Nintendo President Comments On First Party Wii Lineup

By Spencer . October 29, 2009 . 7:54am

image “We didn’t release strong software continually [for the Wii] and let the good mood cool down,” said Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, in an earnings press conference.

 

In Japan, Nintendo started the year with New Play Control: Mario Power Tennis and other New Play Control titles. This strategy allowed Nintendo to release roughly one first party game a month. Unfortunately, their made for Wii titles such as Takt of Magic and Another Code R weren’t blockbuster hits.

 

Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe only published a portion of Japan’s line up so games were spread out more overseas.

 

Take a look at Nintendo of Japan’s line up and decide if it was weak, strong or needs key franchises like Pokemon to keep the Wii growing.

 

January
New Play Control: Mario Tennis

 

February
Another Code R
New Play Control: Metroid Prime

 

March
New Play Control: Pikmin 2

 

May
Takt of Magic

 

June
New Play Control: Chibi-Robo
New Play Control: Metroid Prime 2
Wii Sports Resort

 

July
Punch-Out!!

 

September
Endless Ocean 2

 

October
Wii Fit Plus
Sin & Punishment 2

 

November
Mario & Sonic at the Vancouver Olympics

 

December
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Big Adventure


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  • Soma

    If you ask me, Punch-out!! and Mario & Sonic were the only two big hits Nintendo had this past year.
    Just my opinion, though. I’m sure NDP sales charts will prove me wrong!

  • Dasuzero

    Still half-convinced Nintendo is (in subtle ways) slightly sabotaging some second and third party releases, Takt of Magic and Another Code R being somewhat decent examples.

    • cowcow

      And Fatal Frame IV.

      And sabotoging their own title: Disaster Day of Crisis

  • ElTopo

    They released Metroid Prime Trilogy as 3 separate titles in Japan? Ouch. That’s some bullshit.

  • Code

    rar, Nintendo’s line up all this year and even the year prior (starting around May) has been weaksauce, imo. Both 1st and 3rd party titles both, not saying there hasn’t been rare titles that were exceptional but, maan I just haven’t been feeling like Nintendo’s been competitive lately with the 360 and PS3 from the hardcore perspective.

  • malek86

    “We didn’t release strong software continually [for the Wii] and let the good mood cool down,”

    Well, they have no one to blame but themselves. Did they think they could just sit on their thumbs all day?

    • Saturnus

      Agreed. I think being in ‘first place’ has made them particularly lazy. I see absolutely no blockbuster hits, at least a couple of them are decent games but the rest… Whatever. GameCube port overload to say the least. :s

      They’re gonna have to pick it up next year, the Wii isn’t going to sell like hotcakes forever. Their shtick is wearing off, I’m not ‘wowed’ by the Wii anymore.

      Pick it up, Nintendo.

    • jarrodand

      I think Nintendo expected 3rd parties to step it up a bit more in Wii’s 3rd year, like they did on DS. Outside Monster Hunter, that hasn’t really happened though so far.

  • Advent_Andaryu

    Wii releases this year really weren’t that good. I mean, Muramasa and Metroid Prime Trilogy were good titles, but that’s not enough I think.

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii will probably be Nintendo’s saving grace. I didn’t even like NSMB DS but I cannot wait for the Wii version.

  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    At least they realize this, but what are they going to do about it?
    I’m not the type that really keeps up with first party Wii games, but looking at that list – yikes! I haven’t played all those games and there are some really solid looking ones there, but I don’t see how anyone can hold their nose for Nintendo Wii games. I’d feel sorry for anyone that does ’cause they deserve better than that.

    I like how they handled the N64; release one or two big titles a year, real gangbuster games, then publish quality games directed to a little more solid audience, like what Rare was doing.
    I think that’s part of it. Big N doesn’t have something like Rare by their side to fill in the gaps.

  • jimbo101

    in all this wheres the “player choice” games? ZELDA? WARIO? MARIO? Nintendo needs to do more!!!

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