More of an emotional appeal than industry analysis, this piece examines a simple question: Did we, as gamers, help Nintendo into the tight spot it's in?
I hope so, they need to either evolve or die.
They've taken more chances with hardware than the majority have in the past 3 generations. They've also been doing their best to change up their own series while courting indies more strongly than ever. They're evolving. Slowly, but surely. And if they died, the industry would stagnate. It's because we've got 3 as big as the 3 are now that we've got any variety at all.
Nobody needed the big 3 when it was Sega and nintendo.
@ Sween, the market was way different back then. 3's pretty much the minimum now.
If one left the market there are others waiting on the sidelines, Google, Apple, maybe even Amazon.
What about the software? Nintendo is still making cheerful platformers for the most part when majority of the gamers are playing multiplayer shooters, western styled RPGs, open world games and action adventure games. When they do try for something new, they release eccentric games like Wonderful 101 that fail commercially. Evolving means to adapt to the newer environment in order to survive and prosper. In case of a games manufacturer, it means to make games according to the new and different tastes of the customers. I understand that Nintendo fans like them the way they are but they will evolve only when they make games that majority of the people like playing these days.
Yea coz more competition never benefited the products you enjoy?
Because they don't give you the games you like, it needs to die so the people who enjoy their games can go without. Here is what is wrong with Electronic Gaming Culture.
It's more to the effect of Nintendo's only good games being first party, and even then they're few and far between. It's not worth buying their consoles to play less than a handful of really good games when I can have a much better experience elsewhere and across a wider (and frankly better quality) set of titles overall. Nintendo should move to the software business like Sega did, it's pretty much their only chance to stay relevant.
Your a little harsh but I do agree with you that Nintendo needs to change the way they develop their consoles.
I'm curious. How would it make your life better when Nintendo would die?
its like people got sick of dooming the vita now they moved onto nintedo lol give it a break
I thought Nintendo were committing suicide?
That's right, it's not my fault they don't make things I want to buy.
Thats the same case for me. If Nintendo doesn't make something that I'm interested then I won't buy it. They are the ones who decide what their products will be like not me.
they do that themselves
No, Nintendo is slowly killing itself
I pretty much got sick of nintendo just after 2 consoles and 1 handheld. Their consoles suck now and their handhelds have awesome exclusive 3rd party games. Do i want them to die? Nope.
I just found that the Wii was so cheaply made. The cables for the sensor bar couldn't be anymore cheaper. : (
The hardware is solid, but the wires make me feel like i could spit on them and they'll get torn.
I love the original comment. "Nintendo need to evolve of die". Incredible! You would have to be ignorant or blind/deaf not to see Nintendo as arguably thee only console manufacturer who innovates, takes risks and moves on. Move, Kinect...nice "new" ideas, but where did they get the inspiration I wonder?
You speak of ignorance and leave a comment like that? Well ok then!
Nintendo half asses, then others look at what they have done and do it better. If you're not going to go all the way, don't bother innovating. Nintendo has created more problems and threats to itself by doing this than anything else- and that's nothing to go boasting about.
Are you really saying that Kinect was better than the Wii Remote?
There's a finite number one can milk franchises. Mario 25 next year. Nintendo thank ou for a wonderful childhood with snes
Give us a release date of Xenoblade 2 and a bunch of exclusive JRPGs if you want me to buy your console.
Ignore the fact that is half way in between last gen and next gen, i.e ps3 < Wii U < Ps4, Nintendo is still the best. Watch out for their 9th gen. hardware in 2018 it will blow ps5 out of the water ;;;
you think the 8th gen is only going to last 4 years?
I don't care about the silly fan wars! All I care about is the release date for X. I want that game so damn bad
Wonderful article, I enjoyed reading it...very different from the most articles now-days.
since when is Nintendo being killed?
Evolve or die? In hardware terms, When everyone else is copying each other and doing the same thing? Making mid tier pcs with custom front ends.... Nintendo is the only one whos attempted to evolve. We as gamers don't want to evolve. There is nothing new and special about ps4 and xbox one. Its practically a strong pc tied to a tv.
Well, they're killing themselves with their refusal to evolve.
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