In their recent public statements several trends or “company lines” have become apparent in Nintendo’s attitude towards Wii U’s future. Beginning with the recent Nintendo Direct and continuing with this week’s financial reports, President Satoru Iwata and others have repeatedly brought home how important it is to adapt to the changing nature of the console game business while still maintaining true to their core tenets. A partial translation of the post-results investor Q&A session transcript published on NeoGAF has indicated that, as far as the Wii U is concerned, the company is sticking very close to its themes of development restructure, increased external support and utilizing unique, innovative hardware features. When will we see more Wii U games? The first question addressed is one of timeframes: when can we expect to see all the games Nintendo has announced recently? Iwata: We are not thinking about a long timeframe. We are thinking about mid year up to end of the year 2013. We also have games that are slated for end of the year that we haven’t mentioned yet. While we doubt that Iwata’s referring to all announced games (for example, we can’t see Super Smash Bros coming out this year), there has been a clear emphasis on selling gamers what is coming very soon. Solid release dates are sparse at the moment, so we could interpret these comments as meaning games like Mario Kart, a new 3D Mario platformer, Kirby’s Yarn, and Wind Waker HD will be shown in an almost complete form at E3 and given release dates for Q3 or Q4 this year. Of course Monster Hunter 3, Game & Wario, LEGO City Undercover, Rayman Legends and Pikim 3 should all be out before E3 even begins. Shigeru Miyamoto also commented on this topic, saying “we are aiming for games that sell steadily for the next 3 years, not for games that stop selling after a few weeks”, adding that “we definitely need more employees internally and externally so we are strengthening our development teams”. Miyamoto’s comments seem to outline how Nintendo will and will not handle the increased stress and cost of HD game development: they will not skimp on their quality or appeal, but they will need increasing help from outside. This is consistent with what Nintendo has been doing over the past year. For example, they are co-developing the new Super Smash Bros U with Namco Bandai. Nintendo in the cloud? One investor questioned whether Nintendo platforms will be taking advantage of cloud gaming capabilities to unify console and handheld. While the question is no doubt spurred by the functionality of iPhone-to-iPad cloud syncs and PS3-to-PS Vita cross-game features, the idea behind these kind of experiences is patently non-Nintendo, and Iwata said as much. Iwata: There are things you can do with cloud gaming and there are things you can’t do. We don’t agree that cloud gaming is the future and we are trying to work hard on a future where gaming only consoles are not gone. It is true that all iOS devices have the same basic makeup, and that’s a fair claim to make regarding Sony’s console and handheld too. Iwata seems to be reiterating here that Nintendo never intends to have two separate products so similar that you could easily transfer flagship games between them. But then what of the promised Super Smash Bros compatibility between Wii U and 3DS? Given the fundamental differences between the systems we can probably expect something far different from the compatibility between console and handheld versions of PlayStation All-Stars, and almost certainly it won’t involve direct parity. Miyamoto: We needed to create new development environments for Wii U and 3DS unlike Wii which reused the GameCube architecture. We are unifying our development teams to accommodate this challenge and minimize the losses while preparing the shift. I think handhelds and consoles will coexist as the aim is different. Miyamoto gets away from the idea of the cloud a bit here, it seems. However it’s still worth noting his return to the idea of development restructure. He could be indicating greater interaction between 3DS and Wii U development teams, not in the sense that the games they produce will be functional with each other, but in