Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently discussed their newest handheld with MTV Multiplayer and was unusually forward about why he felt Nintendo has been struggling with the 3DS. Simply put? Their bodies were not ready.
Reggie accounts the 3DS’s lackluster performance to two main issues. The first, one that has been bemoaned by the community at large, is the lack of Nintendo’s traditionally strong first party support.
Reggie pointed out that the system is slated for a slew of triple-A first party titles by the end of the year:
“What we’re are doing in order to rectify this is, first, making sure we have great games. Because, in the end, a platform is driven by the quality and quantity of content to be enjoyed on the platform. And we think, really, with the launch of ‘Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ for the platform, we are now in a steady pace of having very good content coming on the platform with ‘Starfox,’ with the two ‘Mario’ titles ['Mario Kart 7' and 'Super Mario 3D Land'], with ‘Pokemon’ and obviously ‘Kid Icarus’…[we have] very strong content coming.”
The second issue, according to Reggie, was that the 3DS launched without any sort of digital support, as its promised online store was missing in action on release. “With the launch of the eShop and now with the launch of Nintendo Video and the launch of Netflix, we believe we’ve addressed that issue as well,” Reggie said about the system.
Reggie also mentions that the 3DS’s lack of success came as something as a surprise considering how optimistic things were looking going into the system’s launch. There were twice as many pre-sales for the 3DS as there were for the Wii, and day one sales of the system dwarfed every other handheld Nintendo has ever released.
Fils-Aime ended the interview by promising that the Wii U’s launch next year will not be a repeat of the 3DS’s performance. “Certainly we will take learning from 3DS, both positive and opportunities and apply all of those to the launch next year of Wii U. Things like the importance of digital. Certainly the importance of strong first-party support right at the launch.”