Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Finalized Wii U hardware at E3 2012

After a disastrous semi-annual financial briefing last week, Nintendo tried to cool investors’ worries by announcing plans to have finalized Wii U hardware at E3 next year. Nintendo originally planned to have their new console on shelves by that time, but hardware issues and software delays have now pushed the launch to September or October next year.

At E3 2011, Nintendo officially revealed their new console to the world and had playable games, but the company stressed the hardware was not yet final and the games were still being played off dev kits and not actual Wii U hardware. As previously reported, Nintendo has also had problems with Wii U’s new controllers communicating with the base unit properly.

“As we learned a bitter lesson with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, we are trying to take every possible measure so that the Wii U will have a successful launch,” said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

The lesson he speaks of is having a healthy number of games ready for launch. Based on our own research, it appears it’s not just 3rd parties Nintendo is waiting on. Nintendo itself needs more time to finish development on their own launch titles.  With Nintendo bleeding money, a disastrous 3DS launch earlier this year  and few Wii titles planned for release next year, the company needs Wii U sooner than later. They find themselves in another problematical situation where they want a solid launch library, which takes time; time they don’t have.  -TNGG

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