Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata says the company must focus on making its own games for Wii U in order to support the platform, adding that third party publishing partnerships are of secondary importance for the foreseeable future.
"Our focus is, first of all, to regain the momentum of the Wii U towards the end of this year," he said, in an interview with IGN. "Then we'll try to establish successful third-party Wii U software titles."
Nintendo has attempted to mobilize its key franchises, as Wii U has struggled to make an impact. Super Mario 3D World, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 and a HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker are all coming out in the next year or so. Third-party die-hard support has come from Ubisoft, which is rolling out some of its multi-platform games for Wii U, including Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends. But other big companies like EA and Activision have held back from fully committing to Wii U.
"The fact of the matter is that there are some areas of game creation that Nintendo is very good at, but there are other things that Nintendo is not very good at," Iwata said. "There are huge numbers of fans of Nintendo software, but at the same time, those types of players still sometimes want to play something else on our platform. Because of that, we always need third parties to support us, in order to make our platform complete."