Data Research Firm Says Nintendo Could Make $2.7B In 7 Years By Going Mobile

Data analytic firm Super Data believes that Nintendo could make roughly $2.7 billion in seven years, if the company produced games for smartphones and tablets.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

Yea because it's all about the money right? Like Candy Crush makes more than any game on consoles but I'd always choose a great console game over some mobile crap with touch screens.

I say stick to the console business and do a hell of a better job designing it next time and make the move sooner rather than later.

lilbroRx1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

Also, that is 1/5 of what they made in the console market with the Wii.

zeal0us1394d ago

I don't see anything wrong with expanding to mobile. I'm not sure why many people think it would be a bad move when in reality it would be extra source of revenue. This extra source could help fund some more WiiU and 3DS games. The Nintendo games that are ported or made for mobile doesn't necessarily have to be Mario, Zelda, Pokemon or etc.

lilbroRx1393d ago

Ever heard of the term saturation? Some things sell better do to being unique or esclusive like seasonal coffees at Starbucks and limited edition products.

If Nintendo made their software for other Markets it would increase the saturation and make the popularity go down.

Nintendo is a hardware company first and foremost. They make most of their profit off of hardware. Their software exists solely to show off their hardware. If people could get the software elsewhere then they would have no reason to buy the hardware and Nintendo would lose its primary source of revenue.

dedicatedtogamers1394d ago

Eh, no...

Nintendo made this much money - many times over - with the Wii. They simply need to return to the philosophy that gave birth to the Wii and DS.

Minato-Namikaze1394d ago

That is the wii-u's Philosophy, but the casuals left.

LAWSON721394d ago

Is that why COD is probably the best selling franchise of all time? The casuals have been buying those yearly since around 2007-2009

lilbroRx1393d ago

Nintendo never targeted a casual audience. They targeted the exact same audience that they have been since the 80's. That audience is "everone"

Calling Nintendo's audience casual is just a attempt by butt-hurt Sony fans to write off Nintendo's success in an insulting way, the same with how they label every unique or creative them Nintendo does a gimmick where they don't when Sony and Microsoft the same thing.

stanr1394d ago

They really need to port classic Super Mario to the mobile device

BattleAxe1394d ago

Why? It's days are numbered.

curtis921394d ago

To play classic super mario? You nintendo fans.

Neckbear1394d ago

Can you imagine playing Super Mario on a touchscreen?

zeal0us1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

Yep I used to play Super Mario World with little to no problem on my crappy android phone(screen was 3.5 inches btw). It's is not as problematic as some people make it to be. Though if you have big fingers than it might be an pain.

LAWSON721394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

Is emulation something that is difficult to do or something. Android can play any handheld pretty well including the DS and any console up to N64. Hell I have been playing every Pokemon game before Pearl/Diamond on my phone since 08 and starting last year DS has worked very well. Only turn based games work well with touch controls but controllers like DS3 work on rooted devices

wonderfulmonkeyman1394d ago

Its days are the same as any other normal console cycle.
Quit hating on it.

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4logpc1394d ago

Its not gonna happen. People need to get over it.

BattleAxe1394d ago

To the contrary, fanboys need to except the fact that it is going to happen. It's almost like Nintendo fans are traumatized by this kind of news, and no matter how good the logic or the explanation is, there's a total lack of understanding.

KonsoruMasuta1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

Nope, it's not going to happen.

Didn't work for SEGA or Atari. I'm sure they thought going multiplatform was goingto help them.

diepdiep1394d ago

Earth to BattleAxe. Maybe you should start thinking logically about potential consequences. For instance, 3DS sales will likely take a BIG nosedive if they go mobile.

BattleAxe1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

@ KonsoruMasuta

I'm glad you replied, because I wasn't finished with my point in another article.

