Iwata admits The Wonderful 101 & Pikmin 3 didn’t sell as well as hoped


During yesterday’s financial call to investors, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has admitted that two titles the company previously expected to sell well have not met the success that the company hoped. Both Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101 under-performed in terms of sales, which didn’t lead the charge of Wii U adoption like the company hoped.

“With respect to Wii U, on the other hand, I remarked at the Financial Results Briefing held back in April that we would carefully work on its market penetration, but its sales have not yet picked up significantly since the summer launches of some key first-party titles.”

“There have been large intervals between the releases of key first-party titles, and given that there is little seasonable demand at the moment, we are not in a position where we can change the fate of the system with just one title.”

Iwata finally admits that hopes of pinning a single release title for turning around the fate of the Wii U is not a viable strategy, but still it’s interesting to see the brass at Nintendo acknowledge that two previous titles they believed would be successful in turning around the fortunes of the Wii U have not done so. What do you think Nintendo should do to increase market penetration of the Wii U? Remember, they’ve already announced they are ceasing production of the original Wii.