Nintendo has admitted that third party Wii sales aren’t as hot as they perhaps could have been, a subject that has cropped up many times in the gaming community. However, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has promised to help change that with future hardware.
“It is true that the third party software sales ratio on Nintendo platforms are comparatively smaller in Japan,” says the Nintendo cheese. “Wii’s third party software ratio is especially low.
“… We need to decrease the concern that only Nintendo software can sell well on Nintendo platforms and third party software cannot sell in the same volume. We will not make a trend similar to the one found for Wii in Japan now. We feel a need to have closer ties with our third party developers from the beginning.”
That would be great if Nintendo sticks to it. The Wii has had some fantastic third party games that went criminally undersold, and I’d love it if Nintendo could work to promote them better. Nintendo’s already made steps to that end, choosing to personally publish games like Dragon Quest IX and Samurai Warriors 3, so here’s hoping they really give other studios the boost they need.