Nintendo has more Wii U games to announce
posted on 07.05.13 at 08:13 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Iwata promises "brand-new types of games."

At E3, Nintendo announced new Wii U games like Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Wii Party U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Super Smash Bros. But there’s more to come, according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

“At the start of the E3 show this year, we announced our Wii U software lineup until 2014 mainly through Nintendo Direct, rather than holding a large-scale presentation as we did in previous years,” Iwata told shareholders during Nintendo’s 73rd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. “However, we did not announce all of the games to be released during this period.”

E3 is for fans eager for information on “so-called traditional games,” Iwata said. “Therefore, we first tried to inform consumers of the software lineup to relieve those who might think that they should have waited to buy Wii U until more games were released or those who might be concerned whether the software lineup will be really be enriched in the future.”

According to Iwata, there are “brand-new types of games” in development that Nintendo doesn’t want to announce until we’re closer to release.

“On the other hand, when it comes to brand-new types of games, we have to announce them not too far in advance of the actual release dates in order to have a strong impact in the market and minimize the chance of others introducing similar or competing products,” Iwata said. “We are working on new types of games, but we would like to announce them much closer to their actual release timings for this reason.”

Read the full meeting transcript here.

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  • Calvin Chikelue

    Tempering my expectations

  • Sophitia

    What about the Wii U/3DS region free petition? Any effect?

    • Silver Citizen

      Nintendo replied with a flat out no.

      • Bobby Jennings


  • Keegs79

    I won’t keep my hopes up. Nintendo has been letting me down a lot lately and my Wii U isn’t going to get anything I really want until freakin next year.

  • RmanX1000

    Probably another New Super Mario Bros game..

    • AnimusVox

      New Super Mario Bros. U 2 now with an additional dog costume and a couple more goombas or whatever.

      • fallen


  • Sevyne

    With how lackluster the Wii U’s library has been, Nintendo aren’t really in a position to keep games a secret. If E3 was meant to assure us that the Wii U is worth having or getting then they didn’t do a good job at it.

    My Wii U has been just collecting dust. After almost a year on shelves I shouldn’t still be waiting for like one or two games.

  • Claude

    I like the fact that they didn’t blow their whole load at E3 and still have some tricks up their sleeves.

  • DJIzana

    Nintendo may be doing poor on the Wii U side but they are SOLID on the 3DS side. People seem to be forgetting the Wii U isn’t the only thing that makes them money.

    • Sevyne

      We don’t forget this, but why would their 3DS success matter to us folks waiting for Wii U games? Nobody with a brain thinks Nintendo is doomed, but that doesn’t make it smart to play keep-away with games on a console that absolutely NEEDS games.

    • Marco Tinè

      If the 3DS business alone could make up for the troubled WiiU affaire, maybe Nintendo wouldn’t be as worried as it publicly seems to be. And the shareholders wouldn’t be as severe as they are right now with Iwata. This situation is hurting them beyond any doubt.

      • Locksus

        I sincerely hope Nintendo manages to do with the Wii U what they did with the 3DS, which is release great games that really help the system to pick up in sales.
        I hope Pikmin 3 starts selling some system, then TW101 and finally SM3DW and Donkey Kong later this year.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Yeah sure, and you Nintendo used to be awesome before the Gamecube was released. I love you Nintendo but you Milk the shit out of Mario more than anything else, and barely create any new console franchises.

    • Locksus

      I don’t agree with you. I strongly believe that Nintendo should bring back some of their old, forgotten franchises (Star Fox for example) rather than make a new IP.

      Think about it, Nintendo has so many different IPs that cover many different genres that it would be hard to make a new one. They’ve got lots of platformers, a kart racer, RPGs, Action adventure titles, sports titles, a shooter and some life simulators to boot, like Animal Crossing. And there are more I didn’t mention.

      So I ask you again, do you REALLY believe Nintendo should create another IP? They’ve got lots of different IPs in their pocket already.

      • Marco Tinè

        If I can step in, I think they really do. I’s not a matter of having enough IPs to cover a wide variety of genres, it’s a public image thing first.