that they will ensure the games developed are fully suited to the machine they’re being released on. Why the weak CPU? There’s a question that seems to accuse Nintendo of overdoing Wii U’s GPU, which doesn’t make much sense as a criticism and is probably poorly translated. However we can assume the question actually related to recent reports that the Wii U’s CPU is way underpowered compared to its GPU. General hardware manager Genyo Takeda stepped in to defend. Takeda: Wii U is a machine that has a lot of performance compared to its power consumption. The GPU is definitely more pronounced than the CPU . There are people saying that the CPU is weak but that is not true. It is a trend that the cache memory is what’s getting bigger, with CPUs not the processing power. I do not think at the CPU is underpowered. Its just a design where the memory is more stressed. Miyamoto: For high end graphics there is a hurdle. We have to re-educate our people. The development itself hasn’t changed but we are recruiting specialists that can become core members in each specialized area. External developers are used to shader techniques and we are collaborating a lot with external companies nowadays so we have a very good development structure. Iwata: Every gaming hardware has its specialities. There is a timing of hit and miss before the functions can be used fully. We were not able to provide development kits that get out all the power of Wii U until mid of last year. This is something time will heal so we are not too worried. It’s pretty clear at this juncture that any perceived “weakness” of the Wii U system’s processing abilities are more related to software development than hardware. The first-party teams have never developed for an HD system before, and the third-party developers are completely new to Wii U. There’s no doubt that in the coming months and years the graphical quality and complexity of Wii U games will skyrocket well above what we’re seeing now. NFC We’ve already reported that Nintendo plans to utilise NFC functionality in an upcoming game, but Iwata provided further insight in response to an investor question about NFC. Iwata: There are two trends. One is with figurines or cards. We are currently working with developers on this and we will see various games this year. The other one is e-money payment. we are also working on this. While it’s currently assumed that a Nintendo or Pokémon NFC game is coming in the form of figurines or cards, the prospect of e-money payments is a little more mysterious. Are NFC-enabled credit cards prevalent enough that it would be worth Nintendo’s while to accept them? Or are they thinking of utilizing the NFC chips in smartphones to process payment information, perhaps linked to their upcoming Miiverse smartphone app? Could Nintendo distribute their own NFC-enabled cards that you could top up with cash at retailers, as an alternative to redeemable numerical codes? Properly harnessed NFC could present a significant streamlining of the digital purchasing process. The company’s full report, as well as all their investor information, is available here. In typical Nintendo style, they’re full of adorable character art and crazy family photographs. Keep in mind that we’re still waiting for an full, official translation of the Q&A session, which hopefully will hold more points for discussion and speculation. What do you think? Are Nintendo going the right way about moving into the future of game development with Wii U? local_offer cloud hardware NFC Nintendo wii u stars Further Reading Nintendo loses patent appeal, ordered to pay Nintendo was brainstorming about Switch when HSN1 The PS4/720 are rumored to have a 1.6 GHz CPU instead of a 3 GHz like the PS3/360, so if so many companies do that it must be for some reason after all. Also, I humbly announce my possession of a first comment wiiudaily Actually, that was a hoax that many of the game site reported with no fact checking at all. HSN1 Good to know. Not a die-hard Sony fan here, but I only wish for it to be good. And at a reasonable price maybe? Captain Falcon Apparently the PS4 will be revealed on Feb 20th based on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-3GMHIgR-U