While some debate whether the Wii U is early or late to the party, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime wasted no time in declaring it the start of something brand new.
“This is absolutely the beginning of a new generation,” Fils-Aime said during an interview with Kotaku just moments before the midnight release of the Wii U. “With the innovation we’re bringing to bear, with the social community we’re bringing to bear, [and] with the video entertainment we’re bringing to bear, I think this is the start of a new generation. I think those who say otherwise are clearly trying to preserve sales on their current hardware. This is definitely the start of a new day.”
Some remain speculative. With Sony and Microsoft both potentially releasing new systems as early as next year, the Wii U could be considered outdated tech in a very short period of time.
While the Wii U is currently scheduled to have as many as 50 games available by March- the “launch window” as Nintendo has been referring to it- Reggie says Nintendo may have a few tricks up their sleeves. “I think we will continue to surprise the fans with announcements and information,” Fils-Aime said. “I would not go so far as to say you know everything in our launch window.”
More games aren’t the only thing on the horizon. Nintendo is also scheduled to launch the Wii U’s much-hyped TVii service. The service, which will allow users to integrate their Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and cable feeds into one on-demand video-viewing portal, is scheduled for release this December. The service was originally supposed to be available at launch, but Fils-Aime says it was delayed to ensure the quality met Nintendo’s standards.
“The fact that we are now launching it in December reinforces some key truisms about Nintendo: We launch a product when it is perfect in our eyes, not just because a certain date in the calendar has come up. Probably any other company would have launched it tonight.”
In the past, early console releases have been both harmful and beneficial to developers. While some may point to the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast, others may look at the Playstation 2, which consistently outsold both the Nintendo Gamecube and the original Xbox, despite releasing a year before both.
Which way the Wii U goes still remains to be seen. Let us know what you think in the comments below.