E3 2011 Interview: Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Talks About ‘Wii U’

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Most specifically, in most of these devices, you are supposed to have 0.5 seconds to 1 second of latency, but that is too long to be able to play video games. So first of all, that is actually one of the first missions we had to tackle, to solve that kind of latency issue. I think you have already experienced some of the demonstrations by now. You probably have noticed that we have already solved that kind of latency.

Of course, this is supposed to be a video game machine so that you can play a video game. But at the same time, you may want to see a situation where your mom or your wife, they want to see some video stream from the console in the kitchen.

So that capability will be there. Okay. The other thing that surprised me was when I played Shield Pose, it was a little bit of a conceptual adjustment because it’s not augmented reality but rather it’s like a portable game world. Do you think you are going to try and stress such implementation for internally developed games?

Well first of all, the person who has strongly demanded that such mechanisms are motion sensing, controlling mechanisms such as gyroscopes, that’s Mr. Miyamoto. Also, in the home console video game we just cannot move the TV set very easily.

But on the contrary, when we are able to add the second screen, of course, we will be able to move that. And Mr. Miyamoto was the first to notice that there’s got to be enormous potential for entertainment. So far there’s got to be, I believe, certain boundaries separating, for one thing, the home console video game.

This idea is specifically for the hand-held game. But with the launch of the Wii U, those kinds of boundaries are going to be disappearing. Including that, we would like to offer some new structure of entertainment.

Another question is why isn’t the controller screen 3D? Since you guys have already successfully implemented it glasses-free, in a smaller format, what was the thinking of keeping it off of the Wii U?

We have a separate mission with Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Of course, there are some TV sets with the capability to show the 3D available today but it’s not dominating yet. Of course, you may want to say now that you have the second screen and you have the 3D technology with Nintendo 3DS, however after all, that kind of experience we can explore over the existing Nintendo 3DS machine. As I said, we are trying to make a new structure of home entertainment and because we are trying to make something unprecedented, we just wanted to focus on something different.

Don’t overcomplicate it. I know you guys aren’t talking about retail offerings yet, but will the controller be available a la carte if you want to add a separate one into your home experience? Is it going to be an additive proposition or will it just be one bound per unit?

First of all, for the SKU, we believe that one controller, the new controller, has got to be included in the package whenever we are going to sell the Wii U console. And as you can guess, this new controller for Wii U is going to cost more than the other controller does, and that’s why, most often, our focus on the software shall be the ones that can be enjoyed with the one Wii U controller.

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