I’m actually hyped. Carl Now, as for the processor, as you may recall a few months. I did have some criticism in saying that it needs 4 cores instead of 3. I said it because I knew that if I didn’t say it, someone else would. So, ok, when I read the rumoured specs here on Wii U daily, I was in shocked and disappointed, but I never meant anything bad for the Wii U, never said that it sucked or it was weak (I said it needed more power, not quite the same.) I was only doing constructive criticism because I care about Nintendo and I want the best for them. Now, Nintendo may convince their customers that graphics are not important, but they are to the gaming industry. And it’s probably one of the reasons it’s having a hard time to get HD games. Nintendo could always add that extra core to the Wii U and offer a recall on thoses Wii U. I know it’s probably never gonna happen, but it’s still not too late (It would be if you wait until next year..) I am going to gladly surprised if this ever happens, but I highly doubt that it will. But like I said before, you got to convince the industry to make Wii U games. Having that 4 core processor would greatly help. fireheartis1 Dude are you kidding me here did you not see the Screen shot of Pikimin 3 in the article. The Wii U has plenty of power. That game is the most realistic game I’ve seen ever. Just the screen shot alone looks better than Uncharted 3 and I love that game. The Pikimin look like real little creatures now, and that’s kind of freaky if you ask me. The Wii U has plenty of power. It’s CPU and GPU are in the form of a pretty powerful PC gaming set up. It doesn’t need four cores to be amazing and have game companies interested in it. Look at Gear Box the love the system and are looking forward to creating more games for it. Sorry bro but your statement is just a lot of bull crap that really doesn’t make any sense. The Wii U is a video game console mostly and 3 cores are fine for that. It’s very powerful and in the coming months you will be seeing that. JumpMan i’m actually interested what the PS4 will be like… but if it isn’t backwards compatible with PS3 games, there is almost no way i’d get it, unless it was a gift. Carl I think all manufacturer have their strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what I think Nintendo should focus on. Nintendo needs to have better relationship with the publishers and developers. This has been a weakness for Nintendo for a while now, when you look back at the Gamecube or Wii, there have been a lot of exclusive games, but since it wasn’t an HD console, they’ve missed out on some other great games as well. Nintendo needs to forge thoses alliances again and get more games to the Wii U. Right now, a lot of games aren’t being built on Wii U, such as Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 6, Crysis 3, Dark Souls and more. So they need to focus more in Human Resources for 3rd party publishers to get interested in creating the games for Wii U. Sony, on their part, has strong relationship with the gaming community. And they are able to get “most” games to their home console. Sony is not flawless either, their marketing department was completely non-existent, until Kaz was promoted to Head CEO, it’s the first time since PS3 release that we’ve seen PlayStation commercial adds. So, they are working on their weakness. And Nintendo needs to get more games on the Wii U. Maybe send some sort of incentives, publishers don’t want to take the risk of creating a game for a new console with fewer people. I doubt sending money constantly would be the best option, because then every greedy investors will want to take a bite out of Nintendo. But you’ll need something to get the ball rolling. Ultranist but they will have 8cores CPUs compared to 3cores in wiiu cpu audie bowler RETARDED PERSOB I JUST FREAKING EXPLAINED THIS LOOK AT THE 5 YR OLD EVERYONE HE SAID 8 WAS MORE THAN 3 HOW COMPUTER SCIENCE IS THIS MAGICAL KID ARE YOU THAT KID FROM WAR GANES YOU FRWAKING GENIUS THEY HAVE 8 WEAKER CORES DUMB NUTS !!! THISE CORES ARE RUNNING WINDOWS OR LINUX DUMB NUTS!!! THOSE CORES ARE HANDLING IO AND FUNCTION DUMB NUTS!!! THEY HAVE SRSM CATCH NOT SUPERIOR EDRAM CSTCH