Nintendo president admits 3DS launch line-up was weak

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has been making a lot of admissions lately.

After saying the Wii U presentation was confusing and he should have done a better job explaining the actual hardware of the device, Iwata is now accepting the criticism that the 3DS doesn’t really have that many good games.

He made the comments during a shareholder meeting in which the Wii U debacle was brought up. When Nintendo introduced the new console – with Iwata at the helm of the presentation – the company’s stock price actually dipped. That’s almost unheard of for Nintendo or any game console manufacturer.

Iwata initially said he was confused by the reaction but then came to terms with the fact that his presentation was flawed.

And as long as Iwata was owning up to mistakes, he said, “We also must reflect on the fact that we were not able to launch Nintendo 3DS at a time when a sufficient number of strong software titles were ready,” according to a quote from Gamasutra.

He said the lessons learned from that launch will mean the Wii U won’t suffer the same fate.

“In order to avoid the same thing from happening to the Wii U, we are considering details, such as what software is suitable for the launch, more carefully than ever before,” he said.

So far, the 3DS has garnered praise for its 3D camera application and the Street Fighter IV launch game, but inconceivably, there still isn’t a game that features company icon Mario, or Pokemon, or virtually any of Nintendo’s most popular franchises.