The Wii U has seen a stream of unflattering figures and comparisons since launch, from its loss to the Vita in Japan, to its collectively underwhelming sales in relation to the original Wii. However, despite the system’s obvious troubles, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata firmly advocates that its $300-$350 price tag is not the issue.
“If the price is actually an issue [with Wii U] then there is some contradiction between the current sales balance between the Basic and Premium versions of the Wii U,” Iwata said in a recent statement to CVG. “The basic version should have sold a lot, but the fact of the matter is that people are buying more of the premium version. So the issue is not there.”
In addition, presumably in response to widespread third-party avoidance, Iwata addressed the issue of the Wii U’s software lineup: “I understand that the real issue is the lack of software, and the only solution is to provide the mass-market with a number of quality software titles.”