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Kimishima: Unannounced 3DS games coming, wants more Wii U titles like Splatoon and Mario Maker

Posted on February 7, 2016 by (@NE_Brian) in 3DS, News, Wii U | 0 Likes

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Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima took on a number of investor questions during Nintendo’s financial results briefing a few days ago. One of the more interesting responses came about towards the end of the event. Most of what the question asked is over my head and there will be an official translation in a few days, but it was essentially about the next financial period, and how Wii U and 3DS factors into that.

Kimishima starts off by reiterating a key point from his presentation: the spread amount of 3DS systems is 20 million units domestically, and 54 million units worldwide. This means Nintendo’s handheld had a big chance to obtain profits from software as well. As for what lies ahead in the next period, Kimishima said development on software continues, including large-scale titles that can’t be announced just yet. He believes that the 3DS will remain a big pillar in the next period.

Moving onto Wii U, it still just reached a spread of 10 million units worldwide. If you compare that number to 3DS, it’s still not enough. However, titles like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker have a favorable reputation, so Kimishima thinks Nintendo would like to be able to release titles that could receive the same sort of reputation in the next period as well.

Kimishima wouldn’t talk about new enterprises, as he would instead like to go more in-depth when Nintendo announces forecasts for the next period. That means the financial results briefing wasn’t a place to speak about NX either. Kimishima did mention that Nintendo is currently progressing on considering various developments and plans towards the system’s release, so he thinks it will need even more investments than now.

Kimishima also mentioned that Nintendo is wondering how customers will evaluate their smart device apps. Additionally, he believes it’s important that the company’s various IPs should be recognized by consumers, but it’s unlikely to become a big business with just a single swoop.

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  • Locky Mavo

    AHHH! Just tell us NX news or when NX news will announced already Kimishima!

    But more games for 3DS (and hopefully WiiU) are good to hear.

    • oh I can tell that its easy. It not coming out this year. Expect an update like 2011 was for Wii U at E3.

      • Locky Mavo

        I’d rather hear it from the horse’s mouth thanks.

        • Thecor13 .

          No game system on e3 got released that same year… No need for horses lol

          • Locky Mavo

            There is very much a need. We’ve been hearing rumours and speculations for months now. The info all needs to come from the one truely reliable source, Nintendo themselves, i.e. “the horse”.

          • Thecor13 .

            See the thing is, just because they talk about the nx in the first place( goal was to get investors) caused sales in software to decrease last year from the prev year. That means the more “we” talk about the system or even the “horse”(nintendo) investors AND consumers lose faith and interest in the current soft and hardware. Meaning if no one can invest in what they have now, what makes you think that we or even the potential customers would just abandon this gen for a new console, especially when it would be shown they cant keep thier word… Thats business.

          • Locky Mavo

            Dude, it’s 2016, they said they’d talk about, I just wanna know/see what the NX is/can do, nothing to it than that.

          • Thecor13 .

            Of course us nintendo fans would but that isnt enough to sell a console bro, there is alot of expenses they have to take care of, plus my comment toward joh had a perfect response, our curiosity and when they spilled the beans put distrust in potiental consumers because they dont know how many years of support they would be guaranteed, which is why sales were lower last year for software sales, consoles bread and butter. Im fine with getting nx though but i look out for nintendos prosperity.

          • Locky Mavo

            Yeah righto, you do that. I know they’ll talk about it when they’re ready and the time is right, but just wanna legit NX news, no more rumours. There’s nothing more to it than that. So could you spare me the “prosperity and business” rap?

          • Thecor13 .

            Again that and other comment arent for “you” but for the ones who dont know and believe me word of mouth is strong

          • Locky Mavo

            Well good for you.

          • Thecor13 .

            And it seems you dont pay enough attention because nintendo already said that they were only revealing the concept at e3, plus many times have reggie slip the word console numerous times including kimishima..

          • Locky Mavo

            Nintendo have never said the NX would revealed at E3, only that it’d be talked about in 2016. E3 is just the expected and most likely time.
            And was that about “slip the word console”? Of course it’s a console, but still don’t tell what it can do.

          • Thecor13 .

            Saying its a console and saying of “course its is” is exactly wahat everone else does, you say you will likely by it but what if was a “mobile” console??? Like sony xperia (already shown that a dedicated os will be for 3ds,wii u, and nx(plus mobile devices,pc) so we all love rumors including you because it leaves us to imagine.

          • Locky Mavo

            Dude, what are you doing? Why do you keep digging into every I say? I just want to know what the NX is from Nintendo. It’s as simple as that. I’ll care about the rest of that stuff AFTER NINTENDO announce it.

            And no, I don’t love rumours. Yes they can make you think of the possibilities, if they’re good rumours. But rumours are empty, till a one and only reliable source confirms it, which what I want to hear. So no, I don’t love hearing rumours.

          • Thecor13 .

            Thats where patents come in, ghar gives you the only indication as to whats next for them, usually these rumors have a start; from some truth. The patents from the start of the wii u and up till now gives us the only indication of what the console could be.. Plus most companies WILL take some of these patents and make something with it… Which is where most of the rumors are starting. So what makes a “rumor” empty?? Just asking.

          • Locky Mavo

            Dude, just stop, I really don’t care anymore…

          • Thecor13 .

            Cant ask a simple question?!?! Im done, you have no ability to be calm and show no form of respect.. Hopefully the facts your looking for comes soon XD !!!

          • Locky Mavo

            I was as clam as a could be with you, but when people can’t take a hint sometimes you gotta be a little rude to get a point across.

            And don’t worry, I know I’ll get the answers I’m looking for, because that takes us back to the start of this whole thing with “hearing straight from the horse’s mouth”.

