New Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has vowed that the company will continue to support the Wii U, despite the console's underperformance relative to the Wii and the fact that its successor, the NX, could launch as early as next year. In an interview with Time, Kimishima acknowledged the Wii U's struggles, but said it is imperative that people who bought a Wii U feel supported and satisfied.
Kimishima went on to say Nintendo has no plans to abandon the Wii U anytime soon.
"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," he said. "And we need to make sure that they are satisfied with their purchase and continue to enjoy playing on this platform. So we can' 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," he added. "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."
"I can assure you we're not building the next version of Wii or Wii U," he said. "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."