Nintendo apologizes for lack of Wii U software

President Satoru Iwata says desire to meet quality standards has led to delays, promises more new games beginning in March.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata apologized today for a drought of new Wii U releases in the first few months of the system's availability. He explained that Nintendo understands the need for new titles surrounding the Wii U launch, but also acknowledged that achieving quality is of the utmost importance.

"Nintendo takes seriously its responsibility offer a steady stream of new titles in the very early days of a new platform to establish a good lineup of software," Iwata said during a Nintendo Direct briefing this morning. "On the other hand, we also firmly believe we have to offer quality experiences when we release new titles. Based on our software development schedules at the end of last year, we concluded we should spend a little more time to satisfy our Nintendo standard of quality.

"I apologize to those supporting Wii U about the lack of new titles from Nintendo in January and February. But please understand we will have new titles to offer from March onward. We are planning a steady stream of games from spring to summer."

In recent weeks, Nintendo has bumped a number of "launch window" titles further into the horizon, including The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, and Game & Wario.

Elsewhere in the Nintendo Direct presentation, Iwata revealed a bevy of new first-party games, including a brand-new Wii U Legend of Zelda game and a Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker high-definition remake. Other first-party Wii U titles revealed during the presentation included new Yoshi, Mario, and Mario Kart offerings.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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tightwad34
tightwad34

Only thing I gotta say is then what in the hell were you thinking? And don't give me the we are relying on Mario and Zelda run around.

so_hai
so_hai

There's either too much or not enough thrid party support. If only the library of games was steadily released and consistant quality then this would be immaterial.

Ledah
Ledah

Next time you would think trying to lure more 3rd party developers, Nintendo. Remember the glorious N64 era? 

That was when I was proud to have owned every Nintendo console since the NES. It is true you can handle on your own, but if you could actually get some decent 3rd party games for release schedules of a new console you will do way better than this. Now just waiting for the Vita apologize that would be great Sony.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

This drought of Nintendo software has occurred with EVERY Nintendo home console release since N64, both at the beginning of the console's life and the end. It's ridiculous.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

I believe that is expected for a new console to have few games on the begin.

KratosHump3R
KratosHump3R

I think Sony should copy Nintendo and apologize for the Vita

Barujin
Barujin

Claims of quality are the last line of defense for a company that is failing to provide. How often have we seen games get delayed for one or two years under the guise of quality (by various companies, of course)? I'm not buying it now any more than I did in the past, Nintendo.

MirkoS77
MirkoS77

Apologize?  How about putting in some effort instead of being the complacent company you have for a while now?  Eh, that'd take work.  Mine as well keep regurgitating the same thing over and over with new coats of paint.

Nintendo's blessed: they are a company whose fans are fine with complacency.

OrBNRGY
OrBNRGY

awwww Nintendo wants to "apologize" and spit out their sorries after raking in the cash on yet another bullshit cash-in. unfortunately too right before the us government started getting asshurt over their corrupt reputation they start pointing the fingers at us. there has been a lot of promise for the world of gaming but the way things are looking we may not have our joy for long. 

timdogg42069
timdogg42069

Same thing that happened with the 3DS, very happy with how 3DS turned out though especially after price drop

unyuyu
unyuyu

Really? That is the most important part of the presentation? 

What a Crapy election of a title for the article.

SolidSnake35
SolidSnake35

I'd rather have nothing than the usual tripe they release.

Pharoah_Jon
Pharoah_Jon

@Ultima_DragoonDuh you guys fall for this all the time, Nintendo releases a great game from there trusted franchise and you guys go ahead and buy it(boo hoo) You'll be sorry Rant of a crazy man=Ultimo_Dragoon

cubachino
cubachino

You don't have to apologize to me Nintendo. I see what you're doing. Your holding back so that the competition doesn't take what ever great idea you have in store for that LCD controller. Especially since Sony and Microsoft have their rumored controllers with built in LCDs on the horizon. Good move. Announce and release your "wow" apps late and don't give them a chance to copy them.

toshineon
toshineon

I'm sure it'll be fine. Nintendo has always been a very caring company. I mean, Satoru Iwata even filmed his own unboxing video for the Wii U, he must really be proud of his product.