DUMB NUTS!!!! THEY HAVE LONG WINDED 16 STAGE PIPES VS WIIUS 4 STAGE ULTRA SHORT PIPES DUMB NUTS THERE PROCESSING SOUND ON THOSE CPU CORES WIIU ISNT IT HAS A DSP DUMB NUTS XBIX IS PROCESSING KINECT 2 AND THAT SILLY DISCO BALL LIGHT SHOW GIMMIC-Y THING ON THOSE CORES DUMB NUTS WIIU DOES NOT HAVE 3 CORES IDIOT CHILD IT HAS TRI CORE CPU ANOTHER DYALCORE CPU IN THE FORM OF A ARM IMPUT CHIP AND A DSP SOUND CORE SO I COUNT 6 NOT 3 its prople like you UNEDUCATED MORONS that ms and sony brainwash SOOOO EASILY Zorpix I wish I was cool like you Benny Otto shut up Laud Dude, chill out, he doesn’t know and frankly neither do you. Did you guys come back from the future? Do you have the list of specs from the future? Then please I’m saying this in the most polite way I can, shut the fuck up. Cold Heat How did you get your words in big letters like that? AceJ dude calm your ass down. Take a seat and just chill Dáibhí wotshissurname You’re a butthurt ninty fanboy to say that ms and sony brainwashed him. Calm down, special child Nick Kulakovskiy Why is a person who calls people Nick Kulakovskiy butthurt ninty fanboys on the Wii U forums? Chris Bingham Coming from an obvious Ms/Sony fangirl… I mean bo- no wait yeah, I did mean fangirl because you seem to be on your period Snake_Boss22 http://www.psu.com/a018174/Rumor–PS4-outperforms-new-Xbox-has-redesigned-pad Chris Bingham That’s a PAD, not a touch screen, big difference Chris Bingham Dude, chill. Okay we get it, the Wii U’s CPU is still more powerful than current Gen and Next gen. Nintendude I wish Wii U Daily didn’t get rid of the dislike button… Carl 3 core processing at 1.7Ghz is still a Tri core. Then can be slightly better, but ultimately a 4 core processor would be better. And people are not saying that the triple core processor is weak compared to the other HD consoles, they just wanted their Wii U to have 4 cores and be much better. That’s all. Eric no they wont buddy, unless you want to pay about 600 bucks, even that is pushing it. Ultranist lol a AMD 8cores cpu costs like ~150$  Yes, but it’s really big, takes up a ton of power, and is very slow. Eric yeah! now add the rest of the parts genious, 1 item 150, how many more parts to go? don’t forget mark up for profit. Omar Minawi the 720needs an 8-core but it will come out as a 3-core i’ll explain The 720 has a built in Kinect V2 Kinect requires 1-Core per player and it supports four players so four cores are gone and the OS needs one so it has a 3-core you might say that the OS in the WiiU is taking a core but it’s actually running on the GPGPU NkoSekirei i hardly doubt ps4 and 720 arnt gonna be that powerful cause due to economy issues and they dont want to make the same mistakes after ps3s horrible launch due to over pricing audie bowler just beat mii ya shumk lol weak cpu please explain how IBM edram is weaker than sram edram has over twice the bandwith and is FIVE TIMES SMALKER EXPRESSO IS CUTTING EDGE SIMPLE FACT the cpu is tiny they scream at neogaf YES BECAUSE IBM HIT SIZES OF PROCESDOR AT 45NM THE COMPETITION NEED 28NM TO MATCH DERP IBM ARE WAY AHEAD IN DESIGN THE CPU IS SMALL THEY GIGGLE DUMB IN THE HEAD IDIOTS RISC CPUS ARE SMALLER THAN OUT DATED X86 AGAIN I JUST OWNED ASS DIDNT I EXPRESSO HAS CARCH MEMORY FIVE TIMES SMALLER THAN SRAM SO GUESS WHAT ITS SMALLER JESUS THAT WADNT ROCKET SCIENCE WAS IT EDRAM AS LEVEL 2 CATCH IS CUTTING EDGE TECH EXPRESSO IS THAT TECH JAGUAR CORE OF PS4 IS A ATOM CPU BY AMD LOL @ FANING THAT EXPRESSO HAS PEAK 4TO1 DATA COMPRESSION JAGUAR HAS NO SUCH COMPRESSION SO 4 TIMES AS MUCH DATA GETS PROCESSED JESUS THIS IS SIMPLE SHIT GUYS IT AINT ROCKET TRIPS TO MARS IRONICALLY MARS RIVER ALSO USES A POWERPC 32 BIT JUST BE A GOOD CPU FAMIKY THEN DONT SEE JAGUARS AND XENON GOING INTO SPACE COUGH COUGH EXPRESSO HAS A 4 STAGE PIPELINE THATS 4 X SHORTER THAN JAGUARS 16 STAGE JAGUAR IS EXACTLY LIKE ATOM CPU FROM INTEL BUT ADDED OUT OF ORDER LOW END OUT OF ORDER ADDDED EXPRESSO IS A FULLY LOADED RISC OUT OF ORDER ECECUTION DESKTOP PC CORE WITH CUSTOM ADDED EDRAM CATCH CUSTOM 4TO1 DATA COMPRESSION EXPRESSO HAS CUSTOM GRAPHICS DATA WITH COMPRESSION BURST PIPES PER CORE JAGUAR DOESNT NEXT GEN SYSTEMS FROM MS AND SONY ARE RUNNING PC OS