IGN posted news that was discussed during today’s investor briefing Nintendo held in Japan. It was at this briefing where Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata, announced that the company has no intention of revealing the price or launch date of the Wii U at E3 his June. This is similar to what the company did with the 3DS. They used E3 to unveil the system, showcase the games and features, but disclosed the full launch details closer to the system’s launch.
That’s not the only news we have for you. Starting this August New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be available as a digital download from the eShop on the same date as the retail version. There will be no discount for the digital release though, which is a bit disappointing. For now NSMB2 will be the only full 3DS title to be available on the eShop, but somehow we doubt it will be the last.
Finally the last big piece of news revealed at the briefing was that starting on day one Wii U players would be able to download Nintendo first-party titles from the Wii U’s eShop or purchase them via more traditional means. While we’re assuming third parties could also choose to follow Nintendo, it doesn’t appear like this will be policy. The bizarre part of this news is that Nintendo made no mention of any hardware alterations to the Wii U, which doesn’t feature a hard drive.
This news is quite exciting as it shows Nintendo is preparing to make some bold moves in the coming months. Iwata-san also reiterated that Wii U will be released worldwide by the end of the year. That means at E3 this year the lid should be blown off on the system, and a ton of software and the online features should all be revealed. We’ll have all the info as it breaks.
What are your thoughts on all of this?