            Have a good one.

      • SolarShane13

        Already been confirmed that it’s launching this year.

        • Arcotaju

          No it hasn’t, don’t spread rumors.

        • By who

          • SolarShane13
          • James

            Or, you know, it could be a wonky translation. Or it could be that production starts this year. Or any of a vast number of other things.

          • That isn’t confirmation of anything.

            It not from any higher up at Nintendo.

          • SolarShane13

            A company that is producing product for NX confirming NX’s release isn’t a confirmation? LMAO.

          • Soeroah

            Correct.

            A voice actor claiming a game is being released this year doesn’t mean it will be. Why would Nintendo quietly let someone they’ve hired to work on the system announce its release? Nintendo always announces releases themselves, and if there was already confirmation it’d be released this year, it would be much more widely reported.

            “Confirmed” means “officially announced to be true by the company responsible”, not one of their suppliers. Even if the NX were finished and ready to ship in 2016 it doesn’t mean 2016 would be the release year until it either happens, or Nintendo announces it will happen.

            You saying that means it’s “confirmed” is like all the people saying Pokemon Z is “confirmed” on the basis that XY don’t yet have a third game and there’s usually a third game.

          • Austin Ward

            Actually the basis for Pokémon Z is more than just the fact that there’s usually a third game. Recently they’ve been giving a lot of attention to Zygarde and it’s had 3 new formes (4 if you count Zygarde Cells) revealed as well as it’s own arch in the anime. Also the current season of the anime, which focuses on Zygarde as mentioned before, is titled Pokémon The Series XY&Z. My point is the basis is much larger than what you described it as.

          • Soeroah

            Aye, I know all that, but it still doesn’t “confirm” it, and I’m so pissed off from seeing people making forum threads called POKEMON Z CONFIRMED.

            I go in expecting to see a link to an official Nintendo announcement and am met instead by a bunch of scavenger-hunt-esque clues that, sure, strongly imply it, but it’s not confirmation.

            I dislike turning the definition of “confirmation” into “strongly, whether truly or perceived, supported by anecdotal evidence”. What am I meant to call an actual official confirmation when leaked voice files or cameos are treated as confirmation of developer intentions?

            For all we know it could be X2/Y2 or even DLC content added to XY, not necessarily Z. The previous generation didn’t have a third game so much as two sequel games.

          • Austin Ward

            I never said it was confirmed, I’m just saying there’s a strong reason for why people are saying that. It is extremely likely though given the evidence. I can tell you right now that it’s not going to be sequal games though. The reason they did that last generation was because Kyurem had two forms that were attained by fusing with one of the previous version mascots and focused on each one individually. Zygarde doesn’t have that sort of form change. And the DLC thing isn’t going to happen.

          • Soeroah

            I’m not saying you personally said it’s confirmed, just that some people are. “Extremely likely” doesn’t mean confirmed, just because you might not say that doesn’t mean there aren’t threads all over the Internet acting like there’s been some announcement that mysteriously has no source.

          • no

          • they are supplying the memory for the NX development this year not release.

            Nintendo also recently stated that where are getting an UPDATE not mass reveal or release info.

            He also stated that they need to make more investment, not rush the system development and third parties are going to need time to make launch game. Releasing the damn system too early is a bad move.

            Not that you guys care anyway since yall only want it because yall don’t want the Wii U much anymore.

        • HoistDude

          Pretty much the opposite actually. Nintendo, in their various statements which continue to support both 3DS and Wii U appear to allude to the fact the NX is not ready and will not be ready for some time.

          Don’t expect NX until holiday 2017 at the EARLIEST. 2016? Not a chance at this point.

          • SolarShane13

            Of course they would tell you that they’re going to support their current systems. Doing the opposite would be suicide. Doesn’t take rocket science to figure that out.

            A barren year for Wii U + “Final DLC” + Shutting down services/apps = NX 2016 release. The signs are there, why can’t you accept them, corporate shill?

          • HoistDude

            Zelda, Star Fox, Pokken, TP HD, SMT x Fire Emblem a light year???? And that is just the first-party through July!
            LOL.
            Face the facts, man. Nintendo is not ready to release the NX. It takes TIME, YEARS in fact, to develop games for a new system. Nintendo is not about to make the same mistake twice. Developers allegedly received the dev kit for NX in November of 2015. If Nintendo even wants to have a prayer for decent third party exclusives at launch, then it will be holiday 2017 at the EARLIEST — maybe even 2018.
            These are just the facts. It would be best to learn them before needlessly trying to insult someone or calling them a corporate “shill.”

          • SolarShane13

            If NX is as powerful as PS4 and runs on x86, then third parties will be able to port over their existing projects in no time flat. Nintendo has also confirmed that the next 3D Mario game will likely not be on Wii U or 3DS, thus it’ll be on NX. Pikmin 4 was announced, but its release platform was not mentioned.

            For games, there’s only one first party game that has a fixed date: TP HD. Star Fox only has a confirmed month, and Zelda is confirmed for just 2016. Pokken and SMTxFE aren’t developed by Nintendo.

            It’s likely that Star Fox is going to get another delay just to create a NX port. Zelda is definitely getting a NX port; after all, each time they’ve shown it off, they’ve shown off basically the same E3 demo.

          • Where are you even getting that information?

        • Addy the Wanderer

          Care to share some form of proof?

    • Joachim

      if Kimishima say something about NX handle, 3DS sales will going down….and Kimishima knows that! He wanna keep us buying 3DS. Well NO I wont buy more till NX come up Lol

      • Ghasfarost

        No helping that if they announcef pokemon z though

        • Joachim

          Collateral damage some games need to be sacrifice “Zelda U, Paper Mario and Pokemon Z”

          • Awesomeguy1234

            Well, Nintendo already confirmed multiple times that zelda u will be an exclusive to the wii u.

