1DGGamesFri 14th Jun 2013 so as some might now, this year I had the chance to go to E3 invited by Nintendo, with access to their Business Partner Presentation among other stuff (much better than going on my own last year too ) I got some very interesting information from them that I wanted to share: 1. The Wii U is doing bad. Really bad, and Nintendo is fully aware. They are greatly increasing the Wii U marketing budget to help that. Not only that, they are also throwing all their big guns at it and created the biggest first-party streak of games in Nintendo's history (According to Nintendo themselves) 2. "Software drives hardware" was a big theme for Nintendo. They are sure the stream of awesome games coming to Wii U will do the same thing Mario Kart and Mario 3D Land did for the 3DS. 3. Right now, 3DS is the only platform with year-over-year growth, so the Wii U isn't the only one doing bad 4. Nintendo is very aware of the "smartphone and tablets" threat. However, numbers show it really isn't as big of a threat as some people online want to make it look: Before the first iPhone even launched, the mobile market was bringing in around $900 million US dollars in revenue, and 60% of it was for Nintendo. Right now, the mobile market is bringing $1.2 billion US dollars per year, and Nintendo's share actually increased above 60%. Even though hardware-wise the dedicated mobile gaming category is only 25% of the market, it still accounts for most of the profits thanks to software. It is true that people buy lots of inexpensive phone games, but 3DS games can still sell better and produce more profits. 5. Nintendo apologized for the Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon retail shortage in the US and other countries. They promised to try and improve that from now on. 6. Pokémon is as aline as ever. A $1.6 billion / year franchise that always takes the market by storm. Every time a core Pokémon title launches, software and hardware sales for the platform it comes out to explode. 7. Wii U has the highest satisfaction levels (90%) so it isn't a question of "is the console good" but rather "how can we show people what Wii U is". They believe having great games available is the key to show people why they need the Wii U. 8. Monster Hunter 3, LEGO Batman 2, Angry Brids Trilogy and Resident Evil: Revelations all sold insanely well on 3DS, well above internal projections. 9. Mario Party 3D will have 81 minigames, 6 characters and 4 player local and online multiplayer (still work in progress, online multiplayer is not guaranteed to make the cut) 10. No Basic / Deluxe rebranding or recall. No ETA for international support on eShop. No ETA for 3DS Nintendo Network (planned by December 2013, no info to share right now). There's still a lot more information but I would like to ask if there's any game you would like to know more info about? Again, I have direct access to Nintendo only, so if it is a third party game can't guarantee much information. Last but not least, this is the currently confirmed launch dates for games: 3DS: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Aug11 Pokemon X & Y Oct12 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds November Mario Party November 2014 Yoshi's New Island (2-player, gyroscope support) Wii U: Game & Wario June23 New Super Luigi U (June 20 DLC, Aug25 Retail) Pikmin 3 Aug 4 The Wonderful 101 Sept15 The Legend of Zelda: The Widnwaker HD October Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 - November Wii Party U October Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze November Wii Fit U December Super Mario 3D World December 2014 Mario Kart 8 Spring 2014 Smash Bros 2014 Games not on that list are not expected to launch before July 2014. Game developer and gamer.