Should Nintendo Quit Consoles?

Hey! It’s been a while since there's been an opinion on the blog. To be honest, just been looking for the right topic. And this week the bulb finally shone. As you probably heard Nintendo had another “Nintendo Direct” earlier this week.

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richierich1861d ago

Should people quit articles like this one?

L1keMike1861d ago

A play on words...I see what you did there.

richierich1861d ago

Sorry Mike no offence I just don't think its time to write off the Wii U just yet. Hopefully they will show some hardcore titles at E3 but I think the Wii casual stuff has had its day.

jimbobwahey1861d ago

The only thing that Nintendo have going for them is their first party games, and since they're not releasing them regularly enough to justify owning their console, it's definitely best for consumers if Nintendo abandon the hardware business and make games for the other consoles instead.

I would happily buy the latest Mario/Zelda/Metroid on day one if they were released on Xbox/PlayStation, but Nintendo will never see my money again if they insist on remaining in the hardware business because quite frankly, their consoles suck.

They keep forcing gimmicky controls and there's always a ridiculous amount of proprietary peripherals to own. They can't make a decent online service at all and their consoles are always horribly underpowered. The fact that they put out one worthwhile game a year (if you're lucky) just makes their consoles even more worthless, and who's going to buy third party games on a Nintendo console when the Xbox/PlayStation consoles are so much better for that?

The sooner Nintendo drops out the hardware business, the better. Until then, they'll continue to miss out on money from many potential customers who like their software but won't drop cash on their hardware.

sikbeta1861d ago


If they don't do it, they can't get those damn hits, articles like this are made just for that...

AdvanceWarsSgt1861d ago

Thankfully, Nintendo has since stopped listening to "fans" like jimbowahey or else they would have been dead years ago.

Pixel_Enemy1861d ago

I don't really understand the disagrees that jimbobwahey is getting. I agree completely with his comment. I love Nintendo first party games but my Wii collects dust in between major releases and I don't plan on buying a WiiU any time soon unless a game comes out that I must have. Forcing me to buy a console for a very select few key titles is kind of BS. I would be much happier playing Nintendo first party games on the console of MY choice.

darthv721861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

nintendo makes good consoles and their in house teams that have been making the staple game franchises for years, are quality as well.

to be fair, IF they dropped out of the "console" market then i would expect them to be in full support of continuing their portable market. Not completely drop out of "hardware".

I mean the success of the original Gameboy is still talked about in various circles of the internet. Most companies that have successful products would dream to hit a homerun like Nintendo did with the Gameboy back in the 80's.

Times are different now vs the 8bit and 16bit days. People are more mobile with their entertainment and if a company does not take on the changing trend of mobile gaming with more serious efforts then they risk being passed up or viewed irrelevant.

That sentiment holds true for even MS and Sony when it comes to being relevant in todays social climate.

Highlife1861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

I agree with Pixel and Jimbo. What is the point of their system other than their 1st party games? And where the hell are they? Also agree with the gimmicky controls there best games on the wii were the ones that used the wii mote like a controller. Mario Kart was better played that way and smash brothers. They are basically a kids console. Which is great for my kids. I have other systems for me and my tastes. The problem is they shouldn't even bother with the hardcore or mature games anymore they should just focus on the e for everyone games.

@advanced wars
Maybe if they listened to Jimbob and others like him Nintendo would appeal to more gamers. Not the casual fans and soccer moms like they did with the wii. And now do you think that the casual and soccer mom's that were playing wii fit are going to upgrade to a wiiu??? I don't think so. They are leaving for the Smartphone and tablet market. They made there bed and now when they release a new system they aren't going to get the gamers to follow them. Sony and Microsoft have established themselves as a more core gaming experince and the gamers will follow them to their new systems.

Mainsqueeze1861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

I kinda wish that i could get Zelda and Mario on my 360/720 or ps3/ps4. Imagine how BA and epic a Zelda game would be when powered with Sony or Microsoft hardware plus iv'e always hated nintendos controllers. I know competition is awesome and i still want Nintendo to be successful but as of late i just haven't been too excited about what nintendo has shown as far as hardware.

elmaton981861d ago

I wouldn't want them to drop out of the console business,I mean they're practically the father of the video game business.

ZombieNinjaPanda1861d ago

Wait. What the hell is going on in this comment section? You all are the same people who say that the exclusives are the sole reason for owning a goddamn ps3 or PS4. Stop being hypocrites.

AdvanceWarsSgt1860d ago


Jimbob is a representation of the many types of "fans" who complain about wanting things to get better for Nintendo, yet have no desire to buy their hardware or games because it isn't on his platform of choice.

