Nintendo President Admits Wii U's Problem is Lack of Software

Iwata says Premium model sells more than Basic and that price isn't an issue

Nintendo has been having a bit of trouble getting Wii U to connect with a wider audience, but according to company President Satoru Iwata, the console's price isn't the issue. Rather, as many have pointed out over the months, the issue lies with Wii U's lack of software.


While speaking with CVG, Iwata said, "The basic version should have sold a lot, but the fact of the matter is that people are buying more of the premium version. So the issue is not there." 


Recent reports showed a significant lack of sales for Nintendo's latest home console. While 3DS is doing just dandy, Wii U sold merely 160,000 units between April and July. Iwata acknowledges one of the key reasons behind this lack of momentum.


"I understand that the real issue is the lack of software, and the only solution is to provide the mass-market with a number of quality software titles," he said. 


It's easier said than done, of course, but hopefully Nintendo follows through and works hard on strengthening the Wii U lineup with more original, exclusive titles like the upcoming The Wonderful 101 from Platinum Games. I still think marketing is a big issue, too. From day one Nintendo did a really poor job of communicating what the Wii U is and why you should want one to the average consumer.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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