PokeMasterTrav
PokeMasterTrav

Take all the time you need with your 1st party titles Nintendo! In the meantime focus on those 3rd party developers and helping them design for the WiiU, Nintendo has already done very well with 3rd party titles for launch and I believe there will be much more to come, it has already done more then what the Wii had done around its launch. WiiU has been out 2 months give it the time it needs to blossom. There's probably already more M rated titles for WiiU then there had ever been on Wii.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

lack of software is due to the lack of 3rd party dev, just like the wii...

djmaster1994
djmaster1994

All of Nintendo Franchises!! 

1080° 

Advance Wars/Wars series 

Adventures of Lolo (Eggerland) 

Animal Crossing 

Art Academy 

Art Style 

Balloon Fight 

Battle Clash 

Big Brain Academy 

Brain Age 

bit Generations 

Captain Rainbow 

Card Hero 

Chibi-Robo! 

Chosoju Mecha MG 

Clu Clu Land 

Cubivore 

Custom Robo 

Daigasso! Band Brothers 

Devil World 

Dillon's Rolling Western 

Disaster: Day of Crisis 

Donkey Kong 

Doshin the Giant 

Drill Dozer 

Duck Hunt 

EarthBound (Mother) 

Electroplankton 

Endless Ocean 

Eternal Darkness 

Excitebike 

F-Zero 

Famicom Detective Club 

Famicom Grand Prix 

Fatal Frame 

Fire Emblem 

FlingSmash 

Freakyforms 

Game & Watch 

Geist 

Glory of Heracles 

Golden Sun 

Harmo Knights

Ice Climber 

Joy Mech Fight 

Kirby 

Kid Icarus 

Kururin 

Kyle Hyde (Hotel Dusk) 

Lego City Undercover 

The Last Story 

The Legendary Starfy 

The Legend of Zelda 

Mach Rider 

Magical Starsign 

Mario 

Marvelous 

Master of Illusion 

Metroid 

Mole Mania 

Murasame Castle 

Nintendo Land 

Nintendogs 

Odama 

Ouendan (Elite Beat Agents) 

Pandora's Tower 

Personal Trainer 

Pikmin 

Pilotwings 

Pokémon 

Project P-100 

Punch-Out!! 

Pushmo 

Puzzle League 

Rhythm Heaven 

Robot 

Sakura Samurai 

Sennen Kazoku 

Sheriff 

Shin Onigashima 

Sin and Punishment 

SiNG 

Star Fox 

StarTropics 

Steel Diver 

Stunt Race FX 

Super Smash Bros. 

Trace Memory (Another Code) 

Urban Champion 

Wario 

Wave Race 

Wii series 

Wii U Panorama View 

Xenoblade 

Yoshi 

Zangeki no Reginleiv 


Co-Owns: 

Professor Layton 

Tetris 

Dragon Quest

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@Ledah The N64 era didn't have much 3rd party support. GameCube did have more, but did not sell well. the SNES had all the 3rd party support in the world, the wii sucked but sold well. We don't know about wiiu...yet.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@Meta-Gnostic It's all Hiroshi Yamauchi's fault that Nintendo lost 3rd party for their consoles. at least they still have 3rd party support for their handhelds.

flbotavara
flbotavara

@Barujin Blizzard and Valve also do the same thing. They delay games under the guise of quality and they do not deliver in the end.

so_hai
so_hai

@MirkoS77 I can't think of a company besides Nintendo that does put endless effort into things. If you don't like what they do, then admit that, but don't ignore what they do because you don't like it.

They're always first of the mark each generation (and handheld generation), always altering their controllers, formats, etc. How is any of this just the 'coat of paint'?

To say that Nintendo is blessed ignores the failures of the Virtual Boy, N64, GCN and all the hard-work it took to make it back to being a competitor. How did they achieve this without doing any 'work'?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow 

I ask what the point of these videos are. I know you posted Battle Arena Toshinden for your argument about Smash Brothers. 

emptycow
emptycow

@djmaster1994  dragon quest is made by square enix  there were dragon quest games on ps2  

emptycow
emptycow

@djmaster1994 not to be a asshole but some of the games on this list are not good game a nd many of them are nes  ,ds,snes or wii games manny of them are not of a high quality but if it makes you feel better then cool list them  but many of them  are not even in the same class as games like uncharted, sly cooper,  etc 

emptycow
emptycow

@djmaster1994 some of the games on that list are not made by nintendo imo sony blows nintendo first party away i feel that the only great  dev nintendo has is miyamoto  and when he  walks away who knows what will happen to nintendo

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@GSJones1994 @Meta-Gnostic I guess you could say that since he was one of the main people to make Nintendo stick with cartridges AFAIK, which lost them 3rd party support to Sega and especially Sony. Thus, on N64 Nintendo 1st party got even more accolades and sales due to lack of 3rd party competition and it hasn't changed since. 