Nintendo doesn't need to cater to people like that who aren't interested in buying their products, period.

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Eyeco1861d ago

I bloody well hope not, it would screw the perfect equilibrium of the consoles, competition drives better games and service, gamers win in the long-run.

Tultras1861d ago

I don't think that competition from the Wii U or the Wii drives the Sony or Microsoft to do better.

Stroke6661861d ago

@tultras... yeah you're totally right, cause the kinect and move weren't rip-offs off wii. and ms would've came up with illumiroom without ever having the kinect.

paul19741861d ago

should these people just quit full stop!! sad so sad

MEsoJD1861d ago

I think it's probably inevitable that they get out of the console business(though will stay in hanhelds). The WiiU was a bad idea.

1.Name: The average consumer isn't even aware of this things existence or thinks it's a peripheral. Nintendo should have at least called it the Wii 2 or HD.

2. Gamepad: I wasn't sold on the novelty of this controller because frankly most have their own tvs(they're pretty cheap these days). Also UI seems more of a dev issue. Some devs handle it very well on screen and others don't. It's mandatory and cost $125 to replace. Sure there are other features that some games try to incorporate with the pad, but nothing that really seems to make the gameplay experience better.

3. Hardware: Thanks to the gamepad and the tech that comes along with it makes up for the majority of the price of the console. Instead of building a console with longevity in mind, we get something that is behind the times like the wii.

4. Third Party Support: Sony and Microsoft get how vital support from this end is and it can be seen. I can't see Nintendo putting in the effort to get them interested.

5.Internet: Nintendos current online store and method/policy is sub par and in ways hurts the consumer. Things like tying downloadable games to an account is a must.

6. Stubborness: Nintendo has been praised for being innovative, but they are seemingly stubborn to evolve in certain areas fast enough. The wii should have been hd.

That said, if Nintendo would make a killing as a third party(if they're smart). I'm hoping they change my opinon at E3 because I currently have no interest.

khowat1861d ago

It does not take one gen to kick a company out of the console business, it is a series of failed or sub-par consoles. Nintendo isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The wii u was a messed up console it will be a stain on Nintendo's console list.

MEsoJD1861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )


I didn't say that Nintendo was out right after Wii-U. I said that it's probably inevitable/eventually(especial ly if they don't change).

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

They should make new games like sony.

Lol guess ninty is waiting for ps4 hype and release before wiiU takes off? They are going blow a whole year.

NastyLeftHook01861d ago

yes, but hits generate that money. smdh

ChickeyCantor1861d ago

Should Mr. Miyamoto die? I mean he didn't come up with CoD.

user76939581861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

I will buy Zelda on the PlayStation and millions will keep buying mario.. nintendo will keep making money big time.
but they an potentially do as good as they did with the Wii, with their next console, the one after the wii U..
if is cheap (in price "$200"), simple (meaning most casual people in the world could play with it, in terms of gameplay), is as powerful as the PS4 and comes out by 2017 (they always come out every other 5 years) ..
next gen PS5 will come out by 2020 most likely.
meaning this next nintendo console could do good, just like the Wii did if i fallow those rules.

g2gshow1861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

Those old stubborn bastards at Nintendo headquarters need to rethink that strategy and this will be a point in history for Nintendo where they will have a Failing Game Machine well At least one that doesn't live up to their expectations this will be a lesson well learned .but to quite that's over exaggerating. Mario been Collecting coins before any of us were born
where will we be without Nintendo

Yin an yang For people that don't care about Nintendo not saying I do but some of my best gaming Moments came from Nintendo Including developers like rare. With out Nintendo the world of video games would be a much more Gloomy one an could never be the same with out them just saying

Now I'm going to be a Misspelling ass whole to balance out the force And Say could you kindly stfu

MYSTERIO3601861d ago

There will always be a place for Nintendo in the games market so long as there's casual fans willing to buy one they will stay in business.

Just because Wii u is seeing poor sells right now it doesn't mean they're in trouble. It simply means that most of they're sells are being made on the Wii(Nintendo are still getting paid).

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TheLyonKing1861d ago

My answer is no. There first part is very strong and they can pull pundits in with just that. There wii u is going to be another gamecube/n64 (sales wise) The second Nintendo can get their 3rd party relationship right then it will do better.

UNfortunatly nintendo are 1 step behing sony and microsoft.

Luckily for them their 3DS is selling like hot cakeas and witha new Zelda its going to skyrocket.

L1keMike1861d ago

Thanks for the great(and mature) reply.

