Iwata: Wii U Games For Highly Skilled Users Coming Next Year

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Wii U’s holiday lineup is notably geared more towards family audiences and younger players than older, more skilled gamers, and there has been no shortage of complaints about a lack of ‘mature’ (which does not have to mean rated M) games on the console. According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, this is all part of the plan, and we can expected games geared towards highly skilled players next year.

During a Q & A session with investors, Iwata explained that this year’s holiday lineup is more of a ‘family friendly’ package in order to set itself apart from the other next gen consoles and to attract Wii fans to Wii U. Games geared less towards families and kids and more towards veteran gamers are planned for next year, according to Iwata.

We have an offering of software for the end of this calendar year that encourages family fun at home. Nintendo is preparing a number of Wii U games for next year that greatly appeal to highly skilled users, but at the end of this calendar year, we have quite a few offerings that can be played by the whole family, dad and the kids, or grandparents and the kids. Other companies will launch new consoles (in the overseas markets at the end of this year), but I think they focus on targeting highly skilled users. Therefore, in that sense, though the competition will heat up because new game consoles will come out and there will be a “war of the game consoles” played out in media articles, we wonder if the target user will actually be the same.

The games available at the end of this calendar year, “Super Mario 3D World,” “Wii Party U,” “Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” “Wii Sports Club” and “Wii Fit U,” all lean more toward family use, and we are targeting those who bought Wii and would be interested in the Wii U offerings. That is slightly different than what other companies are aiming for. Thus, in the sense that we attract consumers interested in this category of video games, I think the launch of other video game systems is also good for us because they energize the video game industry as a whole.

We already know of a few titles, such as Bayonetta 2 and X (and possibly Smash Bros, depending on who you ask) that fall under this category of being for ‘highly skilled’ gamers, but we’re hoping to see many more announced in the future. What titles will sell you on Wii U in 2014?

Source: Nintendo Financial Report

  • Jordan DeBono

    Here’s hoping Miyamoto’s next new IP will be part of those “skilled games” !!!

  • DexterMike

    I hope that Zelda U will be for “Highly Skilled Users”

    • Elijah Boyd

      Same here! Just as long as its not to the point of trial-and-error.

      • chris

        Those type of games can stay in the PS2 era where they belong. I cannot tell you how many controllers were broken due to the rage they caused. Some flew, a few were pilled apart. I was very angry.

        Mild case of Asperger’s didn’t help either, but still.

  • Ricardo Longo

    I’d say The Wonderful 101 is DEFINITELY a game for skilled players. If people get it expecting to button-mash their way through, they got another thing coming.

    • Churze

      I remember when I thought Bayonetta was a button masher…then I reached chapter 4.
      This will be hell on hard mode…

  • Tensei

    The thing that scares me the most about Nintendo’s fanbase is they let W101 fail. I was shocked. I assumed everyone would support it atleast on the very basis it was published by Nintendo (and really what else did people have to play on the Wii U?). No one bought it (apart from me and I dont even own a Wii U).

    Meaning any games for “highly skilled users” is a blessing because Nintendo is more or less putting those games out to die. It really saddens me… all Nintendo fans want is NSMB and DK (not even Zelda judging by SS diminishing sales).

    So I have no hope for B2 and X because if these games arent supported then it wont make much business sense for Nintendo to keep making them… and that is an ecosystem I want to be apart of.

    • Blake Wigert

      W101 failed because it is such an odd title, people aren’t really conditioned to trying untested water so to speak. Besides it just looks so strange. Do you support every game just because it was made by your preffered company? I hardly doubt it. B2 and X are known to have a high level of interest, unlike, to my knowledge, W101.

      • MrBCDummy

        that’s still dumb to not buy a game because it’s “Strange”

        • chris

          It’s also dumb to buy a game just because. i bought W101 and can tell you it’s not for everyone. Some of my friends can’t even get into it. I love it, though, and that’s all that matters to my wallet and gaming experience.

          • MrBCDummy

            I buy games just because, well no I’ll buy a game if it looks interesting. i usually go for the strange looking games becuase they’ve always delivered a huge amount of fun for me.

