I didn’t get to actually watch Nintendo’s puppet-filled press conference at E3 this year, but it was rather entertaining watching the complete meltdown over social media while I sat in traffic on the way to LACC. To say that people weren’t happy would be an understatement – with little to no new, exciting titles for the Wii U managing to bubble to the surface. Nintendo seems to be doubling down on their mysterious NX console – a piece of hardware they really don’t want competitors to steal.
That’s part of the reason Nintendo actually hasn’t revealed anything about their new consoles, according to President Satoru Iwata. Responding to investor worries over the absence of NX at E3, Iwata implied that the NX will be a highly innovative piece of technology – so much so that they’re worried competitors might steal any early features that could’ve been announced by now.
“We can’t talk about the NX. If we do, competitors may take our ideas and customers won’t be surprised.”
Despite the clear drive Nintendo has behind the NX, Iwata wanted to also assure Wii U owners that they weren’t being left out in the cold. A difficult statement to take at face value, considering the blatant disregard for the aging console during E3 – coupled with the continued, heart-breaking silence over the new Legend of Zelda title (which I’m now almost convinced will arrive as an NX launch title).
“We will continue making 3DS and Wii software while preparing for the NX. We are prioritizing satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U.”
Whether we believe it or not, it’s clear that we aren’t getting a peep out of Nintendo regarding their future hardware plans until 2016. There’s still a lot of time between now and then for them to try win back some Wii U customer confidence, but right now their fickle statements about the console seem to be the final writings on the wall.
Which makes this recent Zelda-loving Wii U owner rather sad. As I’m sure it does thousands of others.
Last Updated: June 26, 2015