          • Joachim

            Collateral damageeeeeeee (Super evil corporate laugh)

          • dannyxzero

            Ur funny! Lololololōlōl

          • Awesomeguy1234

            Lol, what? Zelda U has been confirmed many times that it is coming this year, I do not want another delay just for the damn nx. God knows if the nx is even a home console.

          • Joachim

            Yeah you heard collateral damage…..Yeah I know, but Zelda U was confirmed long time ago when the hopes of Wii U was good….each gen can’t be succesfull and some tittle need to be sacrafice to workship some fans keep buying games 🙂

          • Awesomeguy1234

            Nope. There has been recent ads that still state it as a wii u exclusive. YOu can see them on YouTube if you want. This just may be one of the biggest last wii u games.

          • Joachim

            That’s not mean isn’t a dead console, PS Vita is a dead console and still yet Sony is “kinda” support the system. Wii U ~ 12.7M isn’t the greatets number since Nov 2012….

          • Awesomeguy1234

            Of course. Still, zelda u will come out on that console as an exclusive, that has been a proven fact.

      • Thecor13 .

        And this is the exact reason why nintendo fans will ruin nintendo… How about invest in their software this year so they can see that nx needs a 2017 release(with a diverse line up at that!)

        • Joachim

          I’m waiting for NX….Wii U is the second worse console all times and isn’t an opinion is a fact. Look around how “well” is doing Wii U…..
          Kimishima even in his own words says ” I knew Wii U would fail” so what about it? Kimishima is just pleased the “fans” who bough Wii U.

          • Reggie

            I think I also recall Kimishima saying that he was opposed to the Wii U from the very beginning. I imagine it was the choice in name though.

          • Thecor13 .

            He didnt want to compare the wii u to its previous gen because although its made 100+ mil, it ended with a bad rep

          • Thecor13 .

            Its known as the second worst console yet has the most winning exclusives in history so just like the “worst” im assuming your talking about dreamcast had also at its time an amazing software lineup..not our fault this generation is saturated with fps and gory games. That and the lack of advertising is the ONLY reason wii u didnt take off, anything else is just an excuse( that applies to nintendo too).

          • Joachim

            Yeah so…..doesn’t have nothing do to with third party support, or Kimishima as temporary CEO of Nintendo said “I knew Wii U would fail” or the bunch of criticism from anywhere else Wii U is a dead end console. Very clear your love for Wii U. I respect that, Wii U have good first party games…sadly I don’t like the gamepad nevertheless is very light and comfortable but isn’t my thing. I didn’t as well Virtual Boy. I’m not sure if I will buy Wii U…..hope NX come with backward compatibility. Let’s see.

            Like I said in other past posts. I will wait 1/2/3 year how goes NX with third party support, if is worth invest my hard working money I will. I’m not hungry for video games like used to be….

          • Thecor13 .

            Not at all, wii u had low sales before kimishima, and i still know others who doesnt know that a wii u exists… Case and point

          • Thecor13 .

            And im sure others will say the same as you and by then we will be seeing the end of the console era for nintendo. Hardware needs to sell for the system to be successful. That being said, because of others like you we will be witnessing the end of nintendos console era smh…

          • Joachim

            Actually I would like Kimishima be more like Phil (Xbox CEO) and make good things for Nintendo. Hopefully NX, Universal Nintendo Park, Nintendo Anime, and more things can change the course of Nintendo in a good way 🙂 Cross Fingers!

          • Reggie

            “Nintendo anime”, what were you thinking exactly?

          • Joachim

            Something like that….Nintendo want focus in Anime stuffs. I’m not into Anime anymore I don’t care too much when Nintendo talks about that.

          • Reggie

            Uh… Since when has Nintendo said they wanted there to be anime adaptions? As far as I know they never said that. Aside from the Pokemon series (which is mostly Game Freak anyway), Nintendo anime isn’t that common.

          • Joachim

            “Nintendo also plans to branch its characters further out of its traditional games. Smartphones and theme parks are one thing, but “TV anime” with licensed characters is also on the docket.”
            http://ap.ign.com/tatsumi-kimishima/95523/news/nintendo-in-2016-nx-details-anime-and-more-coming

            Can be found in Google, like I said when somoone named Anime I’m not into to know about it….

          • Reggie

            Ehh, unless Kimishima or someone else actually says there will be TV anime of Nintendo games and characters, I won’t believe it. I want actual quotes.

          • Joachim

            Well I don’t know …… I just know Kimishima talk to much but nothing concrete at this moment. Let’s see.

          • Reggie

            I mean that just because IGN said there will be TV anime, without actual proof, then it doesn’t mean it’s real.

          • Thecor13 .

            Most likely it will, but i still think that they still need to put full support from the wii u and start by overhauling the current OS, and maybe allow users to have access to mic/camera for gamepad to make “journals”, reactions videos and reflection vids integrated in miiverse

        • HoistDude

          Joachim is not a Nintendo fan, he is a Nintendo hating troll. Don’t feed the troll. Everyone who actually owns a Wii U knows how great it is. I have received more money from my console investment in my Wii U than any other console I have owned to date. Nintendo knows this too, which is why they will continue to develop quality titles for the Wii U. Once everyone recognizes that NX isn’t coming in 2016 (and maybe even 2017) and that they can only play the new Zelda on Wii U, they will buy a Wii U.

          Case and point: expect a big year for Wii U and Nintendo, regardless of the trolls.

          • Thecor13 .

