Epic Games vice president Mark Rein says that gamers should expect an amazing showing from Nintendo's new console at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. If that doesn't happen, he says, he's "be shocked." Rein's endorsement pulls a lot of weight as Nintendo continues to struggle with the lack of third-party support on its platforms.
As long as you put Mario or Pokemon on a game system, it will sell enough units to keep you in business. That essentially explains Nintendo's business model for the last couple Nintendo systems. If it gets major third-party publishing support, few of those titles even make the front page, leaving some to abandon support altogether. Games are released simultaneously on PS3 and Xbox 360 all the time, but only for certain titles does the Wii get included in that mix.
Rein sees the Wii U as a chance to bring back huge third-party support, though. In an interview with Eurogamer, Rein said, "I like the Wii U. I think E3 will be a big eye-opener for people ... Their hardware is the software delivery service for their great content." He said that Epic can do a lot with its Unreal Engine 3. "I think it will do great," he affirmed. We'll see if that actually happens.