A few months ago, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed that Nintendo is working on new hardware codenamed NX. Wii U has been on the market for less than three years, so many current Wii U owners and potential future Wii U owners are concerned that NX will cut its life short and they won’t get their money’s worth. Satoru Iwata addressed these concerns in the recent shareholders meeting, expressing that between Nintendo’s first-party teams as well as second and third-party partners, 3DS and Wii U games won’t stop coming out immediately after the launch of NX. Here’s his statement:
“Regarding your concern about what will happen to Wii U or what will happen to Nintendo 3DS, NX is a new platform, so the installed base will have to be built up from zero. When NX is launched, there already will be a certain volume of Nintendo 3DS and Wii U hardware widely existing in the market, so from a software business perspective, it would be highly inefficient to stop releasing titles for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U right after the launch of NX. Therefore, while we are preparing NX for the future, we are discussing within our internal development teams as well as with the second-party developers we co-develop software with and also with third-party software publishers about how to continue creating software for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. So, I believe that your point of concern should not happen immediately. As for Wii U, we will continue to make efforts, as it is a priority within the company to think about how we can satisfy the consumers who purchased this system to the maximum extent possible.”
— Satoru Iwata
Obviously from a business standpoint, it wouldn’t make sense to stop making 3DS and Wii U games “immediately” after NX comes out. However, Iwata didn’t clarify how long the support will continue, and, of course, we still don’t know for sure when NX is coming out.