In an interview with Time magazine, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima told Time that he didn't consider the Wii U a failure, and he never said anything like that. His statement was misunderstood, and what he meant was that because of the 100 million install base of the Wii U, the only direction they could really have gone is down. You can't transition 100 million people from Wii to Wii U. He also said that they would NOT be abandoning the Wii U for the NX any time soon, and that they need to continue to feed those who invested in the Wii U to make that investment worthwhile.
“What I want to do, I think our first job right now is to make sure that the customers, those 10 million customers who have a Wii U at home have software to play. And we need to make sure that they are satisfied with their purchase and continue to enjoy playing on this platform. So we can’t just abandon them and say ‘Hey, it’s time to move on to the next thing.’ Of course we are working on NX and looking at the experiences we can bring to that platform. But first our job at this point is to support the consumers who have purchased Wii U and make sure that they have software experiences available to them.”
“As far as NX goes, I’ve said it’s different and obviously a new experience,” he tells me. “If you look back to the beginning of our conversation today, we talked about the transition from Wii hardware to the Wii U hardware and how difficult it is to explain to the consumer base what is different and new about the new hardware. It’s difficult to convince them to switch from their current platform to the next platform.”
“That being said, I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.”