At a recent Nintendo investor’s financial briefing, Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata has confirmed the Wii U will launch in Japan, US, Europe and Australia, but he cannot say anything about the release date, price or the launch titles.
“Regarding the Wii U, just as we have been saying until now…We will showcase the final format, and discuss the details and the software lineup for this year at E3 2012, which will be held in Los Angeles in the United States in June this year.
“Also, in the week after the E3 show, we would like to organize an opportunity where we can showcase the same to the Japanese wholesalers and financial analysts who cannot attend the E3 show. The people in our appropriate sections will let you know as soon as we have settled on further details.“
“Please also be advised that, as we did for previous platforms that were launched in the year-end sales season, we will announce the launch date and price in each market sometime after E3.”
“The sales numbers of the hardware and software sales for the Wii include those for the Wii U to be launched in this year-end sales season. Also, please note that the numbers of sales of the software for the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U include those to be downloaded through the digital distribution we plan to implement in this fiscal year, but exclude the Virtual Console software or download-only software.”
“As for the software sales as our revenue base, we expect an increase in the sales of the Nintendo 3DS from the last fiscal year. From this fiscal term, we will be in the harvest time for the software sales of the Nintendo 3DS. However, we have a more conservative sales forecast than that of the Nintendo DS for the third year, considering the fact that the momentum of the Nintendo 3DS overseas has not reached our anticipated level, unlike the domestic market.”
“On the other hand, we think that the software sales of the Nintendo DS and the Wii will rather significantly decrease due to the small number of games scheduled in this fiscal year. We don’t anticipate that the software sales of the Wii U can compensate for the decrease in those of the Wii because the Wii U will be launched as late as in the holiday season and then the total unit sales of the Wii U will be limited in this fiscal year. This is one of the reasons our business performance inevitably fluctuates when we change platforms.”
“On Nintendo Direct last week, we announced the release of “New Super Mario Bros. 2” in August. We plan to launch it in the U.S. and European markets in the same month.“
“Some people say that this software will be released earlier than expected. Last year, we failed to keep the momentum of the Nintendo 3DS from summer to autumn until the release of two “Mario” titles in the European and U.S. markets, which delayed the beginning of the year-end sales season and we eventually missed our goal of the sales forecast for the full fiscal term. We plan to launch the Wii U in this year-end sales season, so we decided to release this new title in August to vitalize the market from this summer to autumn.”