Nintendo company President Satoru Iwata has revealed that the gaming giant intends to release new non-wearable tech that monitors health sometime before March 2016. More details about the products themselves are promised later this year.
Misleading title. Adding to what you're currently doing doesn't mean you're moving away from that thing.
Very true. I think the idea of incorporating the healthy living style is a brilliant one and will really show well on TV shows like Ellen and Oprah. Quite frankly, thats the area Nintendo needs to be in to gain the mass market again. On top of that, this is suppose to roll out around 2015, so a price drop will have happened by then for sure. That combo will be a powerful one for Nintendo.
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You can never satisfy Nintendo fans. Even if the article isn't negative, they wont accept anything anyone has to say. The title is NOT misleading and it says nothing negative about Nintendo. In fact, it does nothing but describe opportunities for Nintendo to market and utilize their brand recognition. Thanks for the submission.
@Eonjay - the title has been changed now. Convenient huh? The original title said Nintendo moving away from gaming, focusing on new health tech. Which was completely false. They are merely exploring a new avenue, not abandoning their current market. Of course it isn't misleading now because it has been changed.
The article says " The company plans to move away from gaming in an attempt to maximize future profits". So, the title actually IS fitting. Assuming the article is telling the truth. But until you can prove otherwise, than the title fits.
This is from the OFFICIAL English translation of Nintendo's Corporate Management Policy Briefing: "I would like to tell you about something different from our traditional business. We will definitely maintain dedicated video game platforms as our core business, but, We will also take on the challenge of expanding into a new business area. We will attempt to establish a new platform business with which we can leverage our strengths, but which is INDEPENDANT FROM OUR VIDEO GAME PLATFORM BUSINESS". Now just cut the BS.
That's a good thing. That means that they will be able to rely on more than gaming, in the future. It will ensure that their company survives in some way if their ventures in gaming take a downturn.
It's not always a good thing, just look at how many different markets Sony are in right now and how many are giving them problems.
No, Nintendo is augmenting their games business with this new health venture..I swear the misleading headlines nowadays is getting out of hand.
So next time you are getting an MRI.. Think of Mario.
*Passes a bladder stone* Damn you, Luigi!! You and your colorful pills!!XD JK
We updated the article to reflect that Nintendo is not moving away from gaming. Since we just received an updated on the topic. Never the less they are licensing out their character rights to new partners.
"they are licensing out their character rights to new partners." They aren't even doing that. They are simply now open to licensing opportunities, presumably with strict regulations.
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Is this a joke? Oh Satoru Iwata, boy,boy,boy, what have you done to my old Nintendo? I think heads need to roll at Nintendo, upper management and hardware R&D should be put on the chopping block.
This article needs to be taken down. Not accurate in the slightest.
I am sure the health thing will be a Wiifit app or some apps that will connect with future software or blue ocean software.
go home, Nintendo... you're drunk. Moving away from gaming is the wrong move to be making.
They aren't moving away from gaming. This title is kind of misleading. Gaming will still be the core of it's business.
second paragraph: "During an investor meeting, Iwata gave a 3 second formal bow to the investors, apologizing for the poor financial performance of the Wii U, which has sold just over 2 million units in the last nine months. The company plans to move away from gaming in an attempt to maximize future profits."
Read the update at the end. "Update] According to gamerevolution.com president Satoru Iwata has made it clear that abandoning the console market simply isn’t in the cards, despite Wii U’s underwhelming performance." Also read the comment above from the author of the article. " We updated the article to reflect that Nintendo is not moving away from gaming. Since we just received an updated on the topic. Never the less they are licensing out their character rights to new partners." They acknowledged the information in the article was wrong and Nintendo has no intention of moving away from the console market. Learn to read.
All Nintendo is saying is that we can't grow our company on games alone we need to try other options. Apparently They can't get money.
Nintendo can't continue at this alone anymore. They need different revenue streams other than just gaming, since making the HD titles cuts deep within their normal marigns. They will either thrive or be bought out by Disney if I'd to guess within the next 2-4yrs.
I'm little confused. I understand ninny has bank enough for ventures. But how is spending even the smallest portion of ninny on none gaming pursuits good? Good for gamers I mean? Do we honestly believe they will actually generate more money to invest back into gaming? Guess what...they have money! They don't invest in server farms or cloud or new updated to current standard hardware. I fail to be impressed by this announcement.
I actually think it can be a good thing for Nintendo to let some 3rd party companies create games with their IP. Nintendo just isn't great at making every kind of game. Maybe they would like to have a more mature Metroid game but they don't have a studio that they feel is the right fit for it. Find a developer with enough talent and passion for the game, have somebody from Nintendo "oversee" the project to make sure it falls in line with what they accept and it could be a win/win. If only there could be a Metroid game for the Wii U/PS4 :/
"a more mature Metroid game" Metroid is already perfect in the "maturity" department. We don't need overly sexualized Samus blowing off space pirates heads and blood bursting from their necks. That's not what Metroid is or was ever about.
Mature does not mean overt sexuality or excessive violence. The Last of Us is mature. Shadows of the Colossus is mature. Gone Home is mature. Journey and Flower are mature. Let's not paint with such a broad brush.
In response to your second comment, That's certainly true, but I still think that elaborating beyond Metroid's current level of story is a bad idea. Metroid has always had a sense of quietness to its lore, as shown in Metroid Prime with the scanned logs detailing the Chozo race. Then there's Other M, which many people panned because of how it approached its narrative. It was too in-your-face. It was intended to be the focus. Metroid, in my eyes at least, isn't a series that exposes its mythology significance with intense spectacle in the way that The Last of Us or even Shadow of the Colossus does. The way Metroid's narrative functions best is to have it strongly assembled, but just enough in the background to give it a sense of tantalizing mystery.
Nintendo has a press conference, and the fanboys show up to do damage control? This can't be good.