Reggie Fils-Aime: Nintendo’s Wii U in Second Place Behind PS4

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said lots of interesting things while he was at E3 last week. Adding to his comment that watching people playing games isn't exciting (millions of people do it every day on Twitch and YouTube), Fils-Aime told the Seattle Times that the Wii U is currently second place in console war, right behind Sony's PS4 and right ahead of Microsoft's Xbox One.

"The dirty little secret is if you look at life-to-date numbers, between Sony and Nintendo they'd be pretty close in terms of PS4 vs. Wii U, with Xbox coming in third place," Fils-Aime told The Seattle Times.

"I think it's going to be a three-horse race for the balance of this cycle," he added.

Fils-Aime also said that that Nintendo doesn't need to release a new console to make it back on top.

"We think that the Wii U has a long and vibrant life in front of it," he said. "What it needs are games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros Wii U and Splatoon – those types of games that can really drive the installed base. We believe if we can do that effectively the Wii U has a long and robust life."

Fils-Aime acknowledged that Wii U's launch line-up was weak due to the delays of two big games: Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101.

"The interesting point there is that when we announced the Wii U and when we announced all of the launch details, we fully expected games like Wii Fit U, Pikmin, The Wonderful 101 to be in the launch window," he said. "The Nintendo quality bar is really what kept us from launching those games potentially in February or March and so that's what created the lack of software during that initial launch phase."

Source: CVG

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