As Nintendo’s Fils-Aime touts 3DS, he sidesteps Wii U’s woes

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime was quite willing to speak regarding his company’s mobile device, the 3DS, in an exceedingly recent interview. However once it came to the Wii U, he was reportedly awfully quiet.

Speaking to Games Industry in an interview revealed, Fills-Aime same those 3DS game sales within the U.S. have “surpass[ed] twenty million units” since the portable’s launch in 2011. He was even a lot of excited to show that digital sales for the platform have accounted for eleven % of all 3DS code sales.

“So so much in 2013 — through April fifteen — 3DS game sales area unit up fifty five % versus last year, numeration each physical and digital,” Fils-Aime told


The 3DS was on the docket throughout CNET sister web site Game Spot’s interview yesterday with Nintendo Director of Product promoting Bill Trinen. He told Game Spot that he believes the 3DS can “really take off” in 2013.

Lost amid that discussion and far of Fils-Aime’s speak with was Nintendo’s Wii U. That console has AN extremely troublesome time on store shelves, marketing simply fifty 7000 units in Jan. Things were to a small degree higher in Gregorian calendar month, jumping forty %, however that is not one thing to tout once a console has been on store shelves for simply many months. Traditionally, new consoles sell extremely well in their 1st year or 2 of availableness, striking many thousands of unit sales monthly.

In his discussion with, Fils-Aime was delineating as “in the mood to speak a lot of regarding the 3DS than the Wii U.” Still, he did bit on Nintendo’s latest console, language that he had hoped for quicker code launches.

“What i’d say regarding Wii U — and what adult male. [Nintendo President Satoru] Iwata has same — is that the pace of launches has been slower than we tend to hoped. however as we tend to indurate E3, the pace of launches for Wii U goes to dramatically increase,” Fils-Aime same.

Perhaps there is a reason Fils-Aime had very little to mention regarding the Wii U. additionally to its poor sales since the start of this year, the corporate is predicted to own a equally unsatisfactory showing later these days once analysis firm NPD releases its March 2013 report on game business sales. Earlier in the week, Wedbush analyst archangel Pachter same that he believes Nintendo oversubscribed solely 55000 Wii U units within the U.S. in March.


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