Do you think that Sega or Atari's franchises even come close to Nintendo's in terms of popularity and sales? I'll show you the main difference, but primarily with Sega, as Atari really doesn't have anything great other than Pac Man, and there's only so much you can do with a game like that.

Here are some sales comparisons for popular franchises that Sega owns verses franchises that Nintendo owns:

Phantasy Star:

Sonic (Notice the highest selling Sonic games have Mario included):

Super Monkey Ball:

Virtua Fighter:

Super Mario Bros. is the king, and would be a massive hit on other platforms. These sales numbers blow away almost any other game out there:


Super Smash Bros:


Nintendo has had some pretty low hardware sales in the past, which makes these numbers all that much more impressive. Imaging what they could do if they opened up their game library to other platforms, it would be huge.

List of best selling consoles:

Nintendo is in a completely different situation than Sega and Atari. Lets take a look at total consoles sold, including handhelds between the three companies over their entire history:

Nintendo: 662 Million Units (Approximately)

Sega: 88 Million Units (Approximately)

Atari: 35 Million Units (Approximately)

As you can see Nintendo has had far more exposure, and is on a completely different level than either Atari or Sega. So, the comparisons made between Nintendo, Sega and Atari are pointless.

KonsoruMasuta1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

How about showing me some data that proves that move has worked for companies in the past? Give me a couple of companies that used to make gaming hardware, went multiplatform, and haven't been in any financial crisis since the move?

As pointed out before, Nintendo makes a bulk of it's money from hardware sales, they will lose money by cutting hardware out. There isn't any guarantee going multiplatform will make that back. You aren't considering the even bigger losses they will see if they cut hardware out.

Not to mention that going multiplatform will hurt the sales of their handheld, which is doing quite well, selling around 40. It has outpaced almost every other Nintendo handheld.

BattleAxe1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )


Sega is still around aren't they? Last year they even acquired Creative Assembly and Relic Entertainment. So I guess there's your example.

If Sega hadn't dropped their hardware division they probably wouldn't be around today at all. Nintendo is going to have to restructure their business, so yes, things will change, and yes layoffs will happen and they will become more profitable by having less overhead costs from hardware R&D and hardware manufacturing.

Companies have to downsize to become more profitable sometimes. Their revenue might be far less, but their profitability may be far better, and that's what matters at the end of the day.

Atari is still around making games, but a company's success depends on the decisions they make to bring products to market, and Atari did an absolutely terrible job of coming out with new games and expanding their brand. Atari was mismanaged in a huge way, and it's too bad, because the Atari should have been in the position that Nintendo is in today had they played their cards right.
"On January 21, 2013, Atari Inc., Atari Interactive Inc., Humongous, Inc. and California US Holdings, Inc. (collectively, the "Companies") filed petitions for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. With this move, the U.S.-based Atari operations sought to separate from the structural financial encumbrances of their French parent holding company, Atari S.A. (formerly Infogrames S.A.) and secure independent capital for future growth, primarily in the areas of digital and mobile games."

If you want to argue just for the sake of arguing, then that's fine, but you haven't provided any real kind of counter argument.

deafdani1394d ago

Sony will go mobile before Nintendo.


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gedden71394d ago

I think they are making their own Cell Phone..

JohnnyTower1394d ago

I'd buy it. I would pitch my crappy iPhone right out the window. So long forever apple!!

KonsoruMasuta1394d ago

They actually were looking into phones back in like 2004. I wonder what happened to those plans...

LAWSON721394d ago

If you dislike iphone why buy it, the phone market has plenty of competition thanks to android.

JohnnyTower1394d ago (Edited 1394d ago )

@lawson mine is a work phone. Our upper mgmt is all Sheeple who bought into the apple autocracy. And no, I'm not gonna buy another goddam phone on top of my iphone. I would gladly make the switch for Ninty model though.

Justindark1393d ago

nintendo phones would be pretty durable thats for sure.

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CouldHaveYelledUiiW1394d ago

They have done things like this in Japan.

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