WIIU ISNT WIIU DOESNT HAVE A CPU IT HAS A CHIP SET EXPRESSO PLUS INPUT OUT PUT CO CPU ARM DUALCORE AND A HD SOUND DSP THATS 3 PROCESSING UNITS IN A CHIP SET NOT A CPU IS IT JESUS I WENT TO SCHOOL AND LEARNED SHIT Estupido Ysensual Flanders dude is ok that you get mad because off some ignorant statements and is cool that you explain all that, but what is no good is that you write all in capital letter, that just dificults the reading. Carl I’ll admit, I like PlayStation, but I also like Nintendo. You can’t let some idiot put you in this state, you don’t to be mad.You’re being too hard on yourself, let it all go. You don’t need that unnecessary stress. You just have to ignore thoses idiots, otherwise, they’ll just continue picking on you. If it doesn’t bother you, they won’t bother trying. If you want to convince people to buy a Wii U, you just need to show some love. “Oh, but an Xbox is better, blah blah Halo, blah” Reply by saying: “We’ll, the Wii U is good, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it too. Blah, Zombiu, Arhh.” You just have to be the better person, that’s all. Personally, I’ll be getting both PS4 and Wii U. NintendoNoob … I may know a lot about Computers but I didn’t understand a word you said 😀 The HEY FOOLS HIS NAME IS MEGATURBOCHARGE WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT! Personally I love the information as he said some very intelegent things that I bet 99% of people on here didnt know and 1 of them was me and I graduated school in 1992. Atleast he is defneding the Wii U’s spec’s and I think we all agree we want Nintnedo to succed not go out of business so this MEGA dude got a like from me. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BRO!!!  Actually, it was audie bowler. I think you read the wrong name. Nintenjoe82 You forgot to mention blast processing or pipeline burst caching audie bowler tri core cpu hd sound dsp and a dualcore arm ISNT A CPU i love how thats ignored by RETARDED FOLKS megaturbocharge I think there’s a mistake in this article. Above the picture of the Pikmin, it says “Kirby’s Yarn.” I think you meant Yoshi’s Yarn or Yarn Yoshi. The Yeah I noticed that to wtf! Wes Swain What is “Kirby’s Yarn” that you mention? Are you referring to the Yoshi Game instead? Ben Newcomb Yeah, it is. Just a typo 🙂 Wayne Beck It sounds to me, based on the cloud gaming section, that the Integration of the Console and Handheld teams is aimed at producing the next Nintendo Handheld in a way that is full compatible with the Wii U. I’ve talked about the merits of this before and it sounds to me like I wasn’t to far off. A handheld that could sync, via the Cloud, to Wii U would open up a world of possibilities. It would also put Nintendo in a position to use a new handheld as the primary controller in six or so years with the release of the Wii W(lol, get it? Wii Ux2). It sounds to me like Nintendo is more than prepared for the rest of the year. I think they were a bit shell shocked by the negative interpretations of an otherwise fantastic launch. Sdudyoy It says Kirby’s Yarn it should say Yoshi. Cold Heat http://www.nintendo.co.jp/csr/index.html Click on “English” in the upper-right… Translation complete! Destructonator 101 3D Mario platformer? Just say 3D mario game. $41809923 yes nintendo doing the right thing we no that good games are coming out this year like star fox.pokemon and battalion wars 3 and other games like some kind of robot game that i saw for the wii u it came out on the game cube it looks like that game call custom robo but i do not no ? Ray01x I. LOVED. Custom Robo for the Gamecube. It was such a great little gem that was so Underrated. 