Unlike the Wii, and the GCN, and the N64, Nintendo is actually looking to have strong third party support for the Wii U. “We think it very important to make several hits from the third-party software publishers within the first year from the release of the platform, while offering Nintendo software seamlessly,” Satoru Iwata, Nintendo boss, said in a recent shareholders meeting.
“In order to achieve this goal, we have shared information about the new hardware with the software publishers earlier than we did previously and built a cooperative structure, and we are developing several titles in collaboration with these publishers.
“I cannot talk in detail about the names of the titles, or with which publishers we are currently collaborating, because we have not announced this information yet, but what we are aiming for with the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U is, platforms which have much more software and a wider variety of software than the former Nintendo DS or Wii.
“Therefore, we are thinking of creating an environment where software from other companies will become hits.”
“[We’re] prepared to invest in order to make this a reality,’ he concluded. Wow, to say “third party support” and “Nintendo” in the same sentence sounds kind of strange, but by the looks of it, this might actually happen.