Why Nintendo Doesn't Just Listen to its Fans

Nintendo has one of the most dedicated fan followings out there.

While that often means there's a whole community of gamers singing its praises, it also often results in crowds of those same gamers angrily rallying together to decry some of its more questionable business decisions.

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wonderfulmonkeyman362d ago (Edited 362d ago )

Still waiting to see whether Nintendo wises up on the whole smart phone chat thing.
I mean, they haven't shown any indication of making it the go-to for all of their online efforts quite yet, so there's hope they'll adjust their course on that and avoid ever doing so, because smart phone chat is not what gamers want.

Rebel_Scum361d ago

As a developer it is important to listen to users, but you have to take it with a grain of salt. What a user wants is not always the right decision.

STK026361d ago

Nintendo, like the other big players in the industry, gets some things right, and some things wrong. By purely listening to its fans, the Wii would have never happened and Nintendo would have missed a hugely profitable console. The DS would also have never happened, therefor costing Nintendo most successful platform. Let's never forget that the reaction to these two devices when they were revealed were lukewarm at best, fans were asking for a more traditional follow-up to the Gamecube and the GBA as opposed to some gimmick-ridden devices.

On the other hand, the Wii-U was a costly decision made by Nintendo and one could argue that that 3D in the 3DS harmed the platform more than it helped it grow. Another thing to keep in mind is that while there's always a very vocal minority asking for games like Metroid or Mother 3, these don't sell nearly as well as other Nintendo titles, explaining why Nintendo isn't too fired up about these games.