            Thats good and all but i swear even the game media is out to annihilate nintendo, which is why im making sure any potential nintendo fan who doesnt have the u would read his comments would get not discouraged when they read his asinine opinions

      • HoistDude

        I have already preordered 6 games this year — they are all Nintendo product except for one.

        • Joachim

          That’s good! You are taking advantage all Wii U power! Enjoy 🙂

    • ♪Soy ♪Sauce

      Wii U lives!!!!

  • キロ

    I love my 3DS, so I am glad to hear there is still more to come and that it will continue to play a role even in the “next period” : ) Holding out for hope on an Advance Wars or Wario Ware…both Intelligent Systems games. xD

    • ronin4life

      We desperately need more Advance Wars

      • KGRAMR

        I agree,aslo,we need another wario land

  • R.Z.

    “More WiiU titles like Splatoon and Mario Maker” and less titles like Animal Crossing : amiibo festival, right ?
    Actually I have one right there : Regular Animal Crossing WiiU.
    It would sell like hotcakes.

    • A regular Animal Crossing game would’ve been taylor-made for the Wii U with the gamepad integration. I’m still shaking my head as to why Nintendo didn’t capitalize on that

      • R.Z.

        I’m kind of hoping they are actually working on it and amiibo festival was just a way to pad their 2015 schedule with the assets of the “main” game. Because yeah, AC for WiiU seems to be a no-brainer, and it could even advance the series with some interesting online options etc.

        • Jack Red

          I highly doubt they’ll be an Animal Crossing on Wii U as it makes more sense for it to be on handheld only as that makes the most sense because it’s a franchise made more for the Handhelds even though it’s been on consoles in the past.

          • CheeseLink302

            But I mean, it’s like you said: It’s been on consoles in the past. It began on consoles on the Cube, and there was one on the Wii last gen. So I don’t see why it’s unreasonable to think there’d be one on the Wii U.

          • Jack Red

            Look at the sales of the Wii U. It would be suicidal for Nintendo to even consider making an official Animal Crossing for the Wii U. another game on the 3DS or even the New 3DS. Maybe, but not the Wii U.

          • TheJuiciest

            Releasing an Animal Crossing game is hardly what I’d consider suicidal. If they thought like that, Star Fox Zero would’ve been for the 3DS, but it’s not, is it?

          • Jack Red

            Star Fox Zero was most likely already in development though around the Wii U’s launch or atleast a year after the launch.

          • TheJuiciest

            It sure didn’t look like a game they’d been working on since near launch. Thing is they’re gonna have to keep making console titles no matter if their consoles sells or not every generation. If Star Fox went into development, what’s really to say some other titles didn’t get greenlit around that time really. Theres already Paper Mario and Pikmin rumors just like the TPHD rumors. It’s hardly anything new to them.

          • Jack Red

            The difference between the TPHD rumor and the Pikmin and Paper Mario thing is. TPHD was found by datamining the Nintendo EShop. Miyamoto confirmed that Pikmin 4 is almost completed. While the only thing Paper Mario U has going for it is that it’s being claimed by one person to be coming out. Nothing said from developers, didn’t come from a datamine of the Eshop. Just was claimed by one person to be coming. It’s like the NX rumor about the system being android based was claimed by one person.

          • TheJuiciest

            The difference isn’t the point. The point is nobody should be surprised by them making games for their home consoles today, tomorrow or a year from now. I mean really they’ve been doing it for decades now as their consoles lagged behind their handhelds. The thought that’s suicide to release anything because once again your handheld is right where it usually is at is asinine.

          • Jack Red

            You aren’t getting the point on why it’s suicidal. The Wii U is a complete flop sales wise. Compare it to the Wii and Gamecube which had different sales around the time when the Animal Crossing games are released, and you realize that it just isn’t worth it to make any more new games for a console that’ll die out within anywhere’s from November 2016-November 2017. They need to save the resources and just do some remasters or spin-offs.

          • CheeseLink302

            Actually, Miyamoto specifically said it was only in development for a few months when they announced it was coming at E3 2014.

          • Cosmic goddess rosalina

            So you don’t think people who have a wiiu should have access to more games?

          • Jack Red

            I’m not saying that. I’m just saying that you shouldn’t be expecting a new main series console Animal Crossing game to come out on Wii U. I just feel like a console Animal Crossing game should be saved for whatever Nintendo’s next home console is that’d probably be out 2016-2018. Don’t risk releasing it on a console that Doesn’t have a big enough install base.

          • Johnny LoveFive

            EXACTLY! What both of you are missing too is this. Animal Crossing sells HIGHER in Japan than America. Case in point, New Leaf sold over 4 million units in Japan. America? About 2.5 million. Wild World sold 5 million units in Japan. America? About 2 million. See? The highest sales not only come from the handheld, but they come from JAPANESE handheld variants. The US is supporting Wii U the most, it’s a smaller Animal Crossing fanbase than Japan, so making one for a niche group like this is not fiscally responsible. Plus, they’ve been working on StarFox for a really long time, it’s been getting delayed, delayed, delayed, so had it not been it wouldn’t be a valid argument, since it would have been out already.

          • 49ers fan

            clearly you dont play animal crossing and dont know the fans and the community… because when there will be a regular ac game on the wiiu. ac fans that only have the 3ds will go out and buy a wiiu to only play that game.. thats how much they want a new regular ac… the wiiu bundles will help sell a lot of wiiu consoles. its a win win…

          • Jack Red

            Seriously? You guys are all making it sound like Animal Crossing U would atleast get 10 million more Wii Us sold simply because the game is Animal Crossing. A game where you have to keep track of daily events in your town.

