The Wii U is home to some amazing games, but we've had to wait quite a while to get them. Nintendo has taken longer than expected to become accustomed to the demands of HD development, and this has resulted in some titles taking longer than expected to reach store shelves.
However, according to Shigeru Miyamoto, 2015 is the year when such delays become a thing of the past. During the recent investor's Q&A meeting, the legendary game designer stated that Nintendo has sped up development time on the Wii U, and that it is looking to create more spin-off releases like Hyrule Warriors:
On development time, we have already completed the step of learning new development techniques. So, we should experience less developmental delays stemming from learning new hardware. From now on, it becomes a matter of if we can use our experience efficiently and one part of our plan to do so is to use 'spin off games', which allow us to use our major title franchises, but create on a smaller scale and we are working hard on making these sort of derived products. In this way, we are preparing to expand on our characters while also increasing the number of software we output and allowing our customers to have their next experiences in certain franchises without waiting three years.
We are also working more and more with many different 3rd party companies to produce our titles [note: this seems to refer to outsourcing things like asset creation, cut-scenes, etc] and from this year we have begun to work with some software developers for the very first time. We are in the process of creating a system where we are actively seeking outside assistance to help us create an abundance of major titles. I feel that next year's Wii U titles are plentiful. We will continue working hard.
Hyrule Warriors was a collaboration between Nintendo, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force, and has managed to achieve respectable sales. Would you be willing to see more releases of this type in 2015, or would you rather Nintendo focus on making mainline sequels to its famous properties? Could we possibly see an announcement during today's Nintendo Direct? Let us know what you think with a comment below.