Molyneux Says Nintendo Would Fare Better Out Of The Hardware Business

Outspoken game developer Peter Molyneux agrees that Nintendo would fare a lot better if they left the hardware business and just relied purely on quality software. Molyneux doesn’t agree with Shigeru Miyamoto’s opinion that Nintendo must create hardware to cater to the needs of its own development talent. Here’s what Mr Molyneux had to say.

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xflo3601526d ago

I think Nintendo should stay in the handheld hardware business ( obviously as they all sell like crazy ) But drop out of the home console business, I just dont think they know what gamers want anymore. Look at e3, they were a massive letdown-no Metroid, New Mario looked average, No new zelda or F zero or anything which us core Ninty fans wanted!

US8F1526d ago (Edited 1526d ago )

I swear this guy talks so much lately. First he says Xbox one Won next gen, then it's reveałed and fan reaction's been negative, he says they got it all wrong, then says they didn't market properly, now this!? Just shut up man

Nintendo will stay in the console market for a long time. They can afford to fail and still have enough money to make a replacement if they choose.

longcat1525d ago

Nintendo need to keep their own ecosystem or get lost in the clutter of the other platforms.

What they need is to consistently keep a low entry point to their hardware...which is the mistake they made this gen...twice

Dir_en_grey1525d ago

LOL after the XBone reveal some how it made WiiU way more interesting and it is now on my radar to possibly pick it up when I see a game I like is out.

That is how bad XBone's policy is, it made a WiiU look way better then a supposed next gen just with a default "don't need to be always online no DRM" BS lol.

Hadoukameha1525d ago

You kidding? They can afford to fail? I see you ain't in business.

Their inferior handhelds and home consoles are only selling because of the games. DS, 3DS, Wii and Wii U are underpowered, feature-lacking piles of trash that run fantastic games. Imagine if PS4 and Vita was running those games.

Wii U 2 and 3DS 2 better stepup their game.

n4f1525d ago


if you think that after outselling your opponent by a large margin you should retire than you dont sh-t about business

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PSNintyGamer1526d ago

I agree with you, as long as you also think that Sony should stay in the Console Business,but drop out the hand-held business.

LOL_WUT1525d ago

Most definitely Sony's presence in the handheld market is a lost cause as is with Nintendo and their home console hardware efforts. ;) PULL OUT!

ABizzel11525d ago


Sony's handhelds are great, especially the Vita, the problems with the handhelds come from Sony themselves.

Lack of marketing, pricing when factoring in memory cards, lack of younger audience appealing games (Mario, Mario Kart, Pokemon, etc...)

Now if Sony made the hardware, and Nintendo focused on the software than that handheld would be the one to rule them all.

hay1526d ago

I think Molyneux sniffs way more coke that he can handle.

live2play1525d ago (Edited 1525d ago )

"Us core ninty fans wanted"
Riiiiiiiiiight youre a core ninty fan

I got a beautiful looking DKC, a gravity defying mario kart that looks like a pixar film, a crazy looking seizure inducing Wonderful 101, a first ever 4 player 3D mario adventure, that if you played it at best buy (which this hardcore ninty fan traveled 140 miles to try) would know it looks so crisp and colorful you almost want to eat it, a handheld AND console super smash bros, ...

You know what you get the point

Keep calling yourself that

N4g_null1525d ago

Letting real gamers play the games was the best possible thing to do. The media is full of trolling clowns.

xflo3601521d ago

Actualy I AM a core Ninty fan, for me they are the best developer out there, I just feel they've lost they're way a little. Metroid prime, Zelda WW and Mario 64 are all in my top 5 games and Ive owned practically every Nintendo console released. Now Im not saying that there were no great games on show, because there were, but there were no massive reveals and the ones they did have were dissapointing IMHO.

showtimefolks1525d ago

MS leave the gaming business and enter software/apple wannabe

Nintendo for better or worst make quality titles and anyone who has been gaming for 20 plus years grew up a Nintendo fan.

was just at gamestop buying LOU and pre ordered ps4, the store is getting 65 ps4's and 8 xbox one's. There was a paper right on the counter saying ps4 is $399 and list of games and than xbox one $499 and list of games

i asked the guy if GS was favoring one or another, and his words were we are making an full effort to inform people about buying ps4

so MS you have much much bigger issues than what Nintendo should or shouldn't be doing

Angeljuice1525d ago

I've been gaming for 33 years and I can't stand Nintendo (software or hardware).

showtimefolks1525d ago


i haven't bought a nintendo console for a long long time but if you don't mind me asking why do you hate them so much?

