Originally Posted by Father_Brain
Not in the West, at this point.
In Japan, given their stronger ties with local third parties, Nintendo actually had (has?) a better chance of bridging the Wii/PS3 casual/core divide by getting HD core titles, first-party Nintendo titles, Monster Hunter, and Dragon Quest on the same platform. Basically, the successful Japanese 3DS strategy translated to consoles.
It doesn't seem to be working out that way, likely due to the same ecosystem concerns that are keeping many Western multiplatform titles off the system, but it makes sense in theory.
So, I can kind of see the argument behind wanting to get Final Fantasy on to a platform with a more broad audience than the ps4/720 may end up with in Japan, but is that really a concern for Dark Souls and Metal Gear?
I mean, from the perspective of Konami and FROM Software, how much do they really stand to benefit?
My main concern in regards to Final Fantasy is that Square Enix might view appearing to have absolute top of the top tier graphics and technology as being incredibly important to Final Fantasy in the West, at which point trying to build the game in a way that makes it portable to Wii U could become unappealing.
I have to imagine there was some reason they didn't make a more serious go of Final Fantasy on the Wii, and I could see that logic transitioning over to its successor, whereas a series like Dragon Quest decides to go all in on the Wii/Wii U and not show up on other platforms at all for following the other half of this logic (not worth the time targeting a more core-heavy oriented platform).
Originally Posted by schuelma
1- I do think this is partly Nintendo overcompensating for the 3DS unveil where a ton of franchises were announced that ended up releasing late or not releasing at all.
2- I do not believe Nintendo has a lot of software lined up for Q1-Q2 in Japan. I think they have more than they have shown, but I don't think they have that much. So I completely agree with you there. As far as next Fall/Winter, Nintendo's own actions and Japan's general way of doing things tells me you cannot read any thing into the 2013 second half lineup right now.
Oh I totally agree with part 2 for sure.
You can't even read most of the West's Fall 2013 line-up right now and they announce much earlier.