Nintendo takes the business side of things very seriously, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they discuss a lot of important details during investor meetings. One such meeting occurred this morning, and a lot of very interested things were said. Here's the highlight, as well as a list of other significant details.
The most important issue discussed is Nintendo's move towards digital distribution. Starting with New Super Mario Bros. 2, and then being implemented on the Wii U, you'll have the option of buying a digital copy of your game. The way Nintendo explains it, however, is that they won't be selling these games themselves, or with system like Microsoft Points. You'll purchase a digital copy through a standard retailer like Gamestop or Amazon, and then register and download it on your chosen platform.
Some other points:
- "WiiSports equivalent," being developed. Nintendo realizes it's significant to initial console sales.
- No Wii U pricing details at E3.
- Learned from 3DS launch, will have a larger and more extensive Wii U launch lineup.
- Super Smash Bros. key title in western market. Expect it to be big.
The majority of the presentation focused on market focus and sales targets. Nintendo is unhappy with the 3DS' performance over the holidays in western markets, but is projecting a large amount of growth soon. Expect to see more core franchises being announced for the 3DS in the coming months. Naturally, they also expect the Wii U to do very well over the holidays.
Overall, it's safe to say Nintendo is aimed in the right direction. The problem, as evidenced by the flaws related to the Wii and Gamecube, is how far in the right direction Nintendo can move. The digital distribution strategy sounds smart for both retailers and consumers, but if the Wii U console software makes registering and downloading impossible then what's the point? Also, Nintendo has to prove they're future-forward with their online services this generation, period.
A promising Nintendo investment meeting, to say the least. E3 is going to be a very exciting time to be a Nintendo fan.