Can partnerships save Nintendo?

Digitally Downloaded writes "Nintendo is going to tackle this problem it has with a limited lineup of development projects for the Wii U through outsourcing. It's going to farm out its most valuable resource - its masses of IP - to collaborate with other developers and publishers to keep the flow of games coming."

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Gimmemorebubblez1975d ago (Edited 1975d ago )

Who said Nintendo needed saving???

Trenta271975d ago

Exactly what I was going to say. :/

MikeMyers1974d ago

The Mayan calendar is now taking a more conservative approach.

Venox20081975d ago

yea, you are right.. ninty ftw

Fierce Musashi1974d ago

People to this day still think Nintendo are going to go third party.

Shame that, ignorance must truly be bliss.

EddieNX 1974d ago

Selling 155 million DS' and 100 million wii's and having the highest selling Software isn't enough for some , LMAO.

And the 3DS is already the fastest selling system ever.

Nintendo has Billions in the bank in capital. They can afford to fail about three generations in a row . lol .

hduce1974d ago (Edited 1974d ago )

Only the assholes that write these articles thinks Nintendo needs saving.

ElectricKaibutsu1973d ago

You should probably read the article before you bash the author. It congratulates Nintendo on their good decisions in the face of developing HD games for the first time.

morpha1974d ago

So I come to N4G today too see how people spin that amazing Nintendo Direct in a negative light.

I swear its a skill.

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refocusedman1975d ago

I think the writer has a pt. After nintendos dismal software showing with the Wii, I dont think that most (not all) consumers have blind faith in yhe fact that they can fully deliver on the software end. I remember all of the complaints that nin abandoned the hardcore. I doubt this sentiment is gonna change without a ton of support from all developers.

Slapshot821974d ago

Hi refocusedman,

Thanks for taking the time to read Matt's article, instead of simply jumping to conclusions like the above comments have done.

Nintendo is indeed struggling with the Wii U by raw sales data, but of course, it is still very early on in the system's life cycle. Not only is Nintendo in the hole R&D wise for the Wii U right now, but they are losing money on each console sold too. Then they are spending money to acquire all these developers, as well as to fund their games as well. The Wii U simply doesn't have the install base to cover this kind amount of cash outflow right now.

HD development is very expensive and third party games aren't selling very well on the Wii U - only 5% of Wii U owners have bought Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Are they going to sell any better if Nintendo owns/funds them?

That's the question of the day - isn't it? We shall see, but there is no denying the fact that Nintendo is taking a massive risk financially with this business decision.

Gemmol1974d ago

although it sold less then wii when it was announced, they said that it made more profit then the Wii, I was wondering why people ignore that.

lilbroRx1974d ago

Waait, so you Nintendo is expected to sell as many copies of a game as have been sold on a console with litteraly over 20X the userbase and has a history of huge sales of that game?

By raw sales data, their launch still outdid the PS3 and 360 launches respectably. If that is failing, then Sony and Microsoft must have been bleeding to death when they started last gen.

ElectricKaibutsu1973d ago

More *revenue* than the Wii, not profit. The system costs more so more money comes in. The problem is it costs more for Nintendo too so more money goes out.

I believe Slapshot82 was talking in percentages not the actual number of copies. You have to admit the best selling game last year only being purchased by 5% of Wii U owners vs. NSMB Wii U which had almost a 100% attach rate doesn't look good for third parties.

Slapshot821972d ago

@ElectricKaibutsu Thanks for your clarification on my behalf and you're absolutely correct in your assessments - Bubble Up. :)

On the other hand though, if the new "Mario" and "Zelda" titles excite consumers and the console starts to truly shift units, then Nintendo's acquisitions of these third party developers have a real potential of paying off for them. That's what I really hope to see happen in the very near future.

At Digitally Downloaded, we write pieces just as this every week and we enjoy getting into insightful conversations on these topics - we'd love to have you around the site. :)

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LOOK_AT_THIS_I1974d ago

If they would strike up an exclusive deal with COD the consoles would fly off the shelves. I can't tell you with all the games available to pick from at any given time 10+ people on my list are playing the newest COD. It's all they play, it would be a system seller just because of that game alone. Top it off with all the old franchises and they would be set for the next gen.

G-cis1974d ago

nintendo needs to pay billions to make COD an exclusives ._.

LOOK_AT_THIS_I1974d ago

Don't know how I got the disagrees. There were idiots spending 500+bucks on eBay to play the game 3-4 days early. If they would pull a ms move and strike up a 30 day exclusive launch deal they would reap the rewards.

Activision would never give up their cash cow but a launch exclusive like that would do them a lot of good. The release date had come and gone by the time Nintendo got black ops 2, the install base is going to be smaller because most people who are fans of the series ha already bought it for ps3/xbox

Slapshot821971d ago

I think it's the fact that the Call of Duty sells worse on Nintendo consoles than any other console. Activision wouldn't even consider this kind of a contract, unless the Wii U's install base was double/triple that of the next generation consoles after a few years of them being on the market, but even then, the Wii U will most likely be inferior power wise - in short, it just won't happen. I think that's why you got the Disagrees.

wiiulee1974d ago

lol what is this craziness about saving nintendo from who and what besides silly haters...wiiu is ahead to stay , nintendo is just reaching out to third parties in new ways, which is great for gamers

LordHiggens1974d ago

Saving Nintendo? Don't they have like truckloads of money or something? I think they're doing just fine...

MattS1974d ago

The article wasn't about Nintendo's finances...

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