Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings.
Dan Adelman is a former employee because he doesn't really understand Nintendo.
Nintendo's upper management is whats hurting the company with their archaic thinking. They dismissed online gaming at one point and have admitted to underestimating the transition to HD. To make things worse their hardware and games are affected by it. Lack of in game chat, online features, invites and simple media functions are all absent in most if not all games. Time for some new management one that delivers on promises and understands the western market. ;)
i agree somewhat and yet they're still doing "ok" as a company yeah wii u has mostly been a flop but 3ds is still doing very well they need better online infrastructure, better relationship with 3rd party devs, better relationship with the community/youtube creators, better system with more features. seems like they're just out of touch with that stuff and didnt adapt, like you said, to the changing western market.
I am quite happy the way it is. Today it might be considered archaic to deliver the best gaming experience rather than the best social networking/multimedia experience. I like games, not social networks.
this guy is spot on, and we've all said this. nintendo has great games, but the infrastructure in which they are assimilated is what is hurting them. they dont want constructive criticism, we've been yelling commonsense at them for so long. honestly, and i hate to sound harsh, (but well, here i go): **** 'em. they dont want to listen, that's how they've always been. and that's why their consoles continue to decline. what developers are going to want to support a console that doesnt sell with a now small hardcore fanbase that only wants Nintendo games? i love nintendo games, but it's gonna take nintendo a while for them to develop a collection of games for me to justify buying a WiiU. i'll prob get one in a few years.
“Unfortunately, that creates a culture where everyone is an advisor and no one is a decision maker – but almost everyone has veto power." “Ideas often get shut down prematurely just because some people with the power to veto an idea simply don’t understand it." This is disappointing to hear and in a big expose of Microsoft during the Steve Balmer years, this was the reason they were criticised for not inventing the smartphone before Apple. Nintendo executives regularly talk about how they do not see themselves as being in the same market as Sony and Microsoft, they say they regard themselves as toy makers. However the reality is they ARE in the same market, they are competing for the same customers. Lets not try to teach your grandma to suck eggs, Nintendo are formidable game creators, they produce titles that are so enjoyable and delightful. Their games receive very high scores and have long shelf lives and maintain their original price. However they do need to have an awareness of what is happening in the video game market place. So their decision for some games to not have in-game voice chat is made to keep them family friendly, however it limits their functionality in comparison to PSN & Live. An universal achievements system has become standard with their competitors, a full online store, genuine support for third party games and a more open relationship with their community and YouTubers who are effectively promoting their products. Nintendo still know how to make great games, but they have become insular, they need to start reforging relationships with exterior publishers, developers and the community. I'm actually one of those people who think that if Nintendo adapt their business model, their next console (the rumoured sequel to Wii U AND 3DS) has the potential to dominate the market again.
I agree, Venom, Nintendo's first party and wide ranging appeal are unmatched by the other platforms. Nintendo hold the only platforms where their first party games have always been their most popular and highest selling. If they could flatten the management structure, inject new blood and invite bold new ideas, that'd be a start. If they could then concede to technology trends, thus extending an olive branch to the 3rd parties, you'd have a new Super Nintendo on your hands. But they won't do that. There's no pressure for them to do that, not while the old guard remains. They'd sooner scuttle the ship than bring dishonour by changing their ways/"beliefs". If they can't do it the way they want to do it, they simply won't do it at all.
@tiqla you're the exact problem with nintendo fanbase today. All you think about is yourself, just because you don't want or don't care about certain features doesn't mean others don't. it's 2015, it's time for nintendo to get with the damn times already
This is Japanese business in a nutshell. Many old school companies in Japan find it impossible to modernize. Just look at how long Nintendo took to even start competing in the digital market. Also still having locked down systems. Flagging well know YouTubers who even show a few seconds of their games. As much as I love Nintendo, they need to embrace modern gaming as well.
Nintendo does a lot right but then again they need to make some changes. Sure their handhelds sell wonderfully but its their consoles that are suffering the most.
Nintendo exclusives mostly appeal to Nintendo fans, but not to mainstream gamers. COD/GTA/AC is what current gaming is all about (and Im not saying its good). P.S. And sports games ofc.
* What do I notice though. * Modernizing of games = Less Quality, rushed, buggy mess. * Old school Nintendo way = slightly less graphics, but a high quality game that ALWAYS WORKS as intended and is fun to play. * I have XB1& Wii U so I get to see both sides, but whatever Nintendo is "missing", that make up for 10x with the stuff they do. * Nintendo does stuff that NOBODY else can do.... So that balances it out right there. * The More Corporate the Video Games industry becomes, the less quality games will be made. * Your graphics snobs are getting exactly what you deserve with these rushed, buggy mess games... It's buggy...."but it's dark and edgy...so it's adult!" * It runs choppy and isn't fun " but look at these graphics maaaan" I'll take less specs + better art style any day over buggy broken games. * I bought way too many hyped games in 2014 that disappointed me, and it was my own fault and I won't fall for it again. * I got what I deserved when I bought AC:Unity....I should have known better.... * NO Wii U game has even come close to disappointing me on that level. * The Media isn't smart. They are all about gossip and BS to sell you ANYTHING that gets them hits.
