Nintendo faces 'path to irrelevance', says Atari founder

Nintendo, whose latest console has sold poorly, could be on a "path to irrelevance", the founder of legendary games company Atari has said.

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Donnieboi1690d ago

Whoa. Dem's fighting words.

zeal0us1690d ago

Nolan still believes Nintendo only cater to kids. I recall him saying no over the age of 8 would play the 3DS.

HammadTheBeast1690d ago


Under 15 is primarily the audience.

KonsoruMasuta1690d ago (Edited 1690d ago )


Re: Revelations
Senran Kagura Burst
DOA: Dimmensions
Shin Megami Tensei
Re: Mercenaries

Yeah, this handheld is for nothing but kids...../S

RyuCloudStrife1690d ago

Nintendo has been irrelevant for 7+ years.

NexGen1690d ago

Nolan knows though...he's been irrelevant for years and quickly lost any advances he made in the industry to Nintendo.

Back then, nintendo literally smushed them out of existence and took over what failings Atari left the industry in. Nintendo turned it around to be what we have today....of course, Sony and MS did their share as well.

Bottom line, back in the early 80's, Atari was already irrelevant and Nintendo saved the industry.

slivery1690d ago (Edited 1690d ago )

Saved the industry? No. I agree with everything else you said but that, the industry wasn't dying just because one system failed and one system started. There were also other successful systems along with PC games that existed, Nintendo definitely did not "Save the industry" of gaming.

No industry in this world is saved by one product alone. Its a movement of peoples ideas altogether that change an industry. Look at the history of just about anything we use today. It never started with just one thing or one idea, it is always a collaboration of ideas put together through time that eventually bring on a new era of advancements.

NexGen1690d ago

That is some great philosophy there, but that's not what happened. The video game "fad" was heading the way of the hula hoop until Nintendo came around and not only brought the industry back from the brink of bankruptcy, but to never before imagined heights.

Were it not for that save, you would probably be gaming on a pc, as consoles would not exist.

Baka-akaB1690d ago (Edited 1690d ago )

Dude the market crashed back then period . When the whole ET and Atari meltdown happened , investors that were very much needed to take the next step went scaredy cat , folded for over two years .
Games that were released at 40$ were sold in bins at 2 ...

Activision itself only survived because that's when Kotick's group bought them out . Even with pc gaming they were dying out

While not alone out there , it was still the NES' success that brought the gaming industry back

ShaunCameron1688d ago

@ slivery

Yes, Nintendo saved the industry. Just ask Trip Hawkins.

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SilentNegotiator1690d ago

Atari...they know from experience.

NatureOfLogic1690d ago

*grabs popcorn* Shi* storm incoming in 5...4...3...2.......

OT: Nintendo won't become irrelevant as long as they have the handhelds on lock. They can easily recover from WiiU.

Enemy1690d ago

Lol says the irrelevant Atari.

ape0071690d ago

bad blood can carry on for a very very long time xD

Axonometri1690d ago

Atari will always be great in my mind... When I was 10.
Funny how Nintendo doom and gloom stories never cease yet they are always sitting on top of sales reports.

No I am not a Ninty fanboy.

SpiralTear1690d ago

"Mr Bushnell said Atari had been 'abused by corporate charlatans' after a 'glorious beginning'."

That sounds very grudgy and pretty immature. Also, Bushnell uses the "i" word when saying that Nintendo's handheld success won't last.

Heisenburger1690d ago (Edited 1690d ago )

They should really avoid the... *looks left* *looks right* pitfalls of irrelevancy.


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