As we creep ever closer to the Wii U launch, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata answered questions from investors.
The company reported losses this week, and amidst all the financials, the lack of clear details on the Wii U system itself has caused concerns with the folk who pump money into the Japanese game maker.
Iwata acknowledged that the company have learnt lessons since the launch of the 3DS and hopes to assure consumers that there isn't a need to worry about price cuts. This had an influence on how the console was priced together with the two distinct hardware bundles.
If we can't provide overwhelming fun not possible with free or 85-yen games, Nintendo and consoles have no value.
Speaking about 3rd parties and the launch line-up, he feels that there is a solid balance of titles from day one right until the end of the launch period. The days of quiet post-launch periods are over, he feels, thanks to Western developers.
He also spoke briefly about Miiverse, with "increasing the number of friends to play with" as the biggest goal. The need for mutual friend code exchange is still a little ambiguous though, and Iwata hopes to explain more about Miiverse before the Wii U launch.
He also expects the proportion third party sales on the Wii U to increase earlier than the DS and Wii.
As for promoting consoles and software, he feels that the regular Nintendo Direct broadcasts and social coverage has helped had a "positive effect on hardware sell through", and increased the numbers on people downloading demos/3D footage. These presentations are now watched by between 600,000 and 1 million people around the globe.
I don't know when our fans will get bored with seeing a regular guy in his 50s talking about games over and over, but I'd like to continue doing it for as long as they enjoy watching and paying attention to Nintendo Directs.
Iwata also touched on DLC and how it won't be available for all game and really depends on the nature of the project - for example Animal Crossing: New Leaf won't received paid DLC as Nintendo feel it would make the experience too costly.