Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata answered questions for investors after announcing Nintendo’s annual financial results last week.  Iwata is stated as saying that he believes one of the many reason that the Wii U is  not selling as well as expect is because Nintendo’s games, as well as games from others console developers are not wowing consumers like they used to.  Iwata continues to state the following:

We try to offer various kinds of software for a video game platform, and the games are improving steadily each year, but these improvements are becoming less noticeable,”

“In short, what one platform can offer will eventually become saturated. Every consumer will inevitably become tired of and get less excitement from the same type of entertainment.”

Iwata also said that is has become even more difficult to impress players, even when greater amount of energy is put into development.  Iwata continued by adding:

“The development challenges for home console games selling for around $50-$60 have increased significantly. Around the time when I first wrote a program for a home console game 30 years ago, two developers, including me, completed it in only three months. Things have changed dramatically since then, and we therefore need to expand the range of software developers.” 

He is also quoted as saying:

“Lowering software prices and a rise in the number of devices you can play games on without a dedicated gaming machine are gradually setting the bar higher for us to encourage our consumers to pay a certain sum of money for software,” 

Iwata stated finally the following:

“I believe the future of the video game industry depends on the number of games developers release that consumers consider to be fresh and worth paying for.”  

 Source: Gamasutra

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