        The main problem with Nintendo is that they can’t rely solely on their hardcore fanbase anymore – we’re talking about people generally happy with the reiteration of the same heroes and same brands. But what about who’s “outside the box”?

        As long as Nintendo insists on introducing new mechanics within the same brands, they won’t ever shatter the bubble they’re in, which is what they need the most at the moment. The general public has strong prejudices about what a Mario game or a Zelda game are supposed to be, that’s exactly why they don’t even bother about the WiiU.

        The “novelty” factor is crucial. I don’t think Nintendo has ever lost its knack for clever and innovative design: they just need to deliver it in new shapes and new brands, with a solid and convinced marketing push, in order to gather some attention outside the loyal fanbase.

        How much can you expand if you still cater to the same people again and again? I agree with you when you say there are neglected brands in Nintendo’s portfolio, but I don’t see how their resurrection could help the WiiU.

        Showing “brand new types of games” actually could, as long as they comes as new brands. Sorry for the overwhelmingly long reply.

        • Locksus

          Interesting. And no need to apologize for the long reply because I really like to get thoughtful responses.

          I agree with you that they need to draw new people in with the Wii U like they did with the Wii by introducing motion controls and casual games for everyone.
          However Wii U is a different story, because its main attraction isn’t motion control anymore. I like to think that Nintendo platforms have almost always been for the people who want that great Nintendo experience.

          But as you and I have said, drawing new people in is always important, so I’m wondering what new experiences could they offer that gets new people interested in the platform. It certainly cannot be the motion controls anymore, because they’re driving the 2-screen experience with the Wii U, which I think is great.

          I’m still wondering that what kind of a new game could they actually do to draw new those new audiences in? A new Zelda-ish action adventure title, or perhaps a brand-new platformer?
          Whatever they decide to create, the chances are that they have a similar IP already.

          Besides, more often than not familiar faces really help sell the game better. Now, I’m not against new IP at all here, but I can’t help but to wonder what kind of new experience could they deliver to draw new audiences in? Sorry if I repeated myself over and over again in my post, but I hope I got my point across.

          • Marco Tinè

            Repetition is okay if you have to clear out your point :) Let’s dig in this passage of yours here: “Whatever they decide to create, the chances are that they have a similar IP already. Besides, more often than not familiar faces really help sell the game better”.

            All true. That’s the main reason why Nintendo is sticking with the same IP. I can get that: they need to ensure returns for any investment they do, in order to please shareholders. But Iwata promised them some expansion, too.

            I feel like Nintendo has reached some sort of empasse with its fanbase – they can’t expand it anymore without resorting to other means. The question is, how should they do that? Creating new material is the first and probably the best idea I can come up with.

            As you have already said, there’s a risk of overlapping brands there, but how many software houses out there specialises on an single genre and creates at least 2 or 3 games with different art styles and mechanics? These elements are key for variety. Think about Platinum Games, for instance.

            Am I suggesting Nintendo should give up their historical heroes, brands or style? No, of course not, especially in a moment like this where they absolutely need returns. But in the viewpoint of expansion, they should at least try something different, whether it is new brands or exploring other market spaces (mobile?).

            Look, I’m not a marketing expert. I hate it when Mr. Pachter comes up with his usual rants against Nintendo, but there’s a tiny shard of truth deep down his reasoning: Nintendo has to do something, anything to bring WiiU sales back up on a satisfying level, which is incredibly hard to do when you’re afraid of risky investments.

            They should give up this (legitimate and justified) fear, if they want to compete in the same hardcore space they wanted to tackle back again with the WiiU. The competition is incredibly strong this time around: what better time to let in some new heroes and save the day? :)

            • Locksus

              “I feel like Nintendo has reached some sort of empasse with its fanbase – they can’t expand it anymore without resorting to other means.” I kind of agree with you.
              Fortunately, both Iwata and Reggie have stated that they are trying to release games for the Wii U that appeal to many different age groups and audiences.
              They’re appealing to the traditional Nintendo fans that want Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Mario Kart and so on, but the are trying to cover some new ground also with The Wonderful 101 and especially Bayonetta 2, which is great since Nintendo doesn’t have too many hack ‘n slash/pure action titles. I hope they’ll continue to support Platinum Games and other companies that create great action titles.

