No Mario, no Zelda, no Pokemon, no sales
Satoru Iwata made a refreshingly frank remark about the launch game line-up of the Nintendo 3DS, during a shareholder meeting in Japan. The company president admitted it was a lack of strong titles that led to weak sales on the device's first day of availability, and has continued into a lack of interest in the system.
This comes just a few weeks after Iwata also admitted his presentation on the Wii U's E3 debut was also partially bungled. When Nintendo introduced the new console - with Iwata at the helm of the presentation - the company's stock price actually dipped. That's almost unheard of for Nintendo or any game console manufacturer.
Iwata initially said he was confused by the reaction but then came to terms with the fact that his presentation was flawed.
The problem was that onlookers, even those who are well ingained in the gaming industry, had to question whether the Wii U was a brand new console or just a new controller. During the entire several-minute-long demo of the system, Nintendo never once showed a picture of a console - an actual box - or even mentioned the hardware.
That's because the controller is the more important aspect, and because the actual device that users will connect to their TVs is still a work-in-progress. But Nintendo's complete omission of it was a huge fault.
So as long as Iwata was owning up to mistakes, he said, "We also must reflect on the fact that we were not able to launch Nintendo 3DS at a time when a sufficient number of strong software titles were ready," according to a quote from Gamasutra.
He said the lessons learned from that launch will mean the Wii U won't suffer the same fate.
"In order to avoid the same thing from happening to the Wii U, we are considering details, such as what software is suitable for the launch, more carefully than ever before," he said.
So far, the 3DS has garnered praise for its 3D camera application and the Street Fighter IV launch game, but inconceivably, there still isn't a game that features company icon Mario, or Pokemon, or virtually any of Nintendo's most popular franchises.