I take it that you blame lack of 3rd party support for the early and late drought on Nintendo consoles. I never really thought about it that way, but I guess that's a major reason. Still, you would expect Nintendo to be able to have at least 1-2 1st party games during those drought periods.

so_hai
so_hai

@flbotavara @Barujin And we always know what Blizzard & Valve are going to release. We never know what to expect from Nintendo - that's why they are so resilient.

RossMadden
RossMadden

@CHROMEFLAMIN  I feel your comment is uninformative, not really thought through and quite patronizing. To which controller of which console do you refer to?  Utilizing a (touchscreen) display on a home console controller is a relatively new concept, not yet explored to full potential. Yes, I am a Nintendo fan boy.

djmaster1994
djmaster1994

@emptycow @djmaster1994 

Co-Owns
Nintendo Published Dragon Quest Games in US. 
Dragon Quest VII and VIII are the Dragon Quest games in the franchise that on PlayStation. Dragon Quest VII is getting a 3DS remake. 

Dragon Quest been on NES-SNES-DS-3DS-Wii-Wiiu

djmaster1994
djmaster1994

@emptycow @djmaster1994 

Mario

Zelda

Pokemon

Donkey Kong

Kirby

Yoshi

Wario

Super Smash Bros.

Fire Emblem

F-Zero

Star Fox

Metroid

Sin and Punishment

Golden Sun

Advance Wars

Wave Race

1080

Xenoblade

Pandora's Tower 

The Last Story

Animal Crossing

Pikmin 

PunchOut!!

Kid Icarus 

Excite Racing

Pushmo 


All of These are Nintendo Tops Frnachises

And about 15 of them are Better than Uncharted. 

djmaster1994
djmaster1994

@emptycow @djmaster1994 Sony creates a lot IP because they loss the third parties exclusive rights

so they had to stay relevant with PS3 because every third party game that were exclusive were going multiplat


djmaster1994
djmaster1994

@megatronx2 @djmaster1994 This is not all though. Some of the new ones such as the 3DS eShop and Japanese Only ones aren't here but yeah this is most of them. 

emptycow
emptycow

@abHS4L88

Tenchu was a awesome game with some of the best music ever in a game

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow @abHS4L88 

It was mainly for laughs, if I can find footage of the game, I'll send it to you. I've never owned a Saturn though, my family skipped the 5th generation, I did own a PSone for a few months (only played Grandia on it though) before my parents sold it. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow @abHS4L88 

Lol, I remember it but I don't recall ever playing it. I found it interesting that the Saturn had a lot of 3D fighters when the system was actually a 2D beast. There's this one Saturn fighting game I want to try out, it's a SEGA cross over that allows you to play a giant stuffed bear that doesn't animate XD

suprsolider
suprsolider

@djmaster1994

Nintendo doesn't co-own Dragon's Quest. So Nintendo publishes a few games. Capcom has helped develop several Zelda titles such as Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, Minish Cap. Doesn't mean Capcom co-owns Zelda now does it.

 

djmaster1994
djmaster1994

@abHS4L88 @djmaster1994 @emptycow 
Excluding 
Donkey Kong because that Nintendo Owned. 

All the others yes because they owned them. 
Either way Nintendo still owns the SNES and N64 games they just can't put them on VC. 

And I don't know why Rare is in this because none of the Franchises I listed above is owned or created by them. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@djmaster1994 @abHS4L88 @emptycow 

I guess, I'm still not completely clear on the whole publishing games made by 3rd parties. I mean, Rare was a 2nd party yet when Microsoft purchased Rare, all the IPs they developed while under Nintendo became Microsoft IPs, so you can understand why I'm not completely clear on that. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@djmaster1994 @emptycow 

To be fair, the only IPs that count are those created by Nintendo themselves or their 1st parties and to some extent, 2nd parties, same goes for Sony and Microsoft. 

emptycow
emptycow

@djmaster1994 @emptycowEternal Darkness is a awesome game but it was not made by nintendo is was made by  silicon knights they are not owned by nintendo  was  only for the  gamecube but i dont think it is owned by  nintendo also i hope they make a part 2