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Nintendo needs to embrace iOS as a games platform

Mike Wehner of TUAW writes, "With its marquee home console, the Wii U, thoroughly underperforming in sales and the 3DS falling considerably short of its predecessor's performance over the 28 months since its release, it's time for Iwata-san to reconsider his stance on iOS."

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3-4-51121d ago (Edited 1121d ago )

That is the thing.....No it doesn't.

People who have been into gaming for a few years now all of the sudden saying everything has to be catered to them because they play games now.

this article is trash.

Brucis1122d ago

No, it doesn't 'need' to. Considering the DS sold over 150 million units and was one of the most successful consoles ever it'd be hard-pressed to not fall short of that, much less match it. Does Sony need to reconsider things because the PS3 sold less than the PS2? No.

tehpees31122d ago

Its not about units sold. its about profits made. Nintendo make an awful lot of their money on their hardware.

Brucis1122d ago

I know, I was just saying it's stupid to state that Nintendo need to rethink things because they sold 8mil less than the DS in the same time frame (2 years 3 months). It means practically nothing to sell less than the second highest selling console.

iamnsuperman1122d ago (Edited 1122d ago )

No but people are spending more money on mobile games than ever before

Source: http://www.newzoo.com/wp-co...

The comparison you made isn't totally correct because the rise of the 360 (competition) would make the PS3 sell than the PS2. But people are still buying consoles (hell 77 million each is impressive for competition). They also reconsidered things (look at the launch of the PS4 compared to the PS3 launch). They only need to one up their competition as it is console versus console

The competition with smart phones and tablets is vastly more damaging for Nintendo. Look at the early days of the 3DS (they cut the price by 30% for sales to take off). Look at their most recent move with the 2DS. Both show Nintendo understands the mobile market is eating away at their "secure" income. Mobile devices do a lot more than game (which is where the appeal comes from) and they can game for less. A lot has changed since the original DS launched

grahf1122d ago

Yes you're right, a lot has changed. What hasn't changed is that children are freaking clumsy. There is no way in hell i'm handing a fragile $600 device to a 7 year old so they can play Pokemon, and there is no way they're getting their own!

Here kid, have a 3DS/2DS/1DS with Nerf Armor for less than $200 and have at it!

TheEvilWithin1122d ago

Ok? So what should Sony consider doing then cause the Vita is not selling well? You think its time for Sony to consider EMBRACING IOS with there games? You know cause the Vita is in trouble. There using a stupid feature such as Remote play with the PS4 in a last ditch effort to save them selves on the Vita BUT what people seem to be forgetting is it goes off internet connection to work. So you think going on a road trip your going to be able to play PS4 games on your vita? Or how about thinking of going out to your local mall and sitting and waiting for your girl to finish trying on cloths you think your going to hop on a secure internet connection? Its just a feature to let you sit on the john in your own house to play games.

Point is the Vita is in worse shape then the 3DS and there are NO articles suggesting they move to IOS.

You also mention how both PS3 AND 360 has sold 77 million systems each but what about the Nintendo Wii outselling BOTH consoles with OVER 100 Million consoles sold and its STILL selling decent.

Nintendo is fine they have something like 17 Billion in the bank. Mind you Nintendo is just a gaming company. Sony sells just about EVERYTHING and there losing money ALL the time. Microsoft has there Windows business to keep there company going.

These articles of Nintendo needing to start embracing IOS need to stop because its NEVER going to happen. Like Grahf said, No one is going to hand over there Ipad or Iphone or Ipod to just let there kid play Nintendo games on it. People like you need to stop defending these articles because the same thing can be said about the competition.

iamnsuperman1122d ago (Edited 1122d ago )

@TheEvilWithin

"There using a stupid feature such as Remote play with the PS4 in a last ditch effort to save them selves on the Vita BUT what people seem to be forgetting is it goes off internet connection to work"

I don't think it is stupid but it is a last ditch effort for the Vita. Good free Wifi's are popping up all over the place. So I don't think the Wifi only thing is a good reason to discredit the service.

Sony are moving towards making the brand more mobile based. There are phones and tablets that are Playstation certified. I think this is the first baby step in that direction. Nintendo is showing no forward thinking in that regard

"Nintendo is fine they have something like 17 Billion in the bank. Mind you Nintendo is just a gaming company. Sony sells just about EVERYTHING and there losing money ALL the time. Microsoft has there Windows business to keep there company going. "

This is just plan wrong. The Wii was a success but since then other consoles (64, cube, Wii U) are/didn't do well. The DS sold well on its own but the 3DS only started selling after a big 30% price cut (if that doesn't show you the market has changed I am not sure what will. These consoles can't sell at the price point it used to sell fine at. Imagine what will happen another 5 years down the line) Sony isn't loosing money anymore. They had a shake up with Kaz becoming CEO and now they are turning a profit. There tablet was voted best tablet this year and their phone is one of the best on the market and it is showing in the sales.

Nintendo issue is they are showing a lack of forward thinking. Their competitors have evolved as the market changes and at least Sony is showing a more ios/android store embrace than Nintendo. I see the Vita being the last handheld from Sony. Only because they will make more money with a tablet device that uses Gaikai (which they bought recently) and there phones and tablets allow controllers to be contented. People are saying Nintendo should embrace ios because it is dominating the market. Totally ignoring the issue is why these articles are being written. Sony is showing signs of changing. Nintendo isn't

tehpees31122d ago

No. Nintendo are fine as they are.

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