According to a report today from VG 24/7, Nintendo said they’re confident that the Wii U lineup of both third- and first-party games will lead to a strong holiday season and a wider audience for the next-gen console.
In an interview with Forbes, Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt said Nintendo still has strong relationships with third party game publishers like Ubisoft, Disney, SEGA and Warner Bros., but they still need to continue to build the installed base of Wii U owners to show developers that making Wii U games is a good investment.
“We don’t see this as an either-or proposition. Nintendo is in the unique position of being both a hardware manufacturer as well as a software producer,” Moffitt said.
‘We want Wii U to be the console that every developer wants to publish on.”
Moffitt said the company’s third party support is important to draw in a more diverse audience, and that Nintendo is confident that its “great lineup in the second half of the year” will bring in more buyers and thus more developers.
Early last month, however, Bethesda executive Pete Hines said Nintendo has already missed the boat on gaining developer support for the Wii U, falling behind next-gen consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Hines said Nintendo, along with any gaming system producer, needs to spend a lot of time upfront working with developers on new consoles, otherwise publishers and developers won’t adapt to the new machine.
“If you’re just going sort off deciding ‘we’re going to make a box and this is how it works and you should make games for it.’ Well, no. No is my answer,” Hines said.