Wii U and 3DS software support will continue, Nintendo vows

Fans left disappointed by Nintendo’s anaemic E3 showing should not worry about ongoing software support for their current systems, the platform holder says.

The NX is new hardware, and will start from zero. However, the 3DS and Wii U have install bases. Immediately cutting off software for previous hardware upon the release of a new machine is inefficient,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has told investors, according to a Twitter translation.

We will continue making 3DS/Wii software while preparing for the NX. We are prioritizing satisfying customers who purchased the Wii U.”

Some suspect that Wii U owners may have little in the way of new software to come, what with the scarcity of announcements at E3 and Nintendo’s decision to announce that development has begun on its next machine. The company has also had to dispel fears that its next Zelda game has dropped the Wii U.

Iwata has reiterated, however, that the only reason the NX was announced so early was to dispel fears that the company may abandon home consoles in the wake of news that it is branching into mobile.

The NX was announced then to indicate that we are not retreating from game platforms and will continue the hardware business,” he added. Normally, the announcement would’ve been made later. It was like revealing a magic trick ahead of time.”

Iwata has previously hinted that the NX could exist alongside the Wii U and 3DS, although the statement was certainly open to interpretation.

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