd party support but they can offer incentives for development on the platform. An example of this is how Sony and Nintendo allow Indies to self publish on their console which will increase Indie support while Microsoft rejection of self publishing decreasing said support.

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