my main concerns with N are simple they keep making the same games over and over and gaming media gives them a free pass but if MS or Sony makes one halo too many than they are milking it

i give you a example, when the zelda hd remake was announced Nintendo fans went nuts but if sony or ms or any other 3rd party publisher makes a hd collection than they are recycling

my thing is hold Nintendo to the same standards as sony and ms. wiiu is no where near as powerful as xbox one or ps4 yet its suppose to be next gen

how about not make the gemepad and actually spend those resources in improving the actual tech of the system so it can be a little bit future proof

the day ps4 and xbox one gets released wiiu becomes last gen no matter how anyone spins it

Nintendo IMO are a gen behind

baodeus1525d ago (Edited 1525d ago )

why are you using game stop as reference? They have the worst reputation:

1. open game sell as new
2. pay you $5 for your game then sell them at $55, $5 less than the new game (funny, people still op for the used game tag, rather buying it new, giving GS so much profit and nothing to the developers. Worst, they can sell them over and over)
3. Constantly hustling customers to get their reward cards (they are pretty adamant about it)

I'll bet you anything if MS drop their disc based and go Steam rout (which I believe was their original plan), and games price goes down drastically, GS will die instantly. Who cares about used game at $55/pop when you can get it around $30-$40 in a few weeks? Going digital, you don't need GS.

3-4-51525d ago

this moly guy talks too much for not accomplishing a whole lot.

Instead of saying what Nintendo should be doing he should be focusing on his own games.

He says A...but then B happens.

Can't trust the guy


But, Dem Pokemon X and Y. They know what I want.

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US8F1526d ago (Edited 1526d ago )

I believe when the blockbuster games release this holiday, it will sell more Nintendo consoles

weekev151525d ago

Cant believe the disagrees you just got for staying a very obvious fact. Of course Nintendo will shift mor units this yoliday.

What may also go in their favour is the demand for PS4 outstripping supply as I think a lot of people fancy a PS4/WIIU combo.


I bought a 3DS XL as soon as I could before Pokemon X and Y where even announced in expectation of them! The people who wait are the ones who have to fight or pay excessive amounts to get what they want. To anyone reading this BUY NOW!

EcoSos31525d ago

"But I do wonder about the Wii U – it seemed to be a kind of reaction to SmartGlass."

Really did he just said that, SmartGlass was a reaction to the WiiU not the other way around.

animegamingnerd1525d ago

i am pretty sure smart glasses was revealed the year after the Wii U was revealed molyneux is a idiot

Realplaya1525d ago

LOL I saw that I said didn't Microsoft try to copy Nintendo with smartglass. Og yeah if the Vita is $200.00 plus dollars and they try to make games that take advantage of the PS4 and the Vita has anyone realized that the combo is more expensive than a XBONE ? That price is what $249.00 + $399.00 It gets worse for the XBONE $499.00 the cheapest tablet from Microsoft is roughly around $499.99. Even if you get a cheap tablet it's still pricey.

I understand why Nintendo isn't dropping their price now. For those who think the PS4 games will go with them if they buy a vita are you willing to spend that much money just to play a game?

Nintendo is playing catch up to the HD twins but in one year they have made a game that looks like Mario Kart 8 it's safe to say they are just fine.

Oh yeah go spurs( I am a bulls fan)

Animavicion1525d ago

the wii u have: has backward compatibility, no drm, free online, can play used games, support for indie developers, cheap, great first party line-up.

I'm sorry, but I think Nintendo should stick with the hardware market.

MikeyDucati11525d ago

Ok but who's buying a Wii U? What about the business side where it took so much money to fund the Wii U project and the turn around isn't great? What about the games? What about publishers making statements about the tech and devs not developing games for it?

All those options mentioned and not once has there been a substantial turnaround since the introduction of next gen consoles (MS, Sony) that omits the options you mentioned.

If you want Nintendo to stick around in the hardware market then its console needs to stop playing kiddie family time and mature. It needs better tech under the hood that keeps up with the giants of Sony and Micro. It's apparent that even Wii U buyers are looking towards other consoles since the support for Wii U is basically non-existent.

Hadoukameha1525d ago

Now name the weaknesses; last gen graphics, no 3rd party, forgotten 1st party franchises, and no meaningful 3DS connectivity. PS4 has all that.

N4g_null1525d ago

Who buying a ps4 or Xbox one? Oh they arnt out? Well the must have games are not out so ummm what is your point when the must have games have not come out and people are expressing they will buy when the price drops. This is called good pr on the Sony side. Yet we must all realize people will have a wiiu and or ps4 or unfortunately an Xbox one or pc.

So sales wise only a fool will miss out on the wiiu exclusives that they grew up on.

Now if they grew out of Nintendo's games then you have to understand all gaming is like toys.

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NihonjinChick1525d ago

What about the 3DS? That's selling fine.