Nintendo is going about the launch of the Nintendo Wii U is a completely different manner when compared to previous console generations. A once distant company, Nintendo was always deemed as tough to work with by various third-parties, but it seems Nintendo has learned from previous mistakes and will take a page from Microsoft and Sony to ensure the Wii and Nintendo 3DS will have a robust roster of third-party games and partner with third-party publishers to offer Wii U and 3DS consumers with compelling and strong software.
During a recent shareholders meeting, Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, addressed a question about the lack of Wii software in early 2009 and whether software publishers are collaborating with Nintendo on the Wii U and 3DS.
Iwata’s response was a strong one as he stated Nintendo is willing to invest in order to get support from third-party software publishers. Iwata is looking to the future and wants third-party developers and publishers to have great success on Nintendo platforms. Despite a slow start, the Nintendo 3DS has offered a decent helping of third-party titles from acclaimed franchises like Resident Evil, Dead or Alive, and Street Fighter. Konami’s Metal Gear Solid will also hit the Nintendo handheld this Fall, alongside Namco’s Tales of the Abyss and other more ‘core’ oriented games.
“In that sense, and this is common to both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U, we think that it is important to encourage the software publishers to think “This is a platform on which we can perform our business” in the very first stage of the platform. We think it very important to make several hits from the third-party software publishers within the first year from the release of the platform, while offering Nintendo software seamlessly. In order to achieve this goal, we have shared information about the new hardware with the software publishers earlier than we did previously and built a cooperative structure, and we are developing several titles in collaboration with these publishers. I cannot talk in detail about the names of the titles, or with which publishers we are currently collaborating, because we have not announced this information yet, but what we are aiming for with the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U is, platforms which have much more software and a wider variety of software than the former Nintendo DS or Wii. Therefore, we are thinking of creating an environment where software from other companies will become hits. Please understand that Nintendo is prepared to invest in order to make this a reality.”