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Tatsumi Kimishima Clarifies Earlier Comments, Says He Didn’t Predict Wii U Would Fail

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Soon after longtime Nintendo employee Tatsumi Kimishima was promoted to President of the company, Japanese publication Nikkei reported that he had predicted that Wii U would fail because it was too similar to Wii. However, Kimishima has stated in a more recent interview with Time Magazine that he did not make that claim, and that the reporter from Nikkei apparently misunderstood his actual words.

Kimishima elaborated on the confusing situation, stating that he never said it wouldn’t sell, but that it would be difficult to sell at the same level as its predecessor. Additionally, he considered it a challenge to convince Wii fans to move on to the next system.

“The Nikkei reporter’s question to me was ‘The Wii U is not selling at this point in its lifetime as well as the Wii was at the same time. Why is that?’ And my answer was that the Wii at this point has sold over 100 million units worldwide, and even though there are people saying ‘Hey, since the Wii was so successful, Wii U is also going to be successful and it’s also going to sell like wildfire as well,’ I looked at that global install base and said that it might not sell as well. That was my response. Not that it wouldn’t sell, but that it would be more difficult because of the install base of the Wii itself.

“The point that I was trying to get across was that Wii has sold so much and is being played by so many people, it’s not going to be easy to make them leave that and come to the next system. That was my only point, that it was a difficult task for us to bring those consumers from Wii to Wii U. But unfortunately it doesn’t look like my message got across clearly.”
— Tatsumi Kimishima

Wii was Nintendo’s highest-selling home console of all time (and it’s not even close), so striving for similar sales numbers with Wii U was a mountain of a challenge.

Source: Time

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