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Submitted by GuruGavrill 751d ago | opinion piece

The Rise and Fall of the Nintendo Empire

Jeremy Pool writes - "I’ll admit it, the title is slightly over-dramatic, and the ‘Big N’ hasn’t really fallen. Yet, with the recent announcement that the long-running Nintendo Power magazine is closing its doors, and as a loyal consumer and fan-boy of Nintendo’s for over two decades, I cannot ignore the perceived decline of a gaming juggernaut." (3DS, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, Wii, Wii U)

Silver-Hawk  +   751d ago
Microsoft and Sony has the core gamers in their corner. The Wii u is a confused console that has the fanboys only in their corner. Nintendo is losing fanboys from their corner daily and when the next gen systems are released Nintendo will be losing them at a faster rate. Nintendo was trying to fool people into thinking they will cater more to the core gamers but all their previews of the Wii u shows that they are not. Most Nintendo fanboys will start waking up to see Nintendos ploy when they see the Xbox720 and ps4 especially when they realize that Nintendo is trying to fool them with another Wii
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victoryscreeeeeech  +   751d ago
And this is all factual, right? None of this is opinion in any way.
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tehpees3  +   751d ago
Your having a laugh right? I can't believe people are STILL ignoring Microsoft's new direction with Kinect like they are dedicated to core gamers.

Seriously, if Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, Darksiders II, HD CoD, EA sports and Batman aren't enough to persuade you that Nintendo is trying then what is?

I bet even if Nintendo had GTA V you'd all still carry on this nonsense. I wouldn't care but pretending like 720 is going to be the console the hardcore has been waiting for when they are taking EXACTLY THE SAME DIRECTION as Nintendo just shows an incredible amount of bias and its time people stopped ignoring it.

To act like Wii U is being treated the same as Wii when we haven't seen the full lineup is foolish. And besides that, the launch games in there are actually much better than those 360 and PS3 had. All three have shoddy versions of sports games but Wii U has some of the most critically acclaimed franchises of this generation right from day 1.

I can't wait to see all your disappointment E3 next year when you all see Microsoft forcing Kinect 2.0 complete with smart glass down your throats. The way I see it Nintendo baited Microsoft into the casual market and they fell for it.
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morganfell  +   751d ago
The titles you named that says they are trying are 3rd part titles. Everything you named is multiplatform. That isn't Nintendo trying, that is those respective companies believing they can sell games who are trying.

When you see Nintendo with Nintendo developers dedicating large budgets to core games then you will see it is Nintendo trying.
AWBrawler  +   751d ago
What the hell is up with this double standard? MS or Sony get 3rd party hardcore games and it's all good, but if Nintendo gets a 3rd party hardcore game, it doesn't count because Nintendo didn't make it??

Heck Nintendo themselves admit they aren't as good at making M rated games as others, so why hold that against them, especially of awesome hardcore games like No more Heroes, Monster Hunter, DragonQuest, and MadWorld are on their console?
Zhipp  +   750d ago
@morganfell
Nintendo's biggest/highest budget games have always been core titles...

Also, those thrid party titles show that Nintendo is at least trying to garner some third party support.
Freakazoid2012  +   750d ago
That is just pathetic. All you do is troll anything not Sony but you get bubbled up while people that are positive about all companies are bubbled down for saying anything positive about MS or Nintendo on this site.
Gr81  +   750d ago
You (Silver Hawk)
Are just as biased and ridiculous as that dude that always says "Rated E for Everyone." But not as charming.

And what exactly was wrong with the Wii? The Wii was awesome. That system alone made Nintendo more dough than either HD console combined. They were rolling in billions in profits. The 'core' gamer isn't the only gamer out there. M$ knows this which is why they have changed their direction, and Sony's clueless ass is still chasing a gaming minority..such as yourself, that will spell the doom of Playstation. You guys are like Sega Saturn supporters.

What do you think of the Wii U gamepad? now answer what you think of that Vita/PS3 combo that tries to emulate a Wii U gamepad? What do you think of mario Kart? and now what do you think of LBP Kart? lol. Or Smash Bros and PS All Stars. I already know what you think lol!

You are straight ridiculous. But I give you an E for effort. How much is Sony paying you?

"Rated E for Everyone"
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nintendojunkie28  +   751d ago
You should replace Nintendo with Sony,in that headline.It makes more sense in that context.
Treian  +   751d ago
says someone with the name "nintendojunkie28" LOL
nintendojunkie28  +   751d ago
Names aside,you know I'm right,whether you admit it or not.If anyone has fallen flat on their face in recent years,it would be Sony.
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yourmom2921  +   751d ago
Well, nintendojunkie28 is objectively correct. Statistically, Sony would be a more plausible replacement. Given their past and on-going losses, it is quite the problem for them. Despite that, I don't think they will be in trouble as long as they play their cards right and make careful business decisions. That is also why I really think the power of the PS4 will not be such a massive leap as everyone thinks it will be... they simply cannot afford to do something like that--unless they sell it for a ridiculous price that may turn off some consumers.
Treian  +   751d ago
Sony has not fell. The pump out a great amount of quality exclusives, and have a good online service.
yourmom2921  +   751d ago
"Sony has not fell. The pump out a great amount of quality exclusives, and have a good online service."

