Nintendo Delayed Wii U Games On Purpose For Quality

By Trevor Osz

Editor-In-Chief for Spiderduck Network

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There is no doubt that the Wii U has had a less than stellar line-up so far. There are good reasons for that at least from a first-party perspective. President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata had a few interesting things to say about the lack of games for the Wii U.

"We originally planned to release a few first-party titles for Wii U during the first half of this year, but no big titles are scheduled for release before Pikmin 3 in July because we decided to take time to add the final touches to ensure that consumers fully feel that they are valuable titles," Iwata said. "The brand of a franchise would be completely degraded without customer satisfaction. This is why we delayed the release schedule of such games."

The reason for the delays was due to the fact that Nintendo had to pull developers off of certain games to get its launch titles ready for their launch window, according to Iwata. He cites the Pikmin 3 team, specifically, as being understaffed during that period of time. So, the main reason you haven't seen a lot of Nintendo releases so far for the Wii U is because their development teams have been stretched thin and unable to put out the quality experience that Nintendo wants with its games. Nintendo values customer satisfaction over anything else, because they don't want to kill the franchises. He also mentioned that low-cost games such as indie games or games available for smartphones means that Nintendo has to bring out more quality titles so the consumer feels that they get their money's worth. Iwata feels that a "delicately crafted game will never fail to appeal to consumers." Nintendo is hard at work in thinking of new ways and new models such as free-to-play to expand the Wii U's overall experience. 

Do you think Nintendo is making the right moves? How do you feel about them delaying their games for quality? I personally think it could pay off in the long run for them, but will it be too little too late if consumers don't purchase the Wii U due to lack of software?