Submitted by 32froshes 976d ago | opinion piece

Does Nintendo Control The Market?

Hardcore gamers have become accustomed to casually mocking Nintendo systems since the GameCube hit the market in 2001. But, even if you're not entirely sold on Nintendo's vision of console gaming, you have to admit that they have a pretty good handle on their market. This week, Nintendo announced a collection of numbers that showed off their systems' surprising longevity and effectively backhanded the competition. (Industry, Nintendo, Wii U)

wishingW3L  +   976d ago
to some extend I'd agree since they popularized most of the stuff that are now standard in gaming like: rumble, shoulder buttons, analog sticks and even the horrible motion controller. But this is not the whole story though....
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Sgt_Slaughter  +   976d ago
I'm pretty sure that Sony made the analog stick popular. The N64 had one but it was too thin, flimsy and overall less reliable than the Dualshock's sticks.
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Taibo  +   976d ago
Not sure about that now, from what I remember Mario 64, Golden eye and Zelda showed the importance of the analog stick. Cant remember using it at all for my ps1, I would stick with Nintendo but I could be wrong, just going by memory.
MsmackyM  +   976d ago
The 1st Playstation controller didn't have analog sticks, it was later that the Sony released an upgraded controller with dual analogs sticks.
Sgt_Slaughter  +   976d ago
I never said that Sony was the first, just that the Playstation sticks were better. A lot of controllers going forward used that as a basis for comparison.

I still love the N64 controller more, though, but the control stick is the biggest con. (They do make ones that have a GameCube stick which improves it a lot)
PopRocks359  +   976d ago
I would not say so entirely. Generally the consumers do. Though sometimes an outlet can have somewhat of an influence. Nintendo's ideas have been emulated for a while now. Motion control and handheld gaming to name two things.
guitarded77  +   976d ago
Nintendo is to gaming what Fender is to guitars... they may not be the most refined machines compared to other manufacturers, but when most people think video games they think Nintendo first... just like how if you look up guitar in an encyclopedia 9/10 times there will be a pic of a Stratocaster or Telecaster. Nintendo is iconic. Does it make them the best for everyone? No, but unless Nintendo goes off the deep end and repeatedly does many stupid things, they will continue to be a huge player in gaming for a long, long time. Nintendo is my roots, and is many gamers first entry into gaming since they are kid friendly and their characters attract both kids and parents. Nintendo has pissed me off time and time again, but I continue to buy their consoles and exclusives, because I feel like I'm missing out on something if I don't. And each time, Nintendo proves that I would be missing out on something when I play a brilliant Zelda or Mario game.
DeadIIIRed  +   976d ago
A quick, sometimes accurate way, to determine who is winning over the minds of consumers is to listen to whatever video game company comes out of the mouths of politicians when they try to generalize the industry.
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Nes_Daze  +   976d ago
Yea they have a good handle on the market...but they pretty much own most of the casual audience, they were smart in doing so...but they're the last people I would turn for to get core gaming.
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Sgt_Slaughter  +   976d ago
So Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, Metroid, Pikmin, Kirby, Star Fox, etc., wouldn't get your attention?

Your loss!
Nes_Daze  +   976d ago
I have a PS3 and Xbox360, barely have time for the xbox, buy a third console for just what? A Mario game and a zelda game? Good for whoever has time for all three consoles, really fortunate gamers. ;)
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NintyJazz  +   976d ago
Idk I just have a problem with people who say Nintendo only has Mario and Zelda, their other franchises are great too
jimbobwahey  +   976d ago
To be honest, I'd be happy to see Nintendo go the way of Sega, and leave the hardware market to focus solely on software for other consoles.

I like Nintendo games, but I dislike Nintendo hardware. The release of one or two good games from Nintendo each year does not justify the cost of their consoles at all, in my opinion, so I'd much rather see them become a multiplatform development studio that release games on Microsoft/Sony consoles instead.

Obviously, the chances of this ever happening are close to zero I know, but I think it would benefit gamers if it happened. Nintendo less so since they make so much money off hardware.
ssb3173  +   976d ago
Sorry but Iwata said no more hardware = no more software
iamnsuperman  +   976d ago
Yer I don't particularly care what he says because we all know those investors in the company Nintendo will make sure that software will be made without hardware (if it ever came to it) Iwata is kidding himself that he/a single person would let a company and all those people that company employs go down because of "no hardware= no software"
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MEsoJD  +   976d ago
I agree! I would rather they become a software focused company. I haven't agreed with Nintendos hardware strategy for a long time.
nintendoland  +   976d ago
i heard news that nintendo will exists 50 years even if they start to fail for now on which i doubt it will. wii u is huge success
Pillsbury1  +   976d ago
Do you have any clue at all what you speak about? Nintendo is selling wii u at a loss. Do some research please.
ZeekQuattro  +   976d ago
Its sold at a loss until one game is purchased. Most people buy at least one game when they buy a new console. Follow your own advice.
Pillsbury1  +   976d ago
@zeon we are talking about HARDWARE here. They are selling HARDWARE at loss. Please pay attention.
Realplaya  +   976d ago
@ pillsbury do your research. http://www.joystiq.com/2012...

Bam there selling at a loss until each person purchases one game to go with there system. So they make money back on software sells.

400,000 systems sold 400,000 games bought. System is sold at a price where they lose and because of software make money.
Pillsbury1  +   976d ago
@ realplaya seriously? I understand that they make there money back when they sell software but that's not even what I am talking about. Yes they make money from software sales just like Sony did with ps3 when it's hardware was selling at a loss. Why can't you get that we are talking about hardware profit? He said nintendo always sells consoles with profit. They do not. I completely understand and knew the fact they are making money from software. But again we are talking hardware here.
Realplaya  +   976d ago
Ok I feel you on that. Yes your right on the hardware side there going to take a loss but apparently it's a small loss from there reports. My next question is how long will sony and microsoft lose money for and how much of a loss per system.
CaptainN  +   976d ago
That's funny, because I could say the same thing about Sony. They few exclusives they have would be much better on another console, instead of having to pay crazy launch prices for their systems (PS3,Vita) and at least Sony used to be a third party developer. And considering their financial woes, they are next in line to become the next SEGA.
AllroundGamer  +   976d ago
the casual gamers market maybe...
ZeekQuattro  +   976d ago
If Nintendo stopped making hardware they would still have to lay off a lot of people just as Sega did when they went into restructuring. What kind of backwards logic is that to want them to fail so you can play Nintendo games on you favorite system?
Pillsbury1  +   976d ago
Does apple control there market? They just know how to make successful products that people want, that's the key to success in any market. Nintendo would not be around anymore ( like sega r.i.p.) if they didn't make products people wanted to buy.
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Not for mature content. But soccer moms love it!
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Sgt_Slaughter  +   976d ago
Nintendo makes some of the best quality consoles/portables on the market. That's why the NES and SNES still play like they did back in 1985/1990, because they can take a beating and still play great.
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