Why Nintendo Needs to Continue Doing Its Own Thing

SuperPhillip Central writes, "There seems to be a narrative among gamers and the industry regarding the Wii U. It is much more exciting-- and delivers more hits-- to have negative news about the console rather than positive news. This is just an unfortunate part of the industry we live in. However, some have gone so far as to say that Nintendo should have made their console much more powerful to perhaps rival that of Sony's next console and Microsoft's next Xbox, or to somehow conform more to industry standards. I disagree with these assumptions, and here's why."

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MsmackyM2030d ago

The article was pretty much on point. I also think Nintendo serves the industry better being an innovator instead of just trying to produce the most powerful console.

rainslacker2030d ago

There really is no point for them to try and go head to head against their competitors. Nintendo is a strong brand that can stand on it's own, just like all the others.

The only thing that I don't agree with in this article is that they shouldn't really worry about 3rd party support. I know Nintendo makes some great games, but for the average consumer that isn't really enough. Looking at the Wii, the lack of third party support made the system something that many people would pick up and hardly ever play. I believe a console itself should deliver value and entertainment across the board, and neglecting a huge part of the market is counter-productive to a healthy industry, even if the other console makers are willing to pick it up. Luckily it seems at least Nintendo is trying to get back more 3rd party support this gen, and for the most part it seems to be working with EA and Ubisoft. Others will and are following.

Thatguy-3102030d ago

Nintendo is a strong company but look what happen to it the last two gens. It easily got demolish by sony so all 3 companies have to be in their A game because anyone can easily lose a fight. The thing that saved Nintendo this gen was catering to the casual market but the wii u doesnt have the same appeal and wont win over the casuals since the ios and android platforms are easily taking care of it.

rainslacker2030d ago

Based on your reply I'm going to assume you mean their N64 and Gamecube.

The N64 tried to go head to head against the PS1. It failed miserably in getting 3rd party support, although it did have a few big names. Sony just offered a more attractive deal to developers. At that time Nintendo was not an easy company to work with, but because of their market share most companies had little choice. Sony pulled that rug out from under them. Not only with using cheaper optical media (during a time when memory prices were extremely high), but with a powerful system that was easy to develop for.

They had a similar experience with the GameCube. By then Sony was very strong in the market, and their 3rd party support was some of the best ever seen, leading to PS2's dominance of the marketplace. The GC was good for it's time, but was still limited with a small optical media storage unit. On top of that they had to compete against MS as well, which was bringing new things to the table(or at least expanding on what the Dreamcast offered).

The point is that Nintendo consoles tend to sell because of their first party, but to deny that they don't suffer if they don't have 3rd party support would be ignoring a huge variable in the market. On a hardware side they did Dominate this gen with the Wii, but from a software side it was far from dominate to many of us on here.

They shouldn't ignore the casual market, and while it's not as huge of a factor with their current strategy, it's still something that they should support for long term success. Same goes for the other 2.

The thing is, there doesn't have to be a winner or loser in this "fight". They can all co-exist happily and they can all achieve success on their own merits. For Nintendo and the consumers sake I hope they achieve getting back strong 3rd party support. It will only make things better for us and the industry as a whole.

Thatguy-3102030d ago

Totally agree with everything you said. To me nobody really lost this gen what so ever. Yea this person sold more than that person but if you compare it to past gens no one really got demolished since all three manufacturers passed the 70 million mark and are still selling.

Phil322030d ago

I wasn't really trying to say that Nintendo shouldn't worry about third-party support. I was saying that building a console around Nintendo's own games would hurt third-party support a bit but wouldn't totally ruin them.

I am sorry for the confusion. I should have written it better, and I apologize for that.

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Thatguy-3102030d ago

Last gen they got save and made a huge risk by catering to the casuals. Heck it was Nintendo that form that demo graphic and made it mainstream. That being said, that demographic has easily been taken away by ios and android devices hence the lack of wii consoles being sold now. Cant really judge the future of wiiu but I'm positive that it will have more of an uphill battle than the wii.

MasterCratosKong662030d ago

I don't know about that. I definitely would say that the mobile devices are trimming market share, but it isn't so cut and dry. Almost half of the households (in America at least) have game consoles in their house, and out of those the average has two consoles and also has mobile devices with games too. Now the better those mobile games get, the more concern will be had, but for now at least they are more adding to what we already have than taking away from it.

zebramocha2030d ago (Edited 2030d ago )

@msmacky How is that? They didn't have a game that used motion in an non obvious way on top of that ,the wii didn't worked as most people thought.

MsmackyM2030d ago

Nintendo introduced the directional pad, and rumble pack, as well as popularized analog control with Mario 64. Nintendo greatest strength in my opinion is developing new ways to play games. With each new console release for Nintendo the controller, is part of the main attraction.

Pillsbury12030d ago

It's always done its own thing, competitors imitate.

daclynk2030d ago

The article was pretty much i wanter hear.I dont care what anyone say.As i multiply console owner nintendo will be my first choice when it come exclusive games and this is coming from someone who has been gaming nintendo vs atari days.just watch for your viewing pleasure.

ShaunCameron2026d ago

Because this is where real innovation comes from. You cannot buy innovation. It has to be in you.