The launch of Nintendo's Wii U last month didn't go off without a hitch, but Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime is confident in the new system. In particular, he told Gamasutra that though official reviews have been mixed, users and fans have responded positively to the Wii U.
"Reviews of a system or review of a game really come down to the quality and capability of the reviewer," he said. "There has been a range of comments and commentary. But when I go on Miiverse and see how consumers are reacting to games like ZombiU or … Call of Duty, that tells me we're doing something very, very positive. Similarly, when I go on other consumer social networks and see other consumer reaction that is positive, I know we've done well."
And on the topic of the Wii U's enormous, mandatory day-one firmware update:
"Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers," he said. "That creates a dynamic where our developers are working on elements until the very last point possible. That's why the system update was required on Day One - and this is quite similar to what's happened with other consumer electronic products."
We won't argue with him there. The Wii U was missing some notable functions, like TVii, at launch, but that's promised to arrive this month. Other than that, it's probably going to come down to what games Nintendo has planned for 2013, and what they can reveal next year at E3 2013.
Have you picked up a Wii U yet? Are you happy with Nintendo's new system so far?