I feel Nintendo really really need the first party support to get going for the WiiU else it will die a slow and painful death :(

sloth33951861d ago

remember nintendo said they werent going to do as much first party to try to let 3rd party titles sell more but since that isnt working im sure they will do more first party

Highlife1861d ago

My answer is maybe. I bought a wiiu for my kids last xmas and they played Mario for a couple of weeks and then that was about it. We have rented a few games for it since then but nothing great. The system has just been siting there. My kids are back to playing some minecraft and there handhelds (nexus, vita, 3ds) and now that spring is almost here they will be back outside. I guess this wasn't the year to buy that system. The release of games have been laughable. What a horrid launch. I think they rushed the system out the door before ps4 and xbox next were here because their system just doesn't have the horse power. In doing that none of their games were ready for launch.

While competition is great The only reason to buy a Nintendo console is for their great 1st party games. And when they don't even release them what is the point of the system. So to me I guess that it would be best if they made the move and dropped hardware. That would mean less systems that I would have to buy. There could always be someone else who gets in the console buisness just hope it is never apple.

paul19741861d ago

shame you fail to see such titles as lego city, mh4u, trine 2, nano assault, need for speed, many other cheap games by great developers on eshop as a reason for your kids to play! add toki tori 2 as one to test their brains also.

The only games that I see that have not come out on wii u are some mature 18+ games and as you state they are kids then these should not be relevant to them.

Highlife1861d ago

Some of the games you mention are on other systems. The only game you mention that my kids would show any intrest in would be Lego City. The problem is they are waiting for their core games like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. I can't blame them those were the only 2 game I enjoyed on the wii. If It wasn't for my kids I would not have bought the last 2 nintendo consoles. Frankly other systems have grown up with me and some just haven't and that is fine. I will stick with the more mature and versitle console as oppose to the one stuck in the past. As for my kids I think nintendo is more suitible for them there just aretnt the games out that seperate this console to the others yet.

kneon1861d ago

I don't see how third party support is going to make a big difference. Even if they get more third party games there will still be plenty that they will be missing. Also once the PS4 and next Xbox launch they will have the weakest console in the market so will likely lag behind the others in the quality of third party games.

You buy a Nintendo console for the Nintendo games, if you don't care for those then no amount of third party games will make you buy a Wii U.

NYC_Gamer1861d ago

I doubt i'll ever buy another Nintendo console but they shouldn't drop out the market

Neonridr1861d ago

Competition spurs innovation and creativity. Without Nintendo, all we have left is two other companies that release virtually identical systems with near identical specs and aside from their own exclusives, the multiplats are nearly identical for both systems. (as in run the same, look the same, play the same)

Nintendo may not sell 50 million consoles with the Wii U, but let's at least wait until the heavy hitters come along. If they still don't move any units after the Marios, Zeldas, Mario Kart and Smash Bros come along, then maybe we can look at the Wii U as a failure.

But Nintendo will survive this, and they will live to see another day.

Dno1861d ago

those games won't push sales all that much unless they are really close together AND have a price drop close to it. if nintendo releases a mario this year and a zelda a year later thats not going to work.

Price drop is mostly what is needed.

Neonridr1861d ago

I agree that a price drop will be imminent, I would say $50 off. Just in time for the holiday season. A lot of retailers in Europe are already dropping prices to spur purchasing. But it's hard to make people want to buy the system when there are hardly any games on it.

This holiday season will be the big tell for Nintendo. With Sony releasing their system and most likely Microsoft too, a lot of eyes will be looking at Nintendo to see what aces they have up their sleeves.

paul19741861d ago

absolute trash! wait till the next ps4 and xbox come out then you will understand its good value! i think you people in the states expect to be given stuff based on how cheap stuff is over there! maybe this explains the average US consumer (cheap) just saying! try coming to europe or Australia for price comparison.

PopRocks3591861d ago

"Price drop is mostly what is needed."

What are you, LOL_WUT's twin? Retailers have been slashing the Wii U's price themselves with little to no results. You can't expect a lower price tag to reel in customers when there is hardly any awareness of the console.

Stop saying a price cut will help the Wii U sell, because news flash: it has not and will not.

LOL_WUT1861d ago

@ Dno Agreed

Articles like these wouldn't even pop up if Nintendo would just drop the damn price of the console. It helped the 3Ds did it not? A little push in sales wouldn't be too bad. ;)

As for Nintendo calling it quits nope don't think so. Going the software route would really make them some dough. ;)

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Mr_Writer851861d ago

In the 'golden age' we only has Nintendo and Sega.

pythonxz1861d ago

The 16-Bit Era was the best of gaming. Nintendo and Sega really showed what friendly competition does for the industry.

Dark111861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

Well it does make sense for Nintendo to go handheld-only.
but that only if the Wii U didn't sells and failed.

right now we have to wait.