          • 49ers fan

            you clearly dont play animal crossing at all..

          • Jack Red

            No. But I can tell when a game could do well on Wii U, And Animal Crossing just isn’t the game. It’d probably just sale 50-60 thousand copies, when if it were to be released on 3DS, it’d sale close to 2 million copies.

          • 49ers fan

            a proper animal crossing will sell well on handheld and console. you would know that if you played the game, and know the community. it will never be a loss like these side games, that people dont want… and that is a fact.

          • Jack Red

            You aren’t getting it though. Just think about the country where New Leaf did the best in. Japan. What country sold the most Wii U consoles? America. If Animal Crossing gets most of it’s sales from Japan, and the Japanese don’t really buy the Wii U, The game would be lucky to even sell 2 million copies, or even 1 million.

          • 49ers fan

            the wiiu out sold the ps4 in japan…. get with the times.

          • Jack Red

            You aren’t getting what I’m trying to tell you. I was talking about the main country that has bought the most Wii Us which is America. Not Japan.

          • Johnny LoveFive

            Been with the franchise over 13 years, and have been following its sales just as long. Do some homework, the console version not only sucks in terms of sales compared to handhelds, it’s not even as big a franchise in America as it is in Japan. Look at the history. GameCube’s sold about 3 million worldwide with a fairly even spread across Japan, America and Europe. Wild World sold 5 million copies in Japan. The game worldwide was 11.7 million, that’s nearly HALF from Japan alone- the smallest of the 3 markets! City Folk sold quite close to the original, but in Japan where the Wii was NOT the highest selling console in Nintendo’s history (Wii lagged behind both Famicom and Super Famicom in lifetime sales), the Americas outsold Japan. Now, when we look at New Leaf on the 3DS, a game that sold 9.5 million roughly, over 4 million are JAPAN, again, nearly half. Same is true for Happy Home Designer, it sold over 1 million units in Japan in its first 2 months. In America in its first 2 months? About 300,000. Finally, look at the most recent report about Nintendo’s amiibo. In Japan, 2 of the top 10 are Animal Crossing figures. How many of the top 10 in America are Animal Crossing? ZERO! This game has a LARGER fanbase in Japan than America, and Japan is NOT a console market, America is, they’d be aiming this game at a SMALLER fanbase, on a SMALLER install base. That’s why New Leaf will NOT surpass Wild World in lifetime sales, it’s got too small a fanbase. I have EVERY Japanese and American game in the series, every e-reader card, every amiibo card so far, logged in thousands of hours into every game, but unlike blind faith fans, I see the truth, and the truth is JAPAN supports this franchise more than America (look at the movie that was Japan-only and how much merchandise they receive daily), while the Wii U is supported more by America than Japan, releasing a Wii U one isn’t fiscally responsible.

          • 49ers fan

            you know they did ac:amiibo festival??… that tanked like hell.. but they did release it anyway. so there is hope for a ordinary ac game.

          • R.Z.

            The thing you are missing is that America is not the center of the world.
            I am pretty sure that even with a very modest success in the U.S.A., a WiiU episode of Animal Crossing would easily go over 2M sales worldwide, if released fast enough. And it would be totally sufficient given the profile of the game. Selling less than the handheld version has never been a valid reason to not make a home console version. There wouldn’t be any games on the WiiU past the second year if that was the case.

            As you mentioned, the series has the most success in Japan but is also very succesful in Europe and other PAL territories. The WiiU install base of these territories combined surpasses that of America.

            Another thing to consider is that the recent spurt in install base in Japan thanks to Splatoon and Mario Maker covers the same kind of demographic (young and female gamers) as Animal Crossing according to Kimishima.
            I am pretty sure that the sales ratio for the game on WiiU in Japan and Europe would be surprisingly high.
            So if America doesn’t go for the game, no big loss.

            Lastly, any work put forward to a WiiU verison wouldn’t necessarily go to waste once the NX (Once again whatever that is) gets released. Simply release an updated version of the game on NX such as was the case with the GC episode, or even the same game and make them compatible cross platform, if we imagine a game with advanced almost MMOish online features. “Easy”, they are already doing that with Smash Bros if the rumors are to be believed.

            If we are to trust Nintendo’s C.E.O. and his intention of releasing several more game with a potential Splatoon/Mario Maker -like success, once again I don’t see a better candidate than Animal Crossing among Nintendo’s franchises.

          • Justin McQuillen

            Suicidal how? It would boost console sales by a ton. The 3DS was doing not-so-hot and when AC released on the platform it really legitimized the system to most people. It was such a no-brainer download title to always have on your system that it created mass appeal for the platform overnight.

          • Jack Red

            If Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, Smash Bros. 4 Wii U, and Super Mario Maker couldn’t get the Wii U to atleast fifteen million consoles sold, What makes you think that Animal Crossing would be able to help the Wii U out?

          • Justin McQuillen

            Low development costs, evergreen IP proven to move systems. The cost to sales ratio of such a title is highly desirable for any developer.

          • Jack Red

            Like JohnnyLoveFire had just said. Animal Crossing has gotten alot of it’s sales in Japan. And the country that has bought the Wii U the most is America. Just because the game has been on consoles in the past, doesn’t automatically mean that they’ll be a Animal Crossing game on Wii U.

          • Johnny LoveFive

            not true, it took off after the price reduction in 2012 before tobidase even launched.

          • Andrew Burke

            Actually it started as a N64 game in japan called animal forest.

          • Johnny LoveFive

            Japanese players own more copies of Animal Crossing than any other region, and Japan isn’t buying Wii U like America is, they’re dependent of America supporting Animal Crossing, when historically it hasn’t.

          • R.Z.

