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Final Fantasy VII Writer Sees End of The Nintendo Era

Since the release of the Game Boy, Nintendo has ruled portable gaming. That era is over, says Masato Kato, the writer of FFVII, Xenogears and Chrono Trigger. But why?

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phantomexe2756d ago

right...i may not agree with nintendos future outline but i've heard this before.Nintendo could sell ice to eskimos plus nintendo will do what nintendo has alwasy done offer zelda mario metroid f-zero and there other 200 ips that they know people will snach up at day one. I have a felling nintendo isn't going anywhere.

qface642756d ago

this guy is just 1 big troll
if your gonna say nintendo is gonna come to an end at least give an actual reason as to why you think that

"With the iPad going on sale, the epoch of Nintendo is finished," Kato tweeted. "But with the DS and the Wii, it's been digging its own grave."
SERIOUSLY???

mikeslemonade2756d ago

As successful Nintendo is this generation, they won't be next generation. Essentially they hit two home runs this generation. They're due for another N64, Virtual boy, or Gamecube.

Fact of the matter is Nintendo will never invest as much money as Sony or Microsoft into their hardware. It's not like Nintendo has some kind of geniuses that Sony and Microsoft don't have; it's just that they got extremely lucky this generation.

For the Nintendo DS position, it's analogy is the PS2 generation against the competitors of gamecube and xbox. The competitors against the DS is the PSP and the iPhone/iPad/smartphone. Next generation Nintendo will will face stiffer competition because they're going to milk the same franchises again, but Sony will have 2 analog sticks, graphics in HD, and better online.

tunaks12756d ago (Edited 2756d ago )

"Fact of the matter is Nintendo will never invest as much money as Sony or Microsoft into their hardware. It's not like Nintendo has some kind of geniuses that Sony and Microsoft don't have; it's just that they got extremely lucky this generation. "

I don't think you understand how retarded that sounds. Nintendo got lucky? I think you are forgetting how long they've been in this industry. Sony and MS are playing catch up now. You also talk as if the GameCube and N64 were complete and utter failures. If I am not mistaken the n64 and gamecube are home to some of the most critically acclaimed games.

hamoor2756d ago

How did you knew that the PSP 2 will have better graphics/online than the 3ds?

phantomexe2756d ago

Love them or hate them, nintendo knows what there doing when it comes to games. 25 years of doing it is the proof. I think nintendo could make it if they wanted without 3rd party suport. Which is already preety bad except for a few games by 3rd partys conduit,monster hunter and a few more.

Reibooi2756d ago (Edited 2756d ago )

@tunaks1

It doesn't sound stupid at all. While I don't agree about the handheld sector(Nintendo will more then likely own that area for quite awhile to come especially if the 3DS does 3D well)

They WERE lucking with the Wii. Go back to the playstation or PS2 era and tell any gamer that the next big thing would be a console where you flail the controller around. No one would believe it. It's a weird idea. Yet it worked. It was luck. Nintendo has been Hit and miss with consoles. NES was massive success, SNES massive success, N64 was a semi failure and Gamecube was a massive failure. Saying they have critically acclaimed games on those consoles means nothing. EVERY console at some point in it's lifespan has critically acclaimed games. Look at the Dreamcast it was a failure yet is beloved by fans and has plenty of critically acclaimed games. Nintendo have had a MUCH better track record in the hand held market. However that's largely been because of lack of good competition.

I honestly don't see Nintendo recreating the success they had this Gen again in the next generation. That's just me.

mikeslemonade2756d ago

"I don't think you understand how retarded that sounds. Nintendo got lucky? I think you are forgetting how long they've been in this industry. Sony and MS are playing catch up now. You also talk as if the GameCube and N64 were complete and utter failures. If I am not mistaken the n64 and gamecube are home to some of the most critically acclaimed games."

So it's pure skill that Nintendo went from 20 million units sold with Gamecube to the Wii which is on pace to sell over 150 million? That is the biggest turnaround in video game history. I call that luck, and the way they did it was hit a "home run" or a "knock out punch". Nintendo themselves didn't think the Wii would be this successful. They brought in motion controls and targeted the casual audience and they benifited from that. Nintendo Wii isn't directly competing against 360 and PS3 and that is why it's doing so great. Next generation Ninendo will try the same thing again except the competition is stiffer.

How did you knew that the PSP 2 will have better graphics/online than the 3ds?

Sony always invests more on their hardware. They sell the system at a loss and the hardware normally almost costs twice as much as the MSRP. Nintendo always launches the system at a profit. Day one Nintendo will be making money.

Dragon_Hiko2756d ago (Edited 2756d ago )

