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Nintendo admits Wii U problem is Gamepad but plans to stick with it

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The Gamepad for the Wii U will be sticking around. (Nintendo)

Nintendo held a financial meeting in Japan Thursday where president Saturo Iwata addressed the issues with the Wii U following the console's disastrous holiday performance.

While some have speculated that Nintendo may abandon the Wii U as a whole or just the Gamepad controller by itself, Iwata announced that the the company will focus on raising the profile of the controller. According to a series of tweets from analyst David Gibson and a liveblog from the Wall Street Journal, the Nintendo head admitted that the Gamepad is a major weakness.

Going forward, Nintendo will put a priority on games that will make the most of the Wii U Gamepad and plans to reveal titles that will take advantage of its NFC capabilities during E3. Additionally, the company is working on highspeed start up of the controller so that upcoming games like Mario Kart 8 can be played quickly without the TV.

Iwata also ruled out a price cut for the Wii U but did say that the Nintendo Network ID is important for the company to bring together users of both the handheld and home console.

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