            Just like Monster Hunter you mean ? Born and raised on home consoles, meets glory on handhelds ?
            I don’t agree.

            At this point, AC is one of the regular Nintendo franchises, one that comes once each generation on each machine just like Mario Kart and Smash Bros.
            There not being an AC on WiiU is the anomaly, and I bet it has the potential to do as well as Splatoon and Mario Kart if it were to release fast enough.
            And once again, the WiiU is ideal for AC, especially when you start factoring in amiibo, off-T.V. play. and network capacities. You could make something much bigger and connected than on handhelds.

            The only reason such a game wouldn’t exist is if really Nintendo planned on flat out dump the WiiU as soon as possible and transfered it to NX (whatever that is), but that would go against Kimishima’s statements here.

          • Jack Red

            Those exact features can be easily added into the 3DS version. Amiibo? New 3DS has Amiibo support and there’s an accessory for the regular 3DS that comes with every copy of Happy Home Designer on the 3DS. 3DS has Network capacities, and no off-tv play is required when it’s already on a system that doesn’t need a TV to play the game. The only true advantage the game would have on Wii U is that it’d be in HD and that’s it.

          • R.Z.

            Sure, New Leaf has a major amiibo update that is long overdue.
            It doesn’t suppress the sales potential of a WiiU version, and the added processing power can make the difference in the inclusion of completely new functions for the series.
            And sorry, but the 3DS network capacities are clunky at best.

          • Jack Red

            I just can’t see a main Animal Crossing game come to Wii U. Just like I can’t see a new main series Metroid game come to Wii U either.

          • Those titles are most likely being saved for the NX. I think even Nintendo gave up on the Wii U seeing as how there are only 6 announced titles coming for the platform for the remainder of the year

          • R.Z.

            Depends how long the project has been in the works.
            I’m pretty sure Nintendo has been working on a WiiU version as soon as New Leaf was finished. If it doesn’t come out then it’s probably ported to the NX if it makes any sense (we still don’t know what NX is and when it comes out). To me Amiibo Festival’s assets are a hint of that (you just don’t put out that much work for a PoS virtual board game).

            It just strikes me that Animal Crossing is exactly the type of title that has a similar sales potential to Splatoon And Mario Maker, which have both done great this past year.
            As for Metroid, it seems unlikely, but if it were in the works, it wouldn’t make less sense to release it on WiiU than Zelda.

            Actually both games would make a lot of sense on WiiU hardware-wise, but have probably been compromised by Nintendo’s low capacity to produce HD “AAA games”.

          • Jack Red

            And there have been times where New Assets being made for a spin-off doesn’t automatically they’ll be a new main game in that franchise. For the most part, the assets for the Spin-offs are just that. Assets for the Spin-offs.

          • Johnny LoveFive

            you forget the core AC team worked on Splatoon between New Leaf and Happy Home Designer.

          • Cosmic goddess rosalina

            Yet it started on a console…. And the consoles have more power and more space for new features..

          • Ghasfarost

            They do have to do it though, they have been a console game from their inception on N64

          • 49ers fan

            its been on the console since gamecube, so it need to be on the wiiu.

          • Johnny LoveFive

            Nintendo 64 actually

          • Johnny LoveFive

            look at Japan’s sales of the series, and compare them to America. Nearly half their handheld sales comes from Japan, versus about a quarter from America. It’s why Japan gets all the AC merchandise stuff, it’s a bigger franchise there than North America, and the Wii U is getting supported mostly by North America. It’s like put 2 and 2 together, Japan buys more of the games than any region, the Wii U is struggling worldwide, North America supports it the most, and North America doesn’t buy Animal Crossing in nearly the same amount as Japan. No-brainer to see this coming.

        • Travis Touchdown

          Amiibo Festival exists to insure that people have Animal Crossing Amiibo before the Wii U game comes out. This is pretty obvious, since there are no other ‘line’ of Amiibo like that yet.

          • Jack Red

            Uh? What about Mario Party 10? Came with a free Mario Amiibo and the launch of the Mario series of Amiibo. I don’t see any signs of a new Mario game for Wii U.

          • Travis Touchdown

            The Mario series is the most used set of Amiibo so far. Mario Tennis, MP10, Smash…

          • Jack Red

            But does the Mario Amiibo mean that they’ll be a new mainline 3D Mario game on Wii U? No, because Miyamoto already said they try to only release one main line 3D Mario game per generation.

          • Fierce_Deity_link

            the reason your suicide argument is invalid. if animal crossing comes to wii u, more fence people will buy the wii u for the game. it has one of the best most diverse first party libraries of all the current gen consoles and the most 1080p 60fps games. for a “weak” “Dying” console that seems like enough fuel to keep the fire going for quite a while.

          • Jack Red

            Most 1080p 60fps games? There’s only two-three games that’re 1080p 60fps while the most of the rest of the games are either 720p 60fps or 1080p 30fps.

        • 49ers fan

          acaf have everything done when it comes to models and stuff.. so it should be pretty straight forward to put a regular ac game on the wiiu now.

          • James

            Animal Crossing would sell fine on Wii U. They’d easily get their money’s worth.

            Also, as far as that Paper Mario game rumor goes. There’s been other rumors over the past year or two about it, and an Intelligent Systems staffer listed an unannounced Wii U game on his resume about two and a half years ago. There’s a chance the product is ditched, of course, but Paper Mario is seeming pretty likely.