              You mentioned that they could consider releasing their games on mobile platforms, but Iwata has already said “no” to such claims and I think it could hurt their hardware business in the long run. Sure, they could reap great profits from releasing Mario on Android/iOS, but I think it would eventually end up hurting Nintendo.

              • Marco Tinè

                Mmmm… assessing this sort of situations from a customer standpoint can be very tricky. There’s something I think we agree about anyway: no matter how Nintendo will position itself in the upcoming generation, everybody needs them to stay around. There’s a uniqueness about Nintendo that is highly inspirational and useful for this industry. Let’s cross fingers and hope they can turn the tables on their struggling home console business.

                • Locksus

                  I wholeheartedly agree. I really like what Nintendo does with their games. They are all very unique and most importantly fun experiences.

                  Fortunately though, Nintendo has always managed to go against unfavourable odds and turn the tables.

    • anti

      Mario is Nintendo’s mascot, so it’s not surprising for the company to feature the character in a different variety of games, even Sonic’s the same, and Sony’s doing that with Uncharted already if you consider about their card game or even Little Big Planet with their version of a kart racer game. Furthermore most of the Mario games are different from each series, you can’t really claim Mario Strikers, Mario Galaxy, and Mario 3D Land are exactly the same thing.
      People tend to ignore the fact Nintendo did introduce several new IPs recently for the 3DS, such as Steel Diver, Dillon’s Rolling Western, Sakura Samurai, Pushmo, Tomodachi Collection, etc. As for the Wii, they released Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Wii Music, Endless Ocean, Captain Rainbow, Excitebots, Zangeki no Reginleiv, Xenoblade, The Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, and many others. So your claim “barely create any new console franchises” is false.

  • Zackasaur

    Well, I would hope so.

  • Fantasytales

    well nintendo u show me the games n i will buy the wii U. i have bought every nintendo console mainly because they got the games i wanted give me that reason n i will buy the WII U.

  • $30632660

    Those games must be coming out in 2015 if they wasn’t announced.

  • shogunknight

    Brand new “types” of games, seems like they are working hard on trying to deliver something else using the WiiUs abilities. Probably going to be games in the areas of WiiFit and Brain Trainer. Either way, theyve got my attention!!

  • McPoo

    I’ll believe it when I seeit, Nintendo. I would love some new types of games from you,especially for the Wii U, but I really am skeptical.

    Still, anythings got to be better than more NSMB!

  • Gilgamesh2025

    I should hope so too!

  • Aiddon

    Nintendo, the only game company around who knows not to show off all your tricks at one show

  • xMCXx

    So, more games for 2014, even though the Wii U needs them now.
    Hopefully, every one of those isn’t the new Mario Party, Golf, Football, Basket Weaving and so on.

    • AdamBoy64

      I’m hoping one of them is a sequel to Mario Strikers Charged Football. That was probably my favourite multiplayer game last gen.

      • xMCXx

        Yeah, that one was pretty good.

        Though, Nintendo really released the Wii U way too early.

  • Elvick

    More games that I’m sure will be years away from release. As per usual.

    I don’t mind games a ways away from release being announced, but Nintendo has been announcing too many games like that so they can tote a laundry list of games “coming at some point in the future”. I’d rather see “what’s coming soon”.

    • kuusou yume

      Yeah. Especially after the recent news about Nintendo underestimating the develop time for “next gen” games.

      I sold my Wii U and will buy another one when there’s at least 5 games I must play available.

  • TwinTails

    I wasn’t expecting most of the responses to this to be so cynical. In addition to the third party exclusives and Nintendo games they have yet to announce coming in 2014, it’s clear that 2013 just isn’t Nintendo’s year.

    The Wii U took off at launch and plateaued in the following months, with greedy developers and condescending analyst dooming the system. Could it be that Ninty is simply having a stroke of bad luck with their new console.

    They admitted themselves that HD development proved harder than expected and that some games had to be delayed. Despite that, they strive to take matters into their own hands and boost install base by attending Disney World and sponsoring the Tour De France.

