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Nintendo explains empty Wii release slate

"We're already juggling two big balls."

With only Kirby's Epic Yarn and Mario Sports Mix to shout about, it's been a lean year for Nintendo-published Wii titles so far. What's more, aside from than Zelda: Skyward Sword, it seems there's very little for users to look forward to either.

So what gives? Has Nintendo given up? Not at all, says Nintendo US boss Reggie Fils-Aime - it's just had its hands full with the 3DS.

"We have had to effectively prepare for the launch of 3DS as well as effectively prepare for the launch of Pokémon Black and White," he told IGN.

"Candidly, we've pushed out some Wii launches so we can focus on our handheld business. We're already juggling two big balls. To add a third would be a little bit challenging. Or a fourth or a fifth."

Reggie then offered reassurance that new titles were coming. Some will see the light of day before the annual E3 event in June, and some will be revealed there.

"We're waiting to space things out and let Pokémon Black and White and 3DS live and breathe out there. But there's content coming and we'll be sharing more in the weeks ahead. We'll be bringing some content out before E3 and then certainly at E3 we'll be sharing some news."

The only other confirmed Nintendo-published titles on the horizon are a new Kirby game and a new Rhythm Heaven title. Another possibility is Mistwalker's The Last Story RPG, though at present, Nintendo has announced no plans to localise it.

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