I'm going to have to agree with Mikeslemonade with Nintendo on the console market, hand held is a different ball game all together and I don't have an opinion on that.
But getting back to the wii; I'm just going to point out some simple logic...Nintendo cannot make a true successor to the wii that will sell like the wii. Why? Because...there's the wii! Nintendo won't be able to laud as one of their biggest features downloading old classic arcade games for example...why? Because the wii does it, why buy a new console when your old one does what you want right? Same with the games that the casual market liked with wii, they have the wii! Why buy a new console? You have to remember the casual crowd is not the hardcore crowd, casual game players do not want to buy a new console when they don't play that many games to begin with, and all the fun games on the wii are again there. The casual crowd does not care about super pretty HD graphics, or state of the art AI and physics engines in games...if they did they wouldn't be 'casual' gamers would they?
The way I see it Nintendo has 2 options.
1-they go for a suped up console and try to compete with Sony and Microsoft on the high end spectrum on consoles.
and
2-they stick two wii's together with duct tape like they did the game cube for the wii. Joking aside, basically a minor upgrade which means cheap launch price catering again to the casual crowd.
Now, option 1 in my opinion is the one they should go with, but it will mean a lot of competition for nintendo since Sony and Microsoft both have learned a LOT i'm sure about their HD consoles and what to make even better next time round where for Nintendo it will be there first shot in the HD era. NOT saying they can't do it, just will be a hell of a battle.
And option 2 is a death knell as far as I'm concerned. If they try the EXACT same formula for the wii 2 as the wii I believe they will fail to achieve half the market share of the wii. Again....with the casual crowd who DON'T want to upgrade, and already have their virtual store for their older games and already having a plethora of fun games on the wii...where would the incentive be for the casual market to upgrade?

N4g_null2756d ago (Edited 2756d ago )

You have to understand how hard it is to go from 2d to 3d and learn how to use the tools to effectly make or bring the magic you once had to an evolving platform like gaming. Hell you could get a hacked version of zbrush and still not be any good at it for a long time.

Why do I say such a thing? Nintendo sucked at 3d for a good while until the wii. It was mostly game play wise. It's no secret that japan was on the loosing side of the graphic war simply because all the big 3d iron makers where american. It's like their heart was not into it or some thing yeet really they simply did not have access to our tools. They where truly following some one elses vision it seemed. Yet now they have gotten good at 3d. I'm pretty sure they are using normal maps now and a few procedual graphics chips. The 3ds will run shaders, real shaders not gimped ones. Hell you may even see an epic engine on the 3DS.

With the wii they have almost prefected game play in true 3d and with motion controls to boot. So far the wii has my favortie versions of all their franchise out or coming out on the wii and they all crush the GC versions and even the N64 versions.

Nintendo was actually dead to me during that time yet now they are busting out of the grave like a vengful zombie. It funny because they got their groove back and while their wii sports offer game play no one has been able to do yet with motion controlls all of their core games got graphic up grades.

After seeing Mario galaxy two on my DLP samsung I can not fathom why you guys think nintendo can not handl HD gaming, We all know thier next system will have it and they just prefected all of their franchises pretty much and even gave us a 2d mario that is a gem.

By the time they want to do HD on a console we will have a video card with almost 2,000 cores in it and enough ram to power my workstation from 2001. seriously HD will be ready for mass consumption then and a $250 HD console will be easy to produce and sell at that price. The power usage is shrinking like crazy.

Also slow thinking people think nintendo profits are going down because of low sales, no it's called R&D cutting into your profits. Nintendo is spending big for the next DS and the next Wii. They where not lucky. They have multiple core nintendo games in the 10 million range along with games that I though would never get my wife to play games let along her parents.

It's really sad how the every one truely believes that the hard core never leave gaming. They sure as hell left PC gaming ask id software. They are just as fickle as the new comers unless you believe the hardcore truely are sheep or brain washed.

Tech wise I think nintendo is looking for some thing where they can bring custom hardware to each new game release, very similar to the FX chip. You can't do that with optical media unless it is caddy based, yet you can do that with 2TB SDXC cards, which would be able to contain as many as 100 high-definition movies, Yes thats a 2,000 gigs way bigger than a blu ray disk and even faster. It's very easy to then use a tegra or some other GPUCPU hybrid to off load rendering or even add more system ram just for one game.

Unthinkable, well if they where in debt and trying to turn a profit yes I would be inclined to agree but they are not.

Nintendo is the most dangerous right now. Every one looking in on their success can not see nintendo has made it's best games for casual, and hardcore gamers this gen. The sale prove it, yet of course a PC gamer would not like traditional console games like a 2d mario.

Wake up gamers you have intruders in your house! PC gamers are not your friends LOL.

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Mo0eY2756d ago

Nintendo lost me as a consumer for their next-gen console. I'm sorry, but they had so much potential in their hands, and they create casual, mini games? I was expecting sword fighting epicness, insane FPS games, and a rebirth of the first person shooter with the controller. Screw that.

n4f2756d ago

yeah what ever and this time its coming from that guy?
hater much?

saint_john_paul_ii2756d ago

the ipad? you mean that $400 POS that apparently is great for gaming? has anyone played games on the thing yet?

I rather play on a SEGA Game Gear than that POS..

ATLGAMER2756d ago

thats what i was tellin u before***( cleavandshow)

PirateThom2756d ago

The Game Gear was great though.

madpuppy2756d ago

with a ton of accessories and a few games, like an idiot, I gave them to my neice and nephews.

unknownhero11232756d ago

funny you should say that because I just did an hour ago, played on the game gear I mean.

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tunaks12756d ago (Edited 2756d ago )

the iPad will not pose a threat to the DS in the long run. How much can really be achieved with no buttons? Sure mini games here and there will be neat on the iPad, but when will we see a full fledged title that is exclusive to the iPad? A game that will get as much buzz as a Mario or Zelda game? Never.

Brklynty12756d ago

The iPad? That $600 piece of shit is just a oversized iPod touch, what? you mean to tell me for birthdays and christmas mothers are going to start getting thier 8 year olds iPads instead of a DS? You must be insane, 70 million Wiis sold and like 120 million DS sold, yea, nintendo is going anywhere son.

Aphe2756d ago

Oh, is it that time of the month for someone to say Nintendo is doomed again?

/yawn

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