😛 Linskarmo I dislike waiting, but I have faith that Nintendo will provide excellency (at their pace.) Ben Newcomb I’m excited! NFC holds so much for the future! diqus sucks i actually think the port at the bottom of the gamepad will be used for a future add on that lets you play your wii u from anywhere as long as you are under wifi. that would be awesome playing wind waker at school and stuff 🙂 Stef Adam I think thats unlikely. If normal WiFi was sufficient for low-latency image transfer, Nintendo would have used it (instead Wii U uses Miracast: very low latency, but short range). The fact is that it’s very hard (if not impossible) to make sure that there are no percievable delays when using a general WiFi connection. Re-transmitting the video stream from Wii U to a device on the internet would reintroduce the delay. bizzy gie Proud of myself cuz I read all that. Sydney Ultrasyd Thanks for the infos, your website is cool Chris Bingham From the specs I’ve heard from Nintendo about the Wii U are sounding like all those people who say “Once teh next xbox and playstations cums out the Wii U will have none of teh multiplats!! LOL!” are going to be sadly mistaken XD Stephen Smash Bros. is coming out this year. I’ve called it and you can say you heard it here first. There’s no way they won’t capitalize on this holiday’s season of games with their own. No way whatsoever. ReturnoftheTruth2 Nintendo did double talk and admitted that the CPU is weak, but then tried to say that Takeda did not ‘think’ that it was weak, but then admitting it was weak by saying that developers have to learn how to develop for it – not because of the GPU like you idiots have been lying about, but because the CPU is Wiik! I doubt if anyone wants to take the time to learn how to program on a wiik system. Derek Wilson That Audley guy is messed up. First of all the WiiU CPU is NOT cutting edge. It’s the same architecture used in Gamecube and Wii. It has been overclocked and two more cores added. It’s still FAR SLOWER than 360 or PS3’s CPU . The GPU is an underclocked 4650. The AMD 4650 PC GPU is about 1.5x faster than 360’s. This isn’t a lot though because you need at least a 2.5x increase in power to increase the resolution fron 720p to 1080p. Eventhough WiiU’s GPU is faster the CPU is far slower than the other consoles and will most likely put it on the same level as current gen, maybe behind depending on the game. Lastly haven’t any of you been reading Eurogamer?. It’s there in black and white that the WiiU is current gen tech? Carl Are you kidding me? Pikmin better than Uncharted 3!? Are you even listening to yourself? The Pikmin picture you see there is exactly that, a picture. The entire background is a picture provided by an HD camera, there’s nothing special there. I can show you a small PS Mobile game that looks equally as good as Pikmin: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/02/12/chimpact-swings-to-playstation-mobile-today/ A processor isn’t just about the graphics and how much polygons it can push, but there’s a lot more that goes into the development of a game like Uncharted that needs a processor capable of handling whatever the creator throws at it. Like for Uncharted 3, did you know they used 3 or 4 engine just for the water? One of them for the flow, one for the waves that makes the ship go from one side to the other, another for the splashing of water gushing out, so on and so forth. A bigger processor means that the developers that create more things and they aren’t limited to what they are able to do nor restricted to what they want to create. Like for Battlefield 3, for example, it requires that you install the game. In that game, you can have a tank and literally blow up buildings and it’s fairly well executed, especially when you consider that all this takes place online as well, the studios needs a machine capable of handling it, without any bugs, crash or hardware failure. *cough* I’m not saying the Wii U is weak, but the Wii’s inferior system was a problem for Nintendo on the long term. I just want what’s best for Nintendo, like I said, a lot of games still aren’t coming to Nintendo and they need to fix that. I believe that a single additional core could have made the difference, if not, then Nintendo has got to wake up, go to the developers and publishers and get more games to the platform. I got Nintendo best interest at heart, I don’t want them to fail, don’t want them to fade away. They are good at making a success for themselves, but they have to prove to other third party that a Wii U is a Worthwhile investment. (Pikmin better than Uncharted 3, LOL! good one. I’ll spare you the additional humiliation…) In any case.. I hope you’re right about Nintendo getting more and better games.