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Nintendo Can Save Themselves

It seems like just yesterday I was in Elementary School, going over friends' houses and playing N64 all afternoon until my parents came to pick me up. Those were good times for gaming. Everybody had a Nintendo 64, and it was even something we would talk about in school all day. There was Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, Banjo Kazooie, and Goldeneye 64. That's all I really have to say. I mean, everybody and the mother was playing Ocarina of Time.

At this point in history, Nintendo was on top in the video game industry. After the NES, Super Nintendo, and now the N64, they seemed unstoppable! However, things have been downhill ever since. The Gamecube was a great console, but it just could not keep up with the Playstation 2. The Wii sold at a ridiculous rate when it was first released, but quickly fell off as Sony dominated international sales, while Microsoft easily won the United States. Now we have the Wii U...

At first glance, you can see that the Wii U isn't meant to out-power the other consoles, or show off it's graphical abilities. In fact, it is currently only slightly stronger than the Xbox 360 and PS3. When Microsoft and Sony release their new consoles this year, their processing power will prove to be incredibly superior over the Wii U. However, this isn't where Nintendo has failed.

Nintendo makes terrific games, some that people have been playing ever since their childhood almost twenty years ago. Franchises like Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong have huge fan bases. This is how Nintendo succeeds; by making great games rather than superior, powerful consoles.

With every Wii U sold, Nintendo loses a couple of dollars. They literally aren't making any money on their systems. This is a strategy they're using to make the system more affordable, and allow people to spend money on their popular franchises. The console is not making them money, but the games are. However, with the Wii U's launch, there weren't any great games to be found. We're still waiting on Pikmin, Super Smash Bros, a new Zelda, and other incredibly popular games. Right now, there is no good reason to buy a Wii U, and that's a problem. Nintendo failed miserably with their launch. You cannot release a console without great games to back it up, a lesson that Sony and Microsoft are now using to their advantage with their impressive launch lineup for both consoles.

Nintendo isn't making money on the Wii U, and in fact, there isn't even a great reason for them to be making a console at all. They do not have much third-party support, and they don't even have great first-party games to back the system's release right now. It would make a lot more sense for Nintendo to just release their games on other consoles, and stop making systems of their own. This may be a concept that is unimaginable for hardcore Nintendo fans, but it just makes more sense. There are plenty of people out there who would love to buy every Nintendo game that is released, but they don't see enough reason to buy another $350 console separately just to play those games. Microsoft and Sony have taken over an industry that Nintendo made popular, and the consumers are proving that. Xbox and Playstation are incredibly popular, and it would greatly benefit Nintendo if they decided to make games for these consoles. It doesn't make sense for them to lose money by selling a system of their own.

Right now, Nintendo is in a world of hurt. Traditional handheld games are going extinct due to the popularity of iPhone and Android games, and Microsoft and Sony have taken over the home console market. Nintendo could capitalize greatly by taking a step aside, and releasing their games for other systems. This would be the only way for them to make money right now, because they cannot continue on the path that they are on.

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NYC_Gamer1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

I believe Nintendo needs some new leadership that understands today's market and the value of building relationships with 3rd party and creating new franchises

freelandmedia1669d ago

I love Nintendo games, and I was always a Nintendo gamer up until the Xbox 360 came out. I had a Wii for a few years before getting the 360, but it just frustrated me seeing all of these great third party games that were not coming out for the Wii. Nintendo has never had good relationships with other companies.

Donnieboi1669d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

@NYC_Gamer: YES, this exactly. Yamouchi was Nintendo's best president (NES, SNES, N64) but he's an old man now (he had 3rd party love, NEW (at the time) Nintendo IP's, and leading-edge technology). Iwata should step aside. He got lucky with the Wii--that's all. Plus the success of the DS and 3DS isn't exactly something I'd allocate to him, because it seems like the portable's department is run almost independently of him (he even said he wanted to fuse the two departments).

The same geniuses who successfully ran the DS and 3DS are the same one's who probably successfully ran the Gameboy and GBA. To hell with pride. It's about time we got a president who is more up to date with how this industry works.

s45gr321669d ago

There is the option to just release a Nintendo gaming tablet. Since Nintendo strength relies on the mobile gaming market ; despite the success of say Android or IPhone when it comes to games Nintendo still being successful and profitable in regards to the 3DS. Now a gaming tablet would make more sense for Nintendo sin due to its mobility plus not spend money on a useless console. Now another option would be to offer just the service and stream Nintendo games through their network. Basically, the next time you buy a tv you create a Nintendo account and pay say $5.00 a month for their service. If both of those options don't work out then and only then this corporation should step aside, sell its games on Playstation or Xbox system or service.

Animavicion1669d ago

as sega, I believe that when going bankrupt. but meanwhile, do not see much logic not exclusive launch for "wii u". I also think that they are simply paying more attention than they should to the same problem of every generation with "nintendo": n64 will use cartridges instead of CDs? lost. the gamecube is not having good sales? lost. the Wii is less powerful than the other consoles? lost. the nintendo ds have 2 screens? lost. the 3ds does not have a great catalog release? lost.

Kos-Mos1665d ago

Were born with a reason to spread lies and humbug?

Animavicion1664d ago

da fak are you talking about?

pixelsword1669d ago (Edited 1669d ago )

Not save themselves, reinvent themselves. They need to "die" in terms of what they are to what they can be. Being a family console is great, but they have to realize that family is relative, and so they should reflect that. Family isn't always all inclusive, or both male or female these days in terms of gamers, so they should be sure that when games are made for these groups of families, they market appropriately.


They also tried to do what Microsoft did by "jumping the gun" and let the games come later, but they made two basic mistakes:

1. Their console is contemporary with current consoles

2. each game had at least one "must have" at launch

A. Microsoft had Quake 4
B. Sony had Resistance: Fall of Man

Zombi U would have been a console seller, but it bombed due to controls and melee awkwardness (that can be fixed in the next one).

freelandmedia1669d ago

Yeah, I totally agree with everything here. Nintendo didn't necessarily fail by making the Wii U, but they completely bombed their launch. There was a lot of poor planning.

thorstein1667d ago

Wii was a success. Nintendo has been around for over a century. They are hurting now? No. I don't think so. Was Wii U a mistake? Certainly. Would it have done better if they called it Wii Too? Of course, because many thought it was a peripheral.

Do they need a new gen system? Yes. And the timing is actually pretty good considering that they could go solid state with their hard drives due to the falling cost of them. This plus a strong architecture could lead to a powerful console. And bring back the Nintendo Seal of Quality and reject shovelware.