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Fils-Aime: 3DS and Pokemon took priority over Wii

Sparse release schedule a result of company's focus on handheld

Reggie Fils-Aime has told press that the sparse first-party release schedule for the Wii this year is largely the result of Nintendo focusing on getting 3DS out to market.

Nintendo's only currently scheduled big title for Wii is Zelda: Skyward Sword - with Kirby's Epic Yarn and Mario Sports Mix its only recent releases. However, that will change, said Fils-Aime, claiming the company has not abandoned its console.

"We have had to effectively prepare for the launch of 3DS as well as effectively prepare for the launch of Pokémon Black and White," Fils-Aime told IGN.

"Candidly, we've pushed out some Wii launches so we can focus on our handheld business. We're already juggling two big balls. To add a third would be a little bit challenging. Or a fourth or a fifth.

"We're waiting to space things out and let Pokémon Black and White and 3DS live and breathe out there. But there's content coming and we'll be sharing more in the weeks ahead. We'll be bringing some content out before E3 and then certainly at E3 we'll be sharing some news."

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