Nintendo admits Pokemon, 3DS diverted attention from Wii

If you think there haven't been a lot of big Wii games lately, it's not your imagination. Nintendo is admitting it had to divert some focus away from the Wii as it prepared for the anticipated launches of the 3DS and the latest round of DS Pokemon games.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was refreshingly honest in a recent interview, saying, "Candidly, we've pushed out some Wii launches so that we can focus on our handheld business. We're already juggling two big balls. To add a third would be a little bit challenging."

Fils-Aime implied the Wii would be back in the limelight soon enough, saying, "We're waiting to space things out and let Pokémon Black and Pokémon White and Nintendo 3DS live and breath out there. But there's content coming."

He said to expect more details in the next three months, ahead of E3, "and then certainly at E3 we'll be sharing more news."

Pokemon Black and White were just released in the US, while the 3DS is coming out in just a short 19 days, on Sunday, March 27. As for Wii, the only major title on the way is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is still has nebulous "2011" release.

[Source: IGN]

Mar 8, 2011




  • NanoElite666 - March 9, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    But who's got the biggest balls of them all?
  • shawksta - March 9, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    DONT BE FOOLED, Skyward sword will most likely be an outstanding game like Galaxy 2 and Nintendo will Catch our asses off guard at E3 like last time! Saying that Wii will get attention after release pretty much means SOMETHING is coming! @HankVenture Your joke fails.
  • HankVenture - March 9, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    Wait a minute, you're telling me the Wii had attention? my joke is in.
  • Crabhand - March 8, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    @DannyMB I refer you to this article by Jim Sterling, if you haven't read it already: "If you think Zelda games are always the same, you need to open your eyes and learn to feel games, not just play them." People just need to check their cynicism at the door every now and then.
  • Kirol - March 8, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    All in all there are 649 I think now. And yes. Nintendo has big balls. ... big big balls.
  • IVIunky - March 8, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    Why fix what isn't broken? The reason we've "been playing a very similar zelda game since OoT came out..." is because Nintendo has found a formula that works, and that gamers are able to enjoy. It only shows the strength of that formula that we keep buying "the same Zelda game." The same goes for Pokemon. Granted, a bit of change would be welcome. But to mess with what is perfect is unwelcome in many gamers' eyes, including my own.
  • FeatherFang - March 8, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Last generation they had 493 pokemon, they probably have over 593 now. They would have to redo most stats on all the pokemon and fix some other issues. The pokemon games are massive and they are RPG games (in short meaning the whole system and game itself revolves around math) and japanese rpgs stick very close to the math formula. Though I would be thrilled to hear the they have been working on bringing over Xenoblade and the Last Story (Fatal Frame games too?)
  • DannyMB - March 8, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    @Firestorm21 Agree completely, im sick of the continual rehashing of pokemon games, they've not really evolved (no pun intended) since red and blue other than increasing pokemon and how many you can battle with. Im a massive Zelda fan, but not completely blind to the fact that we've been playing a very similar zelda game since OoT came out (apart from Majoras Mask). More innovation please Nintendo, and maybe even *gasp* a new IP?
  • Fiirestorm21 - March 8, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    Not to be the cynical one, but exactly how much work does it take "juggling" a new Pokemon release? It's not exactly a behemoth of production and design like a new full fledged Mario or Zelda release.
  • Tobio - March 8, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    "As for Wii, the only major title on the way is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" And the new Kirby, and Pandora's Tower (do we know anything bout this one yet?), and a new Pokémon title confirmed for Wii, and Pikmin 3 is still supposed to come out for Wii. Although apart from Pandora's tower, there were no release dates... and there's barely to no info about any of these...
  • corndog501 - March 8, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    @db1331 Isn't every first-party Nintendo game a AAA franchise? Mario, Zelda, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Smash Bros, Pokemon, and Metroid just to name a few.
  • db1331 - March 8, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    I've got no problem with this. If it's not a AAA Nintendo game I don't care to hear about it anyway.
  • Shagnasty - March 8, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    I have no problem at all juggling my 3 big balls.
  • SonicX_89 - March 8, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    @Anonymous93 I have to admit that I did as well.
  • Anonymous93 - March 8, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Anyone else laugh at "We're already juggling two big balls. To add a third would be a little bit challenging."?

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