    • anti

      I’ll definitely be flamed for this, but I was not surprised about Nintendo hiding their projects. There are definitely a lot of companies who tend to copy a lot of Nintendo’s games or ideas (Sony’s the current biggest culprit of this: Playstation All Stars). The usual routine is always Nintendo releases something unique, other companies copy, they get credit from fanboys claiming they’re more innovative than Nintendo.
      As for the cynicism found on this site, don’t be surprised about it. hating Nintendo about everything they do is the most popular trend for many years already, regardless if it’s warranted or not.

      • TwinTails

        The cynicism further destroys Gemastu’s image as a credible and mature discussion site, and I can say I’m already starting to miss Siliconera.

        And of course neither PSABR or LBkarting have lived up to expectations and faded into obscurity as a result. There has been countless Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and Mario Party clones that cant substitute for the original, and we can’t forget about the PS move. In return, Nintendo had to put a firm grip on their announcement schedule.

        • Zero

          I don’t think its fair to let one comment/opinion represent an entire community.

          I don’t even want to get into a discussion about which company made what first, or who cloned who and whatnot.

          I know lots of the media ripped Nintendo for what they showed at e3 this year. In my opinion, they showed some great stuff. Unfortunately, The 2014 release dates brought much of the excitement down a few notches.

          I also think Nintendo has to consider price cuts. This current Wii U situation reminds me of the 3DS early on. They cut the price, which helped even things out until more software started to be released.

          It’s also different because the Wii U is a console. I think they need to separate themselves from the competition. I’m just not quite sure how to do that.

          I think more connectivity between 3DS and Wii U could be cool. I also would love to see Nintendo really do cool stuff with online. One thing Nintendo is known for, they take standard features and insert that Nintendo magic, which creates new innovative experiences.

          That’s what they did with the Mario Galaxy series. It was a brand new way to not only play Mario, it brought new life to the platform genre. I remember playing it and saying – This feels like something only Nintendo could make. It was really awesome.

          I’m still looking for this type of game changer from Nintendo on the Wii U.

          Back to the online stuff. I really think Nintendo could apply that Nintendo magic here. If they would commit, I think they could create amazing innovative online experiences.

          I’m not sure which franchise they could use for this, perhaps they could make something new. They might already be doing this? That would be cool.

          It all goes back to time here. They put themselves in a tough spot competitively with the Wii U.

          Feel free to reply. I hope you do. =)

    • McPoo

      What annoys me is that there are certain things that should be considered standard at this stage. A decent online setup for example, with easy to use messaging and friend list.

      Nintendo have had years to look at how Sony and Microsoft do things, and to develop something of a similar level of quality to that. Yet they haven’t. We’re left with what feels like an afterthought.

      They’re too focused on their next wacky control gimmick to pay attention to what’s going on around them. And I honestly think they cocked up with the GamePad. Mario Kart 8 isn’t coming out until next year, and according to Eurogamer’s preview yesterday, all they’re doing with the Gamepad is off-tv play (which is a nice feature, and very useful), and having a map on it. How can they expect other people to make good use of the GamePad when Nintendo themselves don’t even know what to do with it? The best use so far was ZombiU, and even then TLoU and other games in the past have proven that having a second screen is not essential for that.

      I’ve had my Wii U since launch and it’s been nothing but a disappointment. It’s slow, even after the update it’s far slower than a supposedly ‘next-gen’ console should be, the games have been unimpressive on a technical level (LC:U was great fun, looked and played like a PS360 game though), and just generally isn’t worth the time or money.

      You could call it a stroke of bad luck, I’d chalk it up to them simply making some mistakes though.

  • AdamBoy64

    I think it’d be great to get details of the next mainstream Mario title. That or a sneak peek at what the future of Zelda is.

    Third party support is good – and is important – but nothing comes to mind that I’m really wanting on Wii U.

    • McPoo

      I’m considering getting Watch Dogs for Wii U. I won’t getting a proper next gen console at launch, so will have to either get it for PS360 or Wii U, and I’ve read that out of those 3 versions, the Wii U might be the best one.