The Japanese crew really don't understand the demands of western players. Really no one can't deny that. That's why Wii U struggles to sell more than 3 million units per year.
I love the WiiU (i think its possibly the best system own this gen, CURRENTLY) to death and Nintendo has definitely been turning around lately but it's very apparent that until recently, the Heads in JPN were clearly delusional until they realized that the market outside of Japan is more than willing to open their wallets. Now about Fatal Frame 5...
Obviously. They're stuck in the past. Their online is like the original Xbox, graphics likeva PS3, and a general reluctance to evolve their brand. They still make good games and their system is fun but they could do more and it sucks they don't.
maybe true but stack beyonetta 2 against anything the ps4 xboxone have to offer at the moment and everything falls short.. if you havnt played the game its beyond me... i bet u anything the ps4 and xboxone wish they had beyonetta 2 to show off their system
I'm sure Bayonetta is fun, but it mostly had a cult following back on PS3 and Xbox 360, and I don't see that changing on Xbox One / PS4. Also, Pix the Cat.
Bayonetta 2 has me deeply impressed this year*. Also that it came bundled with a high quality port of Bayonetta 1 is still unbelievable for me. The value in quality and content of this package is just insane. *Edit: Well, last year. It's 2015 now, lol
I wish they turn into a software only company.
lol honestly i only buy nintendo systems for like 1 or 2 games, granted there usually some of the best games i ever played but still, my wii u right now is literally a smash and mario kart box. If im the type of player that only likes a certain genre (which im not but for the sake of this example) like fighting games for instance, what other good fighting games can i get on nintendo other than smash? and even that only comes once a generation.
Yeah Nintendo makes really cool games but I know if I get it I'll probably get about four five games and thats it. Between the One and Four cant justifiy the purchase of another system.
That makes sense to me but they do not want to lose control of who they are.
That would be the greatest day for gaming
Never going to happen. They've said before that if they ever leave the console market they will stop making games.
See, I told you they were stubborn old farts.
Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming” Well no shyt sherlock, its what ive been saying after gamecube. No wonder it sells bad,it's called the kiddie gaming console,its games are meant for people under 14. Nintendo has it self to blame.
all i'm gonna say is that Nintendo is focusing on the wrong franchises and their online services are dreadful...just saying.
They are turning into Sega.
Yup. Region lock in 2015? No charger in N3DS? Nintendo decisions is so ridiculous
The 3DSXL didn't have a charger when it first came out, so....
Still doesn't make it right
And it shows. Whatever the case is though, they are still the only ones that can survive solely on exclusives, something Microsoft and Sony couldn't even dream of.
Frankly speaking Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros. Wii U and Bayonetta 2 have been the most satisfying gaming and online experiences on console for me this year. I think, for the things Nintendo does wrong compared to other companies, they get an awful lot of things right that are very important to me, like: - High quality and fun gameplay as No.1 priority - Very high quality and polished software with few launch issues - Free online - ...
It's free because there's minimal use. I love Nintendo but we can't even voice chat in mk8 during a race and its 2015
Acknowledged. That is the single most critical issue in regards to online for me too. I, my family and friends use Skype, Hangouts, etc as workaround. But I'm not sure if the lack of proper voice chat hasn't more to do with Nintendo's parental policy TBH.
Don't forget backwards compatibility and support for controllers from two generations back, Microsoft and Sony could had done both of these things, but they would rather resell you the games and have you buy a new controller that is essentially the same controller from their previous console for a higher price, hell we cant even use our old headsets with these new controllers.
Absolutely! BC is a blessing. Also the controller support is awesome. Being able to simply use the old wii remotes + classic controller, proved to be a life saver during Christmas holidays, when friends came over and we wanted to play 4 player-Mario Kart 8. Only gripe I have with the BC is that disc-based Wii titles that support the classic controller can not be played with the Wii U pro controller.
Nintendo understands gaming, maybe they just arent after the "Lolz" and "everybody has a youtube channel" crowd. If they dont understand gaming, I dunno where the top rated games come from. They are right, let the other two battle it out over pixel dimensions and resolutions, and the next Nintendo console will be slightly more powerful than PS4. Arguing with hardware, You Could say MS and Sony dont understand gaming either, where is Kinect today, where is Move ?
I know, right? Games that work on release, reasonably priced DLC. F'Ing hell Nintendo, get it together. Seriously though, modern games companies could learn a hell of a lot from Nintendo.
oh really then why do we have Splatoon, IronFall Invasion and more young devs at Nintendo making games. Still living in 2013 when comes to Nintendo eh?
Neither do I.
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