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access_time November 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM in News by Pierre Bienaimé

Nintendo Admits to Deliberate Delays

2012? Maaan...

For all its approachable veneer, the Big N sure knows how to wheel and deal. Company president Satoru Iwata has revealed Nintendo’s embrace of a certain dark art: the deliberate withholding of completed games.

But before you cast a stone at the House of Mario, know that these delays are done – of course – with the pragmatic intention of not flooding an already busy market. Speaking on the software lineup for the year’s end, Iwata stated that due to its density, “if [Nintendo] added any more software, the total sales would not increase. Accordingly, we have intentionally delayed the launch of some software titles to early next year.”

If by such delays Nintendo is seeking to assure its future and keep creating loveable games, then so be it! But know this: I would flip-flop on this issue like buttered toast if Nintendo were keeping Pikmin 3 from us. They wouldn’t be keeping that in their back-pocket, would they? WOULD THEY?

No, probably not: Iwata cites the Nintendo 3DS as the platform to which delays pertain, whereas the radish warriors can be expected for the Wii U. *Phew*



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