With all the attention focused on Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, there isn’t much love being shown to Nintendo’s Wii U, especially by developers who have recently announced a bunch of new games at E3 2014, most of which seems to be focused on the Sony or Microsoft platforms.
Granted the Wii U isn’t exactly the hottest selling console at the moment, but that doesn’t seem to have fazed the company. The folks at Kotaku managed to speak to Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, who reiterated his belief that the Wii U console will be sticking around for quite a while to come.
According to Fils-Aime, “We believe the Wii U has a very long life ahead of it. It’s got great content coming that will help define the platform.” He also went on to state that Nintendo is not quite ready to start slashing Wii U prices yet, despite the fact some developers seem to think is a great idea.
He points out that it was games like Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land that helped spur 3DS sales, not so much the price cut. “That’s exactly what we need to do with the Wii U, and we do believe that content like Splatoon, content like Hyrule Warriors, content like Mario Kart 8 that we just launched, content like Smash Bros. for Wii U, that is what is going to drive the installed base.”
It is true that games like Mario Kart 8 have helped to boost Wii U sales, but will it be enough? Also based on his statements, it looks like rumors of a new console might have just gone out of the window.