Final version of Wii U for E3 2012

Satoru Iwata regrets "bitter lesson" of 3DS launch

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the Wii U will be showcased at E3 next year.

In an investor presentation following the company's recent financial results, Iwata explained that E3 2012 will feature the final version of the Wii U.

"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," he said.

In the same presentation, Iwata also promised more consistent software launches and "new genres" for the troubled 3DS.

Last week, Nintendo posted a net loss of ¥70 billion for the sixth month period ending September 30, 2011.

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Liam Stockley Studying Computer Science, Nottingham Trent University9 years ago
Such a shame they rushed into E3 this year with what little they had. Hopefully they have a very strong showing next year, with excellent software, finalized hardware and more confidence.
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Andrew Clayton QA Weapons Tester, Electronic Arts9 years ago
While it would be nice to see some hardware improvements (i.e. multi-touch screen), I would really love to see a better demo game than "beat-based pirate ship captain orders his ninja minions to fire plungers that you have to block with an invisible shield". Even for a demonstration "game" it was awful.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
I know we can all expect and rely on the usual Zelda and Super Mario and Mario Kart, but I would really like to see Ninty come out of the blocks with some new core IPs. I think that's been their biggest failing in the last couple of generations - I would like to see them introduce some new characters, or try some new genres rather than relying on the same old (admittedly very good) games to carry them through every generation).
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Paul Gheran Scrum Master 9 years ago
"Last week, Nintendo posted a net loss of ¥70 billion for the sixth month period ending September 30, 2011."

Oh no! Losing 70 billion yen every month for 6 months! Poor Nintendo.
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Georges Paz Programmer, technical director and CEO, Psychoz Interactive9 years ago
Nintendo must stop their arrogance, they've learned the lesson the hard way (loosing billions and billions of $). Customers are now aware of a good product and "specially" a justified good price. The 3DS launch was a failure cause Nintendo lack of third party support (coupled ultra secretive way of handling business) but mostly because of their ridiculous price.
I used to love Nintendo games (hell i grew up playing N games). But i wont touch any of of big N games/hardware for a while.
I may have a deal with Sony on the Vita platform (they are really supporting third parties dev) but that's out of this subject scope.
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Byoung Han Programmer 9 years ago
Most of the profit comes from out side of Japan, and currently yen is very expensive. So loss is not that great? Anyways I really want to see some new genres. I dont want to buy Wii or 3ds cause I still like mario kart+game cube.
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Fieaz Ismail9 years ago

I really don't see the point in a multi-touch screen on the controller. It's not a smartphone or tablet, it has several other buttons on it which negates the need for a multi-touch screen. Multi-touch is necessary when your only input option is a touch screen. Wii U doesn't have this problem.
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