Nintendo outlines plan to 'enrich the value of Wii U GamePad'

DS games on Virtual Console and more NFC titles planned

Nintendo has shared its plans to "enrich the value" of the Wii U GamePad.

The company outlined its intentions as it reported a net loss for the financial year ended March 31 2014 following disappointing Wii U sales.


Nintendo intends to address the system's poor performance by releasing more software that makes use of the GamePad's unique features, thereby highlighting what makes the console unique compared to other systems.

"Regarding Wii U, which still faces a challenging sales situation, Nintendo will focus on efforts that seek to stimulate the platform," a statement from the company reads.

"By providing software that takes advantage of the Wii U GamePad, utilising its built-in functionality as an NFC reader/writer, and adding Nintendo DS Virtual Console titles to the Wii U software line-up, Nintendo will seek to enrich the value of the Wii U GamePad, the most important differentiator of Wii U, and as a result expand the sales of the Wii U platform."

Nintendo announced in January that it would be bringing DS games to Wii U Virtual Console, with president Satoru Iwata telling investors the firm had "overcome technical hurdles" to enable DS titles to be played on bigger screens.

Although the Wii U GamePad features NFC technology similar to Skylanders and Oyster cards, only one game to date - Pokemon Rumble U - makes use of it by enabling players to buy small Pokemon toys that can be placed on the GamePad and sent into the game.