Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime attempted to address concerns that there has been a real lack of third-party titles for the Wii U announced so far this week, but didn't actually mention any third-party titles. During Nintendo's E3 Direct feed yesterday Nintendo didn't highlight one company outside of its own brand that is developing a game for the Wii U or even the 3DS.
Speaking to IGN, Fils-Aime insisted that the company has a strong development pipeline outside of its first-party line-up.
We have a very robust development pipeline, and it's not just first-party.
"What you're seeing more and more, Devil's Third is a great example of it, is what we call second-party development. So, partnering with an established studio to bring some exclusive content to our platform. And then what you're also seeing are the big third-parties creating games like Just Dance, the Lego series."
"We're seeing a tremendous indie community really supporting our platforms," Fils-Aime added, "not only Wii U but 3DS as well, and those games are doing exceptionally well. From the developer's standpoint having those games merchandised side-by-side with Mario, with legacy Zelda-type games, they love it because the traffic is there, the attention is there, and so those independent games are also going to be a very key part of our product pipeline."
Major publishers like EA and Take-Two have ignored the Wii U this week. Earlier this week, Ubisoft said that the company is holding back a finished Wii U game until the console's user base grows sufficiently to warrant marketing investment in the title. Ubisoft did not mention the Wii U version of Watch Dogs this week either.