Posted on June 11 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
Sega naturally knows a lot more about Wii U than any of us do, and have likely been with Nintendo almost every step of the way. It comes as no surprise then that they happen to know a bit more about when the system is coming out, as they have likely been having their teams develop around a certain schedule. It appears, from the quote, we can expect a spring or summer release of Wii U, versus waiting for the holiday season.
GS: Will Sonic Generations be released for the Wii U?
AP: The timing just doesn’t work. Generations releases this November, and the Wii U is coming out next spring/summer. I think one of the things we don’t have to do, or reduce where possible, is we don’t want to port games. I think if there’s going to be a Sonic game for the Wii U, it needs to be built from the ground up. It’s more likely that it would be a separate stand-alone installment or in conjunction with a multiplatform release in the future. But to bring out Generations on a platform six or eight months after we release PS3, 360, and 3DS probably won’t be the best strategy.
This exactly the biggest of news, but it does mean we should be seeing plenty of game announcements and reveals between now and next years E3. It is likely the system could be out before E3. Keeping that in mind, a lot of those Spring releases for 3rd parties could truly be on their way to Wii U, or even debut on Wii U to sort of promote it before releasing later for other consoles.
I just hope the release isn’t like the 3DS, which lacked any real quality software. Even if it’s just ports, as long as the ports are good games that are within the same launch window as the other consoles I’ll still be happy. Anything is better than shovelware. I do think New Super Mario Bros. Mii will attract a hefty casual market out the gate as well. For those not aware, the original for the Wii sold over 20 million copies.