Are Nintendo limiting themselves by only putting amiibo on their own consoles? Or should they finally go multiplatform?
No, they should not...IMO. They already have a mobile gaming platform that's selling like hotcakes, that's where the Amiibo brand should stop. They have it for WiiU as well. To have Amiibos work with a cell phone or tablet would mean it would need the presence of a Nintendo game, annnnnd that we do not need...IMO Want to play a Nintendo game or product then buy what u need to do so :)PlayNintendo:)
Nintendo stands to make huge profit with Amiibos. Once Pokemon Amiibos release, millions are going to want them, and a new 3DS/WiiU to play them on.
Pokemon Rumble figures were already released....barely anyone spoke about them!
Should Sony take The Last of Us to Wii U? Should Microsoft take Halo to PS4? Hmm, so many questions based off the same faulty logic... Short and sweet: No. First party IP's and merchandise should stay where they are the majority of the time.
Flagship games =/= merchandise designed to broaden the audience. You should check your logic.
And you should get some in the first place. Difference in form doesn't matter when both are first-party materials or tied in directly with said first party materials, which was the point I was making. Amiibos are designed specifically to link up to Nintendo's first-party games. Taking them to other systems would require them to do the same with their games. Hence, they shouldn't do so, not only because selling out your best franchises en masse like that is an idiotic business move, but also because both Sony and Microsoft have refused to do so for the same good business reasons. So, again, with caps for emphasis since apparently no one freaking reads a whole post anymore: FIRST PARTY IP'S AND MERCHANDISE TIED TO THEM SHOULD STAY WITH THEIR PARENT COMPANY.
And apparently you didn't READ my short ass comment. I never said anything about first party IP's and merchandise needing to stay on 1st party hardware and I said that games aren't the same as merchandise and this is directly pointing out your logic that somehow merchandise should be treated the same. But like trust Nintendo fans to continue giving poor feedback into their own loved company, the greatest asset Nintendo has and always will be is the IP not the hardware. Even Nintendo understands this and has made an iOS companion game that is actually well received, but no continue to be stubborn and gimp it's future, and keep insisting that a simple toy that has imbedded NFC chips should only be usable on Nintendo hardware and not any possible companion readers or applications.
I did read it. You just didn't make a sensible argument. This merchandise is on the same level as the games because it is TIED TO THEM. It's designed as a companion piece to increase interest in THEIR SYSTEMS and THEIR GAMES. Not piddly little phone app games that get quickly buried by all the other shovel-ware on the app stores. Putting the figures elsewhere would REQUIRE the games that they are tied to going into DIFFERENT SYSTEMS. Hence, in this instance, putting the figures elsewhere = putting their first party IP's elsewhere. One little tcg app is not on the same scale as this. This would be akin to going full out third party. And doing that would be moronic for Nintendo, because they don't need to sell out their franchises to broaden their audience.
Amiibo will do fine on Wii U and 3DS. No need to dream that Nintendo needs to put them on anything else. Besides they connect with Nintendo games so there's nothing for them to connect with on any other system. If people want them they'll need a Wii U for now.
Yeah they should go to mobile so I can stop caring about my wii u and the nintendo brand.... WHAT!
Pointless, everybody and their dog knows Mario and co. You really can't "expose [their games and characters] to a wider audience" when pretty much everybody who plays games at least recognizes or has heard of your characters.
The Amiibos are another distinguishing factor, and possible selling point for the Wii U. I can't say what's best for Nintendo, though. They definitely aren't hurting for money. So is it better for them to keep a unique feature strictly for the Wii U, or to branch out and sell as many as possible? Do they make more money off of the possible added console sales from these, or from expanding the access people have to the figures?
They make more reliable sales off of their own console and continue to maintain the image that they trust their own brands even when sales aren't the greatest, by keeping such things to their own consoles. Branching out to others en masse like that would be akin to admitting they don't trust themselves to make their products sell on their own systems, and that would not be good for business for a first-party machine like Nintendo.
@wonderfulmonkeyman- I completely agree. I was kind of just viewing it from both sides of the fence. I have a lot of respect for Nintendo. They have a vision, and they stick to it. It may not always equate to being number one in hardware sales, but they don't deviate.
Third parties should be signing up to have Nintendo produce Amiibos for them. This could be game changer for third party games if they have exclusive features in games that use their Amiibo, that can only be found on Nintendo platforms. With guest appearances like Mega Man, Pac Man and Sonic in Smash...ideas like that can happen in any Nintendo game. I am thinking thats why there was a Rayman trophy added to Smash, even though he is not playable. Possible assist trophy with an Amiibo? It opens up a door of potential for both third parties and Nintendo. Third parties, here is your last chance to get things moving on Nintendo platforms. The ball is in your court....there are millions of dollars sitting on the table. The question is do you want it, or is your pride still to strong to support Nintendo?
I will say one thing that's kinda funny, when all is said and done and I've collected every single dawn Amiibo and used them all I will be proud and it will be really f--king cool to have my army of Amiibos displayed all around my Nintendo WiiU and "New 3dsXL" when it releases...opposite my Xbox One, and when someone ask me what they do and how cool they are I will tell them what they do and agree :)Now when they say what's that over there, I will say that's an Xbox One, another console, and no it doesn't have anything like those Nintendo products over there lol hence, that's why Nintendo products always hold their value...there's a reason they've been around for 125 years. :)
Yes, I'm an Xbox One owner as well :) "I'm a gamer, not a fan boy" lol just so no one thinks I'm trolling an Xbox One...
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