After selling 610,000 Wii Us between July and September – nearly double the previous year – and having a holiday line-up that includes Super Smash Bros and Amiibo, Nintendo’s feeling pretty good about their latest console right now.
However, the Wii U is missing out on some of the biggest games of 2014, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V, and Assassin’s Creed Unity, while Watch Dogs didn’t launch on the system until months after the other platforms.
None of this bothers Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime though, who told Recode in a recent interview that he’d love to have third-party content on Wii U, but being different is more important:
I would love to have Call of Duty on our platform. I would love to have any of the big blockbuster, multi-platform titles. But I have to say, more specifically, I want games that provide a differentiated consumer experience. If you look at the other two competitive platforms, fundamentally, what’s the difference?
When Recode brought up that each system has exclusive games the other doesn’t, Reggie continued:
But interestingly, when you look at either one, either by themselves doesn’t have a lot of exclusive content. They have a lot of shared content. Look at it from the standpoint of, what don’t they have? They don’t have our games. They don’t have Mario and Zelda. I’d much rather be where Nintendo is, with a differentiated platform, differentiated set-up experiences that we can provide uniquely to the consumer. Let those other guys battle it out over, you know, which visual representation of Call of Duty is most compelling. I like our chances of having a differentiated console and a differentiated series of experiences.
According to recent estimates, the Wii U has shipped 7.29 million units worldwide, while the Xbox One is around 7 million and the PlayStation 4 13.5 million, with the PS4 and Xbox One launching one year after the Wii U.
Would you rather be where Nintendo is, or where Sony and Microsoft are?