Shigeru Miyamoto, one of Nintendo's best game designers, has had a recent string of phone interviews lately. Each interview with Miyamoto has focused on a different topic and gamers have been pleased with the results. On March 11, The New York Times interviewed Miyamoto to talk about the Wii U's future and potential.
In the interview, Miyamoto was asked numerous questions about violence in games and pressure about creating new titles. One of the pieces that really stand out in the interview is the Wii U not selling as much units as expected. Of course, since the Wii U is new, it's impossible to judge a system's success. When Miyamoto was asked if he was disappointed with the current sales of the Wii U, he mentioned how he thinks the Wii U still has a long life ahead of it.
"I think that the Wii U still has a long future. We really view it as being the ideal device that families are going to want to have connected to that screen in the living room that everyone is going to gather around and watch." Said Miyamoto. "Certainly in the short term I would want to see it performing with probably a little more momentum. I think in the long term I’m not at a point where I’m concerned yet."
Based off of these statements that Miyamoto made, he really isn't worried about the system's long term potential. Of course, Nintendo and everyone in the company would love to see the Wii U perform with slightly better numbers, but since Nintendo never marketed the system besides a few commercials that lasted for a few weeks.
It's extremely possible that the Wii U, when launched in November 2012, was actually a "soft launch" where the system launched quietly to get ready for a huge marketing campaign for the 2013 holidays. With the system launching quietly, systems would have a lesser chance of going out of stock. This "soft launch" idea is possible, but nothing is confirmed. Wii U has a promised future and Miyamoto strongly believes this as well as every Wii U owner out there.