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.

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wishingW3L1999d ago (Edited 1999d 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....

Sgt_Slaughter1999d ago (Edited 1999d 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.

Taibo1999d 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.

MsmackyM1999d 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_Slaughter1998d 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)

PopRocks3591999d 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.

guitarded771999d 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.

DeadIIIRed1999d 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_Daze1999d ago (Edited 1999d 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.

Sgt_Slaughter1999d ago

So Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, Metroid, Pikmin, Kirby, Star Fox, etc., wouldn't get your attention?

Your loss!

Nes_Daze1999d ago (Edited 1999d 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. ;)

NintyJazz1999d ago

Idk I just have a problem with people who say Nintendo only has Mario and Zelda, their other franchises are great too

jimbobwahey1999d 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.

ssb31731999d ago

Sorry but Iwata said no more hardware = no more software

iamnsuperman1999d ago (Edited 1999d 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"

MEsoJD1999d ago

I agree! I would rather they become a software focused company. I haven't agreed with Nintendos hardware strategy for a long time.

nintendoland1999d 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

Pillsbury11999d ago

Do you have any clue at all what you speak about? Nintendo is selling wii u at a loss. Do some research please.

ZeekQuattro1999d 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.

Pillsbury11999d ago

@zeon we are talking about HARDWARE here. They are selling HARDWARE at loss. Please pay attention.

Realplaya1999d ago

@ pillsbury do your research.

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.

Pillsbury11999d 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.

Realplaya1999d 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.

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CaptainN1999d 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.

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