    • CheeseLink302

      Seriously. It’s been since around the launch of New Leaf since I first got addicted to Animal Crossing. I was glued to it for months, it was almost unhealthy lol. But for real man, a game like Animal Crossing that doesn’t really have an end and you can play for literal days is what the Wii U needs right now, with the NX (assumingly) coming soon. Just have a title like that that you can play for hour mixed with another one you can play for hours (Zelda)

      • 49ers fan

        i agree i am a real man and plays animal crossing a lot… i need a new animal crossing game now, and no more side game garbage, period.

    • Felipe M.

      Too late for that now as they burned that very bridge.

    • 49ers fan

      yes, Regular Animal Crossing WiiU thats what we need. and less of that sidegame garbage.

    • Johnny LoveFive

      not really, small install base. The largest market for Wii U is North America, and the largest Animal Crossing sales comes from Japan. It’d barely crack the 1 million sales units if it did that.

  • inb4 TFH2.

  • Ok……more unannounced 3DS titles are coming but no unannounced Wii U titles are even talked about here? Is Nintendo devoting all of their resources towards the NX home console? Why is Nintendo still supporting the 3DS when sales for the device have slowed down and when it’s starting to show it’s age power wise? Is the NX home console releasing before the NX handheld? Damn I sound like an old episode of Batman from the 60’s lol, but seriously though not mentioning that there are unannounced Wii U games kinda raises the speculation that the NX home console version may be coming sooner than we thought

    • TheJuiciest

      I wouldn’t expect much to be honest. Maybe a new Pokemon on 3DS this year and some Wii ports to N3DS to milk your cash cow as dry as you can get it. I think they said the same thing about Wii U and then we got Twilight Princess HD and that seems to be it. I can’t see them not saving any big games they’ve been working on for the NX.

      • ben

        NX is a late 2017 release. No way are they not trying to make money for 2 years!

    • Travis Touchdown

      Kimishima literally said he anticipates unreleased titles for the Wii U will become just as big as Splatoon. Obviously, Wii U is getting big new games.

      Of course, an NX fanboy wouldn’t understand these things.

      • I would expect maybe one or two more unannounced titles for the Wii U that’ll most likely be quick cash grabs but nothing major. In 3 years and some change, the Wii U has only sold close to 13 million and before you go saying ” but hey, the Wii U is still profitable ” still it isn’t being as profitable as they hoped and planned. I love the Wii U don’t get me wrong I think it’s a very underrated system but given the way it’s been performing sales wise I really think it’ll be very hard for Nintendo to stick it out for one more year with it even though I think they should

        • Travis Touchdown

          Mario Kart 8 sold 8 million units. That’s not a ‘dead’ console’ Nintendo games are selling well.

          • TalesOfBS

            This is something that most people never understand: the only numbers that matter to Nintendo are the ones on Nintendo’s bank account.

            Sony and MS both took loses on console sales to recover them later with software, meanwhile Nintendo took an unexpected short period loss with Wii U sales and now somehow it seems that the software on the console is making up for everything, to the point that they want to risk more with new heavy hitter ideas.

            People should be happy that the Wii U is getting more games instead of being killed with more NX rumors.
            That is, if they actually own one.

          • Travis Touchdown

            They don’t. Most NX sensationalists are very clearly not actual enthusiasts. There are some exceptions, of course, but for the most part, the people hyping up the NX are trying to say the Wii U is completely worthless.

  • theFooFighter

    The online and multiplayer focused games Nintendo has put out this gen are fun but I still wish they would put out more single player Wii u games. The ones that are there are great but I just feel like there aren’t enough of those great, immersive first and 2nd party Nintendo experiences. The Wii u needs more metroid and eternal darkness and Pandora’s tower and kid Icarus and fire emblem ect

  • Joachim

    Okay? No more speeches. Less words, More action!

  • Travis Touchdown

    More proof that NX is not replacing Wii U.

    • 49ers fan

      DONT EAT THE EGG BEFORE YOU HAVE SEEN THE CHICKEN… JUST SAYING.

  • KGRAMR

    Please,god damn it,please be Golden Sun

  • Joe

    Don’t forget the Paper Mario U rumor

  • MoYeung

    Not enough new game release on 3ds or Wii u from 3rd party developers.

  • Blake Good

    Nintendo Direct coming next week?

  • ben

    I hope the 8 months working on Starfox MP makes it a massive hit. It is easy to assume that is why they delayed for soo long. They built a new game.

    • Same….not to mention online dogfights

      • ben

        What would be awesome is 4 on 4 teams like splatoon. collecting hoops and kills could give points etc.,

    • Locky Mavo

      I heard it’s because they’re having trouble with the motion controls, though there’s no legit source, just another rumour. I hope it’s not true and you’re right about the MP.

    • R.Z.

      The reception at E3 last year was pretty cold, so many people seem to have been put off by the graphics (fine by me), that maybe they decided to rework that aspect a bit.

      There was also a fair bit of criticism about the lack of rhythm.
      I know I can’t wait to play this at least.

  • awng0781

    I’m guessing Pokémon Z and Paper Mario Wii U are among those “unannounced” games Nintendo is working on.

  • Chad

    I like this guy okay, but I sometimes wonder if he just isn’t telling us what we want to hear. There are some great games coming to 3DS this year if you are an RPG person. There is no questioning that, but we are just going to have or take his word on great unannounced title. That could be anything or nothing at all.

    As for more titles like Splatoon and Mario Maker, I’m sure it’s a no brainier that they want and need more of those. Who wouldn’t want that. As for growing the Wii U install base, I think they need a price cut. I just do not think they will get a bump any other way especially with all of the NX talk.

    • R.Z.

      Regarding the 3DS part, He’s probably mentioning that for Japan, since Nintendo has all of two games in its planning for that territory.
      The games the west gets this year from Nintendo on 3DS are in majority localizations of (third party) stuff that Japan got last year (and third parties are too lazy to bring over themselves).

