Miyamoto admits too few Wii games in 2009

Nintendo designer muses on whether 2008 was the peak year for current generation

Nintendo design guru Shigeru Miyamoto has admitted that the company was "not able to produce fun-enough products" in 2009, but that the current generation console market has not yet reached saturation point.

Speaking to financial website The Economist, apparently before the announcements of the 3DS, Miyamoto was asked how he interpreted the general slowdown in sales for videogames in 2009.

He suggested that "any entertainment products are less susceptible to changes in the economy", but admitted that Nintendo had not produced enough fun products during 2009.

This admission echoes comments made by Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata last October, when he stated that "we were unable to continually release strong software" during 2009.

Together with expansion Wii Fit Plus, New Super Mario Bros. Wii was the only major new release from Nintendo last Christmas, with Wii Sports Resort the only significant release during the earlier part of the year.

Despite the dissatisfaction voiced by both of Nintendo's most prominent executives the volume of new titles has not obviously increased in 2010, with the first major first party AAA title - in the form of Super Mario Galaxy 2 - not due until May in North America and June in Europe.

When asked by The Economist whether he felt the market was becoming saturated, Miyamoto answered: "Some may call 2008 the peak year for the current generation of videogames. But there is always the opportunity to further expand videogame entertainment, and invite more people to enjoy playing."

"There is no fixed demand for entertainment in general, and videogames are not an exception. As long as we can create something new, which can offer some unprecedented experience, there is always demand we can create," he added.

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Latest comments (7)

Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University9 years ago
Nintendo has a thing of making lot of it games for when somthing 1st comes out, but not a lot when it gets in to it mid years.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 9 years ago
It's great to see a corporate leader admit mistakes and be humble about it, I think he's setting an example to show his appreciation that you don't need to make excuses. Recognise what you need to do to improve and concentrate on that. A complete contrast to Sonys fanboy attacks against Nintendo which in my opinion is rather arrogant. Sony should concentrate on their own improvements, Nintendo will deal with their own. Concentrate on the titles Nintendo.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 9 years ago
The funny thing is that at the beginning third parties complained about too many strong Nintendo first party games killed their market and last year, there were a lot less first party games but still third parties were complaining about Nintendo not doing enough to sustain the momentum of the console. Either way, it is Nintendo's fault and third parties are always right.
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Simon Peter9 years ago
Iwata and Miyamoto were always quite humble, and realistic, that is good, as it increases their credibility. For example when they say something like "the Move is not a threat", or "a Wii HD would be useless" I know that this is not just marketing talk, but they honestly this is what they believe, because if they would believe the opposite, they would just honestly say that.

Haven Tso: "third parties are always right"? I hope you were sarcastic.
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Tony Johns9 years ago
I believe that the years 2007 and 2008 were really crazy for the industry...but last year was a little low key as people in the industry needed time to make new games and the creativity had to be changed thanks to Wii Motion Plus... but I felt that even in the bigger years of 07 and 08 there was a huge ammount of rubbish games that I felt it was a relief that they slowed down on the glut of games that were coming out.

Also, 3rd parties were better last year in 09, with Nintendo being low key other than Wii Sports Resort and New Super Mario Bros, it allowed a few 3rd party games to shine a bit.

They will find it hard this year though, with Nintendo set to release 2 or 3 really BIG games in 2010 and 2011.

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The casual market has slowed on the Wii - and its not the platform of choice for mature/core-gamer titles. Maybe 2010 can help turn that around.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 9 years ago
@Simon: Yeah I was being sarcastic :)
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