Gamers might be forgiven to assume the DS is reaching the end of its lifespan since the 3DS is almost available worldwide, but perhaps we should be a bit more optimistic about the Wii?
In terms of titles that are developed or published by Nintendo, things are looking rather quiet for this coming year; with Europe finally getting Kirby's Epic Yarn last month, and Mario Sports Mix serving up some multiplayer fun, 2011 seems to have got off to a relatively low-key start. There are some Wii titles that seem to have slipped off the radar, and the next big release that gamers know for sure won't get canceled is probably The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is due sometime this year.
Nintendo of America's President Reggie Fils-Aime wants to assure us that everything is fine though. According to Fils-Aime, the reason why we haven't seen much of upcoming Wii titles is because the company doesn't want to put too much on its plate too quickly. Speaking to IGN, the stateside boss explained:
We have had to effectively prepare for the launch of 3DS as well as effectively prepare for the launch of Pokémon Black and White... Candidly, we've pushed out some Wii launches so we can focus on our handheld business. We're already juggling two big balls [3DS and Pokémon]. To add a third would be a little bit challenging. Or a fourth or a fifth.
Regarding what gamers can expect to see more of this year, Fils-Aime spoke about the pace at which titles will be revealed and elaborated on:
We're waiting to space things out and let Pokémon Black and White and 3DS live and breathe out there. But there's content coming and we'll be sharing more in the weeks ahead. We'll be bringing some content out before E3 and then certainly at E3 we'll be sharing some news.
Hopefully, that means we'll get to hear/see more of that mysterious title that's currently known as Pandora's Tower. Although any information on the new Kirby platformer, Pikmin 3, Rhythm Heaven, or even the announcement that Japanese titles like Last Story or Xenoblade will be localised will also be welcomed with open arms. As will other brand new titles, of course!