      I agree on a WiiU price cut, it would be welcome.

  • Airsh Bornely

    Still need that F-Zero and Advance Wars

  • Kimble

    I totally agree with Mr.Tatsumi Kimishima there should be more games for the Wii U like more GameCube HD Remakes would be amazing like: Super Mario Sunshine HD, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures HD, Luigi Mansion HD or something totally new like Animal Crossing Wii U or Happy Home Designer for the Wii U, Paper Mario Wii U, Metroid Wii U, F-Zero Wii U or Pikmin 4 Wii U, Super Mario Galaxy 3 Wii U. Pokémon Warriors Wii U similar to Hyrule Warriors in gameplay and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Wii U HD Remake for Pokémons 20th Anniversary. A New Zelda game and Zelda Wii U for The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary.

    • Reggie

      No more HD remakes please, that’s all we ever get nowadays. I want something new.

      Though I wouldn’t mind a port of Four Swords Adventures with online support, though it would probably be better saved as a eShop exclusive, albeit not limited like Four Swords Anniversary Edition…..

    • TalesOfBS

      Fire Emblem Warriors. This is begging to happen.

  • Would really, really love to see an original Monolith Soft game on the 3DS. They’ve even semi-teased it a couple times over the years.

    • Melatelo

      Yes please!

  • pal4dinXX

    How about more titles like Xenoblade X? Yeah, Zelda U supposedly comes out later this year, but the Wii U desperately needs more than two huge openworld titles. The vast majority of releases are mostly party games or multiplayer bouts. It feels like a dry well for adventure titles.

  • 49ers fan

    and NO ANIMAL CROSSING????????

  • tj3dsxl

    Poor thing…I think he forgot that its has already been announced /shown that Disney Magic Castle 2 and the other Monster Hunter games will be crossing over to the west this year on 3DS !!! And that port of X-files: Resist or Serve 3D (which is built w/ the same software engine as Resident Evil Reveltions 3ds by the way) has long been under rugged swept, but don’t think folks don’t know….what ever is happening in Japan (mostly) Nintendo wise will happen here……except the really good games of course, that’s why importing is important esp. if you want to bite the Bullet Bill and bypass all this “Unannounced and TBA” bs that is going on here in the west….free your mind folks !!!! Also I’m assuming that the SPECIAL EDITION of Hyrule Warriors Legends 3DS is included as “unannounced” even though we know its coming…do you get my point ? !!! Do you want a compass Kimishima ?….seems like you need SOME direction in what you say!

  • sonicfan1373

    So far I have been very satisfied with the 3DS’s software library. One game I really hope they consider for the system is a Mario Sunshine style collect-a-thon platformer.

  • Awesomeguy1234

    Considering there is no mention of Nintendo next console, the nx is not coming this year. Looks like more wii u games will be announced and are still in development also.

  • KasamatsusBall

    Although it’s very mainstream – I think a Mario Maker Mini would do excellent for 3DS owners who don’t have (or desire) a Wii U

    • awng0781

      As much as I would like that, the 3DS is very weak hardware wise. I doubt it could handle a Mario Maker unless a significant number of features were removed. It would be better to just release Mario Maker Mini for Nintendo’s next handheld, and the next Super Mario Maker for Nintendo’s next console.

  • Joachim

    Not every Zelda or Mario is a winner.

    Collateral damage to keep the fans HAPPY 🙂 They only who bought 12 something millions in 3 years….you need keep happy those 12 millions who bought Wii U who know how ” well” NX will doing. Stake instead of cookie. Thank You :/

    • Thecor13 .

      So sacrifice zelda for nx and have a massive decline in sales for 3ds and wii u, ha you are trying to start another dreamcast scenario.

  • Cynthia Acevedo

    I love you Nintendo! I’m getting a new 3DS in two weeks and hopefully a Wii U sooon. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!

  • HoistDude

    Love the Wii U. Best gaming purchase I have ever made. Waiting to hear what more is in store for the “little console that could.” If it is a new Metroid Prime or another RPG on the level of Xenoblade, i would just go ahead right now and claim it as the best console of all time.

    That, and find a way to let us play 3DS games on the Wii U.

    • TalesOfBS

      Literally the most “unused” Nintendo console ever. So much potential wasted there just “waiting” for them to do something.

  • Brian Wise

    Wii u hit 12 million man do your research

    • HoistDude

      It was actually much closer to 13 million than 12 million at the end of December 2015.

  • dannyxzero

    Mother Collection 3DS! I’m calling it! (hope im right!!)

  • feloniousmax

    Just give me Splatoon 3DS and I’ll be a happy inkling.

  • HoistDude

    Metroid Wii U. Make it happen, Mr. Kimishima. That, and find a way to connect 3DS to the Wii U so we can play 3DS games on the big tv screen when we are at home.

  • TalesOfBS

    However, titles like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker have a favorable reputation, so Kimishima thinks Nintendo would like to be able to release titles that could receive the same sort of reputation in the next period as well.

    Kimishima did mention that Nintendo is currently progressing on considering various developments and plans towards the system’s release, so he thinks it will need even more investments than now.

    This guy knows it.

    For the people desperate for the NX, better come back in 2 years.

    • Travis Touchdown

      I think it is coming out earlier than that, but that it’s a new kind of handheld designed to seize the mobile market.

      The home console rumors, at this stage, are clearly incorrect considering Nintendo’s official statements about their plans for the future. These people are literally using ‘Nintendo didn’t have a good E3!’ as proof that they’re replacing the console… despite the fact that neither TP HD or Pokken, the first two big games for the console this year, were not at the show.