Nintendo - You'll get our first party stuff when we're done!

A portion of a GamesIndustry interview with Nintendo of Europe’s marketing director Laurent Fischer concerning the slow crawl of first party Wii software…

GI: There has been criticism that there’s not enough first-party software coming quick enough, that there’s quite a gap between big releases on the Wii. What’s your response to that?

LF: I would remind people that the console has only been on the shelves since December. We already have a lot of software and we have a strong line-up of titles and we have a lot of games on the Virtual Console. At the moment I think we have a strong enough line-up with titles like Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid. I would say that these titles - and this has always been the Nintendo policy - will be on the shelves when the director says so. If the development team says they need one more month or two more months to deliver a unique Wii experience, we’re comfortable with that.

GI: That was something that Shigeru Miyamoto touched on in his GDC keynote earlier in the month. If the game needs it, Nintendo is happy to hold it back to be polished. That’s quite refreshing for a publisher…

LF: At Nintendo I’m marketing director, but I’m proud to say that the marketing department has the last voice. When the product is out it’s exactly as the creator intended. It’s the way the development studio dreamt it from the very beginning. Some companies may aim to release games at Christmas or for specific financial times of the year - Nintendo has nothing to do with that, it’s never been the case.

Make sure to read the full interview, which contains a lot more Wii talk

Categories: Consoles
Tags: wii


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