Nintendo of America president: Wii U has a 'very long life' ahead

The Wii U is struggling to prove its case to gamers in comparison to the PS4 and Xbox One, but in an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime reaffirmed the company's commitment to its hardware.

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randomass1711637d ago

If he said this a year ago, I wouldn't have believed him. But I think Wii U is seeing a bit of a turnaround.

Abash1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

He better mean it. Now is when the Wii U feels like it's just getting interesting, I want to see lots of big Wii U games releasing in 2016 and 2017 still

randomass1711637d ago

I very much agree. More games, particularly through partnerships and indie support, might just be Nintendo's best bet.

bouzebbal1636d ago

Wii U is a great device. It always takes time for people and core gamers to realize Nintendo's consoles true potential. it's like if gamers aren't that open minded which would be a pity.

sinjonezp1636d ago

I would love to agree. I really would. However, technology growth and innovation may force systems, even the ps4 and xb1 life cycles to be trimmed. People these days attention spans are shorter than ever. I blame cell phone games. But with oculus, Sonys project, more powerful mobile and tablet platforms, people are going to want that latest and greatest thing. I have a Wii u for my kids and 7 times out of ten,, they looking down into a tablet. Sony and xb1 are trying to win us over with great blockbusters with a sprinkle of indie. Like the comment below, Nintendo came out with guns blazing of fan service with the likes of hyrule warriors and smash brothers. I am optimistic with the sales of Mario kart, showing Wii u growth and there is a market, but how long will fan service pull them through? I watched the reactions of people using project Morpheus and it was interesting to see how a lot more receptors were ignited while using the tech. I think 2016 will be a very interesting year for the console market. We will get a lot of quality games in 2015 which I called it the year of the gamer, but 2016 and beyond is going to be the real story if the Wii u have the legs to last a long time.

NewMonday1636d ago

from last year the WiiU games I want were Zelda Xenoblade and Byonetta2 after E3 the list is still the same.

MasterCornholio1636d ago (Edited 1636d ago )

I'll be honest with you.

Before in the past i made fun of the Wii U. I kept making comments on how weak it is and that it doesn't have any good games to play. Heck when Mark Reign made fun of the console I laughed with him and shoved that into the face of Nintendo fans. I even went so far to call it a casual console for babies.

But after E3 everything changed. For the first time in a long time I've started to see games on the console that interests me. The console might be weak when compared to the competition but there are games like the new Zelda that look very interesting to me. However even though I'm seriously considering getting a Wii U as a secondary console the price has to drop a little bit more for me. A nice bundle at 200$ is more than enough to convince me to get one. I'm a pretty patient person so I can wait for that to happen.

Looking forward to getting one sooner rather than later.

Enjoy your console Nintendo fans and I will as well in the future.


P.S I'm just trying to be honest with my lost. So please don't flame me.

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Magicite1636d ago

The question is - how long will this gen last? Some said it will be shorter than 7th.

LOL_WUT1636d ago

Most likely a 5 year lifespan if they plan to to get a head start on the competition. ;)

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1636d ago (Edited 1636d ago )

Nintendo console life spans 5-7 years

Not the generation

Zodiac1637d ago

If Nintendo keeps up what they started at E3 they should start seeing some positive numbers.

iamnsuperman1636d ago (Edited 1636d ago )

I disagree, they need to show something different to get those positive Wii U numbers. Nintendo's E3 2014 was fanservice. There is nothing wrong with this (they will make profits on their games as the fans love it) but their more hardcore fan base more than likely already own a Wii U (in which there lies an issue). It is the other people, like me, they need to convince (and I am not in a minority). Those people who are not so into Zelda or the usual Nintendo franchises. The only way they can do this is too think outside the box/their comfort zone. Sony did this and they had a desirable product which was too expensive for the masses

edit: I feel I might need to reiterate this point but fanservice is fine (especially if it is done late in a cycle) but this early you need to cater to the fans and sell the product to the masses (whom aren't hardcore Nintendo fans)

NewMonday1636d ago

Nintendo's E3 2014 was fanservice

^^^^ this

InTheLab1636d ago

Exactly! While the hardcore fans cheered for smash bros and another yarn game, I sat there scratching my head. Instead of forging a new path, Nintendo basically doubled down on the very same moves that got them in trouble in the first place.

Open world Zelda? Ok but what happened to that amazing tech demo? Where is Conduit? Where is Metroid? Who gives a crap about the Devils Third? Not a fan of Zenoblade. I'm 33 years old and don't mind a bit of silliness here and there but wtf is Splatoon and why would any adult be excited about this Disney Junior multiplayer? Same thing with Mario Kart 8. Instead of a legit racer, there's this game with turtle shells and bananas.

None of what was shown by N at E3 was for me and I'm the type of gamer they should at least be attempting to entice. I spend hundreds every year on games and dlc. People like me are more dependable than soccer mom who clearly can't see that the WiiU is a NEW console.

And no this isn't me saying Nintendo should make a bunch of shooters. Mature doesn't mean another war shooter. A few mature titles like Heavy Rain or Alan Wake wouldn't kill them.

And then there's the lack of third party. Many of you in this very thread have stated how you'd rather have Nintendo's quality 1st party over these 3rd party multiplats but that's you. You'll buy and be excited by anything Nintendo pumps out but you are not what will make Nintendo compete in the long run.

So I highly doubt the WiiU will last a full cycle. Yeah MArio Kart 8 gave N a good bump but that was your highest selling franchise which was major bundle bait as usual. What will you do when the hype dies again? The smart thing to do would be to release a new console with similar specs of the ps4 4 years from now at a lower price with no motion or tablet gimmicks.

XiSasukeUchiha1637d ago (Edited 1637d ago )

Wii U longevity surpass Xbone and PS4 confirmed!

ritsuka6661636d ago

Off course WII U is here to stay.

josephayal1636d ago

All I need is my Wii U and my 3DS for all of my gaming needs, No chance I will ever buy a next-gen console im happy with my wiiu and its games right now

Sincere01211636d ago

U purchased a next gen console when you bought your Wii U, if you wanted a last gen console, you should have got the Wii.

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