Unfortunately, in the world of business, despite excellent services that a company may provide, if the company is taking large losses and making poor business decisions, it is possible for that company to go bankrupt.
ALLWRONG  +   751d ago
Nintendo is making money, Sony is losing money. Sony is last in "all" it's gaming markets, Nintendo is first.
nintendojunkie28  +   751d ago
That pretty much sums it up right there.

On a side note...lol at my disagrees,I thought this was a "Nintendo" article.Did I hit a nerve Sony fans?

Oh....and why are you here again?..Hmmm
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Xperia_ion  +   751d ago
Another flambait article and more childish behavior go figure.
kesvalk  +   751d ago
welcome to the gaming community!

but really, none of the big 3 are falling... it's just the fanboys feverish misconceptions of the industry...

if the fanboys were right, nintendo would be making a Super Mario for Xbox360 and a Metroid for the PS3...
DivineAssault  +   751d ago
if 3rd party doesnt make money off their software on nintendo platforms, they wont make games for it anymore.. Without 3rd party, ps3/360 players wont jump ship.. without ps3/360 players OR casuals to buy wii u, only fans will.. They can become a software only company if they dont want take heavy losses from investors & tech research..

Sony has taken heavy losses from multiple divisions but PS isnt one of em.. PS makes sony money so if anything goes from sony, itl be tv, cameras, & PCs...
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AO1JMM  +   751d ago
They are not falling any more than MS or Sony are falling. What a lame article.
TheDivine  +   751d ago
More like "How Nintendo Recaptured The Gaming Market". Seriously, they came back after weak gamecube sales and outsold both Sony and MS. The 3ds is the best selling handheld and already has the best library ever (especially since it plays all ds titles). They have launched new ip's like Xenoblade, The Last Story, Kid Icarus Uprising, and huge exclusives from 3rd parties like RE Revelations, Kingdom Hearts, and more on the way. I think the wii-u will be their best console since the snes. I know it wont be as powerful as the Nextbox and Ps4 but as long as its at least as strong as the 360/Ps3 il be happy. Zelda, Metroid, Mario in HD along with games like Xenoblade and TLS, hell yea! I also think alot of games in genres i love will skip the Ps4/Nextbox for the wii-u because it will be more familliar, easier, and cheaper. Hell we only got one classic big budget Jrpg epic this gen and that was in 2007 (Lost Odyssey). Theres hardly any smaller titles because they cant afford it. Theyre all on handhelds or XBLA/PSN. Dev's will take more chances and the tablet controller is just plain awesome.

Imagine if we got a TWEWY sequel on wii-u or Prof Layton and other great ds ip's? Theres so much potential and the social network thingy on the wii-u is the future of online imo, Merge the friend system with the forums and facebook all into one seamless network on the console. I dont think it will be there when it launches but i expect MS to take that idea and run with it. Im excited to see how it evolves.
--Onilink--  +   751d ago
So... the most succesful company out of the 3 this past gen on handhelds and home consoles. It has been around for over 25 years, has a huge chunk of cash, the newly released handheld is proving to be a success.

And yet the author feels Nintendo is declining because Nintendo Power, a magazine no longer owned by Nintendo is closing up shop, more than anything because of the state of magazines these days, and nothing related to gaming itself...

yeah, makes total sense
NYC_Gamer  +   751d ago
Nintendo 64 was the last console i brought from Reggie and company
AWBrawler  +   751d ago
Reggie didn't show up until 2004
mike1up  +   751d ago
I hope that Reggie's armor is flame-retardant.
ALLWRONG  +   751d ago
Did I jump into a dimensional portal and end up in wishful thinking land?

Last time I checked Nintendo still holds top spot in every product they have.

Number 1 console (still) check
Number 1 and 2 portable check

Maybe things fall up on your planet.

Who still buys printed mags?
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ChunkyLover53  +   751d ago
Who knew a company with the number one selling home console and handheld was a declining power?
The Nintendo Power thing was inevitable, we are moving more and more towards digital content and sooner or later all of the magazines will make the switch. When I renewed my Game Informer, they automatically switched it to digital until I called and complained.

Nintendo takes chances, but they have a very loyal fanbase and they make very quality games.
mike1up  +   750d ago
Agreed, and well said.

Nintendo Power has been out since like 1988. Imo that's a good run for a magazine, and a huge run for a video game mag.

Bubble +
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Belking  +   750d ago
Nintendo will always be around. I remember when they announced the wii people said that it would fail. well, it looks like they have been more successful than both MS and sony and it looks like people are repeating the same mistakes by underestimating the wii-u. When this gen is over, Reggie's and Nintendo's pockets will be fatter than last gen and thats what count's when you run a business. MS pockets will always be fat and sony pockets will be less fatter because of the mistakes they made earlier this gen.
wiiulee  +   750d ago
in the wiiu nintendo has a system that cannot fail, so nintendo is staying on top for more then a few years longer in both console and portable since psvita is no challenge

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