Nintendo President Iwata Firm That Nintendo will not go Third Party...
by Mike Futter
Nintendo is currently holding an investor briefing to discuss the financial challenges the company is currently facing. Chief among the topics are the discussions of Nintendo possibly abandoning living room hardware and putting games on other platforms.
Analyst David Gibson is present at the briefing and is translating in real time via Twitter. Gibson relays that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is firm in his position regarding Nintendo hardware. The company will not change itís unified strategy of hardware and software, nor will it put games on other platforms.
Nintendo will continue to develop living room hardware after the Wii Uís lifespan is over. Additionally, Gibson relays that the Wii U will not be receiving a price cut, and that the company must overcome the perception that it is a peripheral for the Wii.
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That's right, no Mario Kart on PS4.
That game would just be left to die on the PS4. If they can't sell the games all that well here, what makes you think people want them on the other platforms? I'd venture to say the majority of the base on other systems don't even care about Nintendo titles so why would a third party Nintendo be such a good idea. Even Nintendo knows that idea is stupid.
People are just going to have to deal with it. If they leave hardware, they're not pulling a Sega. They will be done. They'll take their ball and go home. Even if another group bought the IPs, you can still kiss the franchises goodbye. They'll never quite be the same, and the fans will be vocal about it.
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If they can't sell the games all that well here, what makes you think people want them on the other platforms?
Because the PS4 already has sold double the Wii U, and even the disaster that was the Xbone has also outsold the Wii U.
Game sales on the Wii U are poor because very few people actually want to buy a Wii U, for the following reasons:
1. The concept of a "casual home console" died in the late 00s/early 10s with the advent of smartphones.
2. Anyone still willing to buy a casual home console has no idea that the Wii U exists.
3. Nintendo screwed over their fanbase with the Wii and it's clear that Nintendo still has no intention of providing content for their old fanbase on the Wii U.
4. Decent quality games are literally 8 months apart in release and even over a year after launch there still aren't enough titles to warrant a purchase.
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darknight06 posted...If they can't sell the games all that well here, what makes you think people want them on the other platforms?
1st: There are not twice as many PS4s sold as there are Wii-Us. The PS4 is selling well enough to not have to try and add numbers to make it look more impressive, unless you really think there are 10 million PS4s sold right now.
2nd: How does the amount of PS4s sold relate to Nintendo selling well on that platform? I'll repeat this example.
Poll the typical gamer and ask them which is better, NSMBU or Rayman Legends. Pretty sure you are gonna see Legends win that poll. In fact this board has multiple topics complaining about how rehashed and terrible the NSMB games are (although a few threads were started in the last few days arguing against that, and I was a little proud of that myself). So the average gamer prefers Rayman, yet when Legends was released it was not able to sell more copies on a combined user base of nearly 160 million consoles than NSMBU. In fact, the combined sales of the 360 and PS3 version were just barely more than the actual sales of that title on the Wii-U. However we are to believe that even though the game that the Sony and Microsoft fanbase prefers can't sell on those systems the games which we keep hearing are old and outdated and WORSE all around will suddenly sell enough to bring Nintendo enough money in the long run to be worth completely scrapping their hardware business. It just doesn't add up.
3rd: Your first two points are rather weird assumptions. The smartphone market affecting the handheld industry I can understand, but I have a hard time seeing anyone saying something like, "No, we don't need a Wii-U, we have an iphone." They're not even the same market at all. If someone were looking to buy a "casual" home console, they wouldn't look to see what Nintendo was offering? These points are technically subjective, but they don't make a lot of sense to me.
4th: I understand some people feel somehow "betrayed" by the Wii, but what "old" content are you looking for? So far they have made platformers, party games, strategy and actions games, and puzzle games; also the entire Wii VC is available out of the box. What they provided over the last year was a lot of what the NES, SNES, and N64 were known for. Wii mode may not be super cool, but it is perfectly functional, so the majority of the old titles are there too. How are they not providing content?
5th: Yep, there is a bit of a delay between first party titles. It is not 8 months right now though. I get the feeling you are not the forgiving type. Also, if you don't think there are any games worth owning on the Wii-U right now, even if just exclusive ones, I have a hard time thinking you ever really cared for Nintendo at all. I can understand not thinking it was worth 300, but NOTHING is worth owning at all? To each his own I guess.
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why would they want third party games? it's shown that those companies only care about how shiny their graphics are and how much money they can milk from DLC than making a decent game these days.
I mean, Aliens:CM was a bullet the Wii U dodged greatly. Who the heck cares about Bethsedia, they couldn't even make Skyrim decent without it being a bug riddled mess. Developers need to remember that they should be making good games, not shiny but 5 minute games that require you to pay 20 dollars to buy the next DLC patch to continue the adventure
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and that the company must overcome the perception that it is a peripheral for the Wii.
Thats going to be a tough fix.
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