      • Andy24

        I have to agree with tensei on this one. A vast majority of nintendo fans claim they want more games on the wii u, but when games like W101 come out and aren’t supported, you begin to understand why some developers don’t want to develop for the console. I don’t own a Wii U but people who do have told me there aren’t many good games, which to a certain degree is true.
        However, I’ve noticed there’re some hidden gems in the e-shop. Freakin shovel knight is coming this winter to the wii u as well and I bet not many will support it because is not mario, zelda or metroid. That kind of logic just baffles me, I’m not saying Xbox, sony and PC gamers are superior, but I’ve noticed they’re more open minded to try new games. If nintendo would release more new IPs, I think hardcore nintendo fans would be more willing to try different titles.

        • chris

          Part of this goes all the way back to the N64 and GCN eras. 3rd parties have almost always given Nintendo console buyers shoddy games. Games that are half-assed, broken, mediocre, etc. Their games often can’t hold a candle to Nintendo’s own. People got used to that from third parties and decided to not get disappointed again and only buy N’s stuff.

          I buy a few 3rd party gems here and there, but I’m not the majority of Nintendo console buyers. I like to give a game that catches my eye a chance. If it sucks after I gave it some time I sell it. If it’s awesome It stays in my library.

          Everyone likes to blame Nintendo, but Nintendo doesn’t give us those shoddy games. Power is not an excuse either if the game is playable and has great creative and artistic direction.

          • Blake Wigert

            I’m glad someone understands, I wish 3rd parties would realize they are their own worst enemy on the issue

        • matt

          Who thinks that when amazing titles fail they should just sell it at cost when you buy a more popular game that way you bring awareness to an amazing game and then you could do a sequel…..plus people will just play it for the sake of it at say £10…..

        • Crimson

          I wanted W101, it looks absolutely amazing and looks like fun, but i was low on cash so i had to prioritize my money on other games, i will get W101 one day, but later

      • HarryB

        Actually, 80% of all the games I buy are “Strange” or indie. Its that experiencing new things, testing alpha and beta that I love about the evolving gaming world

  • Mr.Anonymous

    Does anyone know the status of Monolith’s progress on their new ‘X’ game?

    • Erimgard

      Still just slated as a vague 2014 release. No real updates recently.

  • obiwan362

    Personally: I would like to see some Atlus stuff, if we’re talking about harder stuff. Persona 5 anyone?

  • K2L

    I’m waiting, Iwata. I’m waiting.

    So far, the only core games I got for Wii U are from third parties.

    • EzikielofHyrule

      Did you even read the freakin article. It specifically says next year

  • MusubiKazesaru

    I hope they use british actors for X like they did for Xenoblade

  • Redundant Jovian Thor

    sounds like a valid plan… so long as they keep up the innovative gaming experience. they can milk it as long as they have good and worthwhile gameplay to offer.

  • ghirahimhunter

    Well, I already have a Wii U, but fingers crossed for Zelda Wii U and Smash Bros. next year.

    • chris

      Smash Bros is more than likely a definite for mid-2014. Zelda I doubt will be out before, or even at, Christmas time.

      I made myself sad writing that.

      • ghirahimhunter

        lol, but they have a track record of Zelda coming out for consoles a year after being announced, and they were this || close to showing Zelda Wii U at NYCC. Aonuma said so.

  • http://6starwrestling.net/ Cybrus

    I hope they have a solid line up for the entire year and we don’t have to wait through another drought until the next holiday season. Nintendo has a compelling line up announced for the holiday season and the start of 2014, but if there is another drought during the summer/fall… Let’s just hope Nintendo has enough games in the pipelines to let this holiday season be an actual kickstarting of games and not just a “here’s stuff we were working on, now give us another year to work on more”.

  • Kevin Wickham

    donkey kong country tropical freeze, mario kart 8 and smash bros.

  • sharlo galmo

    2014 is the year of Nintendo with games like,X,Mariokart,Smash bro’s,Donkey kong,Fire emblem x SMT,Bayonetta 2,Watchdogs,Yarn Yoshi,And Iwata saying a couple month ago that there are more games in the make, for release on 2014. They don’t want to show the games yet,cause maybe Sony or Micrsoft gonna steal the ideas from it. So Nintendo got enough games for the year 2014, they can easly bring every month a game out.