Summary Box: Nintendo chief hopeful on Wii U debut

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LESSONS LEARNED: Nintendo is determined to launch its next game machine, Wii U, properly and learn from mistakes selling its 3DS handheld.

ROUGH TIMES AHEAD: Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata warns that earnings for the next fiscal year, which begins in April, will be Nintendo’s toughest ever. He blames the strong yen, which erases overseas earnings, and other mobile devices that offer gaming in lowering an outlook for this year.

PREDICTIONS: Iwata vows that the company will be better prepared when it introduces the Wii U home console during the 2012 year-end shopping season for a strong comeback. Without giving specifics, he says the Wii U will come with a strong game lineup at the launch as well as secure and safe Internet services that will offer players individual accounts.