Nintendo: We need to develop games ‘quickly’, we’re ‘too careful’

Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma, director of the Zelda series, had strong words in a recent interview. He spoke about how Nintendo needs to make games quicker than they currently do.

This is a sentiment I think most Wii U owners share as Pikmin 3 and others were delayed from “launch window” to summer or holiday recently. Aonuma says that they need to make games quicker and that is one of their faults.

The way we make games is we’re very careful. We’re very thorough. We’re very detailed. We take a long time analyzing the different parts of a game… almost to our detriment. Almost too careful. I think the need is there for us to make decisions more quickly, weigh the risks [and] see what the payoff is.

I certainly appreciate that Nintendo takes their time with games regardless of financials, release schedules, etc. Miyamoto’s got that stellar quote about a “delay game being bad forever”. That said, Nintendo needs to hire a lot more developers so they can increase their workload and get games out faster.

  • brianc6234

    They also need to make a more powerful console. Now that the PS4 isn’t much more than the Wii U there really won’t be much reason for gamers to buy a Wii U. Will Nintendo cut their price 50%?

    • Adnan Ilyas

      Just because a console isnt as powerful doesnt become relevant, aint you learnt the ds was better than the psp but wasnt as powerful and the list goes on. Dont understand how you dont get that

      • brianc6234

        Aint ain’t a word. and yes, the power does matter. Nobody should be wasting hundreds of dollars on the Wii U right now when the PS4 will be out this fall. Do you have hundreds of dollars to waste? Sony has much better first party games than Nintendo anyway.

        • gimmegimmekevin

          What is deemed a ‘waste’ to you isn’t a ‘waste’ to others. Opinions differ and it’s good that you’re looking forward to Sony’s first party line up. They certainly have some stellar games coming. You should be careful about insulting other users here as it won’t be tolerated. If you want to put strangers down for liking things you don’t like on the internet then you should go somewhere else. Other than that, thanks for reading!

    • Joshua

      Power isn’t the end all when it comes to consoles. It’s all about how the developer takes advantage of it.

      Nintendo themselves have shown just what the Wii U can do with it’s specs – particularly with Mario Kart 8.

  • Roderick Sykes

    @brianc6234:disqus I’m not going to be a hipocrite and say I don’t like power. I do. I’m a PC nerd I thrive on power. But I don’t decide the success of a console based on power. The Wii U is as powerful as it needs to be. Nintendo didn’t set any standards on how powerful their console needs to be, only their games and their play-ability matters. Back when the GameCube was more powerful than the PS2 (proven), no one cared. The first party games spoke for the console themselves. Sure, PS4 and XB1 have 8GB RAM, powerful OSes, motion sensor capabilities and multimedia functionality (especially in the XB1’s case).

    But do their controller schemes have built in displays for off-screen gaming, six-player on one console support (Nintendo is currently working on adding a second Game Pad), built-in camera into controller as well as TV controls, standard audio input/output (virtual surround), NFC and more? I think not. From that perspective I can easily say that the Wii U is more powerful than PS4 and XB1, but that would be inaccurate and unfair. In the end, it doesn’t matter.