Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nintendo worries 3DS misstep will affect Wii U launch

Nintendo’s ongoing trouble with its handheld system might spill over to its new home console when it launches next year, the company’s president fears. At Nintendo’s investor Q & A, he voiced concerns that gamers have lost some trust in the company and may take a wait-and-see approach before they purchase Wii’s successor.

"With regard to the influence on the Wii U, what we have to take most seriously is that the price markdown could damage the trust of the consumers who bought the Nintendo 3DS just after the launch," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. "I feel greatly accountable for it. Our decision of the price markdown this time has a side effect that, at the launch of the Wii U, people may feel that the price might drop in the near future if they wait."

Nintendo itself is going to take a wait-and-see approach regarding Wii U’s price and release date. Iwata has previously stated the company will wait till 2012 to release anymore major details on their new console and let the dust settle from recent 3DS events.

"What we will be able to do to recover the consumers' trust before the launch of the Wii U is very important to us,” Iwata said. “Since the Wii U we showed you at the E3 show in June was still in the development phase without very specific proposals on the software titles, we are going to announce the release date and the price next year when we are able to explain the specific proposals. Anyway, the biggest influence is on our consumers' trust, I think."

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