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Iwata: Wii has More to Offer, Unannounced Games on the Way

Posted by James Newton

Life in the old dog yet

Just because Nintendo is nearly ready to show off a new console doesn't mean incumbent home console the Wii is dead and buried. President Satoru Iwata is keen to keep the console alive, telling investors there are new games on the way every month of this year, with some unannounced titles too.

In Japan, Nintendo has only published one new Wii game this year — Mistwalker RPG The Last Story — but has new games planned every month from now until the end of the year, and not just ones we know about either.

Other new titles currently unannounced will be ready to be launched within this year. Before the launch of the Wii successor, we will be aiming at creating other excitement for Wii in Japan, which has a large installed base of Wii hardware.

Expect these games to be unveiled at what could be Wii's final E3 appearance.

[via officialnintendomagazine.co.uk]

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User Comments (36)

Cipher

#1

Cipher said:

I'd be very surprised if Wii didn't show up at next year's E3, even if only for a few titles. It'll probably be its last, though, much like this year's will probably be the last for the dear old DS.

Kirby's bound to be localised and following Rhythm Paradise's success in Europe I'd expect that to get the same treatment. As for Pandora's Tower and The Last Story, we can but hope.

Rapadash6

#2

Rapadash6 said:

As long as Skyward Sword is still a Wii only title, and will make it out this year, I think I'll be happy with just that. Everything else will just be icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned.

BlackShyGuy

#3

BlackShyGuy said:

They usually keep the old conosle going a good 6 months until the successor hits it stride.

zezhyrule

#4

zezhyrule said:

meh I need mah HD nao

tho Zelda: SS could still be interesting... not good but interesting...

pixelman

#5

pixelman said:

Interesting. I wonder what they've got up their sleeves? Seems like all their resources are going into crazy mad 3DS development and Wii 2 launch titles. I mean Last Story and Xenoblade are possible, but he said unannounced, right?

WarioFan63

#6

WarioFan63 said:

Some of the games Iwata's planning for the release-a-month thing include Goldeneye and Just Dance 2 so if Japan can get catch-up titles...

komicturtle

#8

komicturtle said:

That Kirby game I've been waiting for 5-6 years better make it out already. Less it's been moved again... to the next console :(

bboy2970

#12

bboy2970 said:

"We will be aiming at creating excitement in Japan" And the rest of the world? Come on! I'm getting kind of sick of Nintendo's undivided focus constantly being Japan Japan Japan. I realize they're a Japanese company but they make quite a few sales elsewhere in the world as well! This makes me worried that some of these last titles may not make there way out of Japan since that appears to be the only area Nintendo is interested in treating well. I hope to see a very big turn out for Wii at E3.

k8sMum

#13

k8sMum said:

uh oh...as soon as nintendo starts saying how they are still supporting a current system is when the death-watch beetle begins its rattling.........

rjejr

#14

rjejr said:

I was surprised at last years E3 by Kirby and Donkey Kong so I have hopes for new games for this holiday season. And I guess I'm in the minorty but I don't see the death of Wii just yet. 85 million is too good an install base to ignore, and if Cafe is $350 or more and hardcore there won't be a lot of upgrades in the senior centers and other children free adult homes. They are still selling the DS Lite. And the PS2 is $100 and new games available FIVE YEARS after the PS3 (though dieing now I think). Wiis could last a bit with Just Dance, Zumba sequels and SD versions of whatever big hits come out on Cafe. And I hope to god I was wrong in my last post about every Cafe game and remake having HD in the title, it's already killing me with the 3DS games.

ThumperUK

#15

ThumperUK said:

I've given up waiting for Pikmin 3.....after the play control releases got everyone thinking a new game would be announced soon. Pikmin are destined to remain only a VR Card

Rapenzie

#16

Rapenzie said:

Nintendo just have to reveal one game for Wii at E3 and that's Pikmin 3. Other than that just a release date for Zelda.

Token_Girl

#17

Token_Girl said:

I agree that SS is all I need and everything else is just icing on the cake (I still need to get a 3DS after all). I'm hoping to see more of Last Story and Pandora's tower. There's also WiiPlay M+ and hopefully rhythm paradise, so thats...5 games. If you're having trouble meeting that release schedule in the US, Nintendo, there's always NPC Pikmin 2...

TrueWiiMaster

#18

TrueWiiMaster said:

I'm kind of expecting Pikmin 3, what with Olimar being an AR card and all. Incidentally, I'm also hoping for Pikmin 3...

advance_melee

#20

advance_melee said:

ive only boughten one wii game this year — mario sports mix. it was fun but it didn't keep my interest long enough, unloke the new Mortal Kombat for 360. Now that's a real game.

Kid_A

#21

Kid_A said:

Well we know we've got Kirby, Rhythm Heaven, Skyward Sword and Pandora's Tower; plus, The Last Story seems pretty likely for a US release. That's already a pretty great year that caters to both the casual and hardcore audiences. If Nintendo really does have some tricks up their sleeves, I think this is going to end up being a really good year for Wii owners :)

TheGreenSpiny

#22

TheGreenSpiny said:

I think that Nintendo my finally release those games that are in the can but haven't been seen outside Japan (inside as the case may be). This means we may finally see Fatal Frame 4 & 5 here in the west along with Last Story, and maybe something older like Disaster: Day of Crisis. Though I have a bad feeling Token Girl may be right, which would suck because I have no interest in any of those games other than Zelda. Last Story and Pandora's Tower seem iffy at the moment to me.

GamersCorner

#25

GamersCorner said:

This is an expected PR move. They're not going to come out and say that the Wii is a dead system or else console sales would drop even more than they already have.

kkslider5552000

#27

kkslider5552000 said:

"Unannounced titles? If it was something good they wouldn't be keeping it a secret (it's probably Fling Smash 2)."

So did you miss E3 last year?

Wheels2050

#28

Wheels2050 said:

Ugh. I hate the wait for announcing these titles. I just want to be able to buy the ones I want and not have to sit around waiting for them to get released in a trickle!

RevolverLink

#29

RevolverLink said:

Please Nintendo, give me Pikmin 3, Xenoblade and The Last Story. I would gladly throw my money at you for each of those three.

JaxxRaxor

#30

JaxxRaxor said:

Yay my first comment!

I hope Nintendo releases Last Story in the West, because RPGs are basically non-existent on the system (FPS used to be too but that has been rectified over the last two years).

Furthermore I suspect that the Wii will continue to get support until 2014 (about the time many think Microsoft and Sony would release their new systems at the earliest). If the Wii successor going to cost $350-$400 then the casual crowd are not going to buy into. I suspect Nintendo is going to focus extensively on getting the hardcore gamers back the first two years and then in 2014 try to transition the casual crowd away from the Wii and too the Wii Successor with a price cut of $50-$100 or so.

Malkeor

#31

Malkeor said:

Please oh please give me Xenoblade and Last Story. I would just love those. Oh and i'll take a crack at the new Kirby.
Anything else just feel free to surprise me :)

Yanchamaru

#32

Yanchamaru said:

This is the year for RPGs: Dragon Quest X, Xenoblade, Last Story, Earth Seeker, Pandora's Tower, Skyward Sword and Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary. I hope all these get a Western release, along with Fatal Frame 4.

Demonio

#34

Demonio said:

Where is my Sadness?!
First game of this generation that I was really looking forward to playing.
Sucks.

motang

#35

motang said:

Good, so these unannounced games you speak off are they PandoraXenoStoryLastBladeTower?

Capt_N

#36

Capt_N said:

Save your cash, & spend it wisely. In this econ(my shorthand for economy), money is exceptionally tight.

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