Nintendo has no intention of walking away from the Wii U and actually believes it is real contender in a three way console race with the PS4 and Xbox One.

So poor has the Wii U been selling in the previous year that many commentators had pretty much written off the system, but Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is much more confident about the platform's outlook.

Asked by The Seattle Time if Nintendo will have to release a next-gen console in the next couple of years, Fils-Aime responded: "We don't think so. We think that the Wii U has a long and vibrant life in front of it.

"What it needs are games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Splatoon - those types of games that can really drive the installed base. We believe if we can do that effectively the Wii U has a long and robust life."

In fact, Fils-Aime says Wii U is actually ahead of Xbox One in terms of life-to-date sales.

"The dirty little secret is if you look at life-to-date numbers, between Sony and Nintendo they'd be pretty close in terms of PS4 vs. Wii U, with Xbox coming in third place. I think it's going to be a three-horse race for the balance of this cycle."

Fils-Aime also suggested that Wii U may outsell the competition in June, thanks largely to Mario Kart 8.

Source: The Seattle Times