Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata addressed the lack of strong third-party content during the company’s Analyst Presentation earlier today. After a brief opening noting the Wii U’s loss of momentum, which is attributed to a lack of software following launch, Iwata laid out the company’s vision for revived third-party support.
“It is not my position to mention which titles each third-party developer will release in the future,” Iwata said. “However, more unannounced titles will come. We hope to revitalize the platform with our strong first-party lineup, and then an enriched third-party software lineup will follow.”
He cites the example of the 3DS, which saw a dramatic increase in sales during its first year, following strong first-party releases and a price cut. The system has continued to see steady sales, with titles such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon setting a high mark in recent months.
“However, just as Nintendo 3DS has been revitalized by consecutive software releases, we believe the basic principle of the video game business is that software sells hardware.”
Iwata reasons that first-party content will similarly drive sales of the system during the second half of the year, which will make the console more attractive for third parties.
“We believe that a decisive factor in buying a console is the fact that you cannot play a much-anticipated title without the hardware. In this sense, Nintendo has the advantage of having a strong lineup of first-party titles which cannot be played without our platforms. With these key titles being released in succession from next month into next year, we believe that we can dramatically improve the situation of Wii U.”
A total of 12 titles were listed in the presentation as being announced for the system, including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, Disney Planes, Skylanders Swap Force, Watch Dogs, Scribblenauts Unmasked, Sonic Lost World, Splinter: Cell Blacklist, Rayman Legends, Disney Infinity, and Just Dance 2014.