The lights are on
With the Wii U posting anemic sales numbers,
the calls for Nintendo to follow in the footsteps of Sega and leave the
hardware business for multiplatform game development are increasing. However,
Nintendo head Satoru Iwata says that it would be a move done for "short term
In an interview with CVG, Iwata stressed that
developing both hardware and software was fundamental to Nintendo's strength as
"What I believe
is that Nintendo is a very unique company, because it does its business by
designing and introducing people to hardware and software," said Iwata. "By
integrating them, we can be unique. And because we have hardware and software
developers in the same building, they stimulate each other."
While the future of the Wii U is cloudy - especially given its recent sales - but one thing is clear: if
Nintendo exits the home console business, it won't go willingly.
TakeAt this point, I'm very skeptical that the Wii U can recover and become a
successful console. However, I think that Mr. Iwata is correct in many
respects. Although they frustrate me at times, you can't argue with the success
that Nintendo has had over the years, and I think that it's due in no small
part to the fact that they control their own hardware and have consistently
shown the ability to make the best games for their own systems. With the 3DS
selling well, it's possible that the company could survive even a complete
failure of the Wii U and still live to fight another day in the console
business. However, the system after Wii U better not miss. I'm rooting for them
- as strange as some of its decisions seem to me, I can't imagine a
console business without Nintendo. Also, chasing multiplatform dollars has
hardly transformed Sega into a mega-publisher.
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As long as I'm in Japan, and they don't have region-free in their future, Nintendo consoles won't play a major role in mine.
I don't really care for any of the Nintendo exclusives, as the only ones I've ever played were a few of the OG Marios, but I'm pretty sure if Nintendo tried, they could make a console on par with MS and Sony.
If they did that, the other two would be in deep ****. They've got well loved exclusives and aren't afraid to innovate when it comes to tech.
That being said, I don't think we have to worry about the WiiU failing. Just give them a little more time to get some first party titles out on it, grow the install base, and the third parties will come back. Now, please, do an article on the state of the Vita. If any console is failing, it's that one. Damn shame. It's a nice piece of tech.
Their biggest exclusives haven't even come out yet and people are saying it is going to fail. Its not going to sell well until games like Zelda and SSBros come to the system. I bet sales will pick up in 2014 maybe even 2013 once the big games nintendo has rolls out.
And I agree with Iwata on this point, why would they anyway ? No seriously ? Think deeply about it....
But on the other hand I absolutely do not agree with the region looking s****
I want to give him a tap on the back of his head just for that...
Whether or not the wii U is ever successful nintendo dominates the hand held market. I don't see why they would need to go to multiplatform developement.
I believe Iwata and Nintendo as a whole display an unwavering integrity that is unmatched in the business. They remain true to their vision of what makes a great company and keep a sort of confidence that allows them to control situations that would put most anyone else out of business. Their not infallible, and time will only tell if the Wii U can find success, but they've betrayed our expectations many times before. If they do go down, it won't be without the fond memory and well-deserved respect of its fans.
I support this. I mean, the Wii-U is going slow, but they have openly explained why their titles were delay and said that they underestimated the workload of developing games on an HD console. At least they aren't making excuses and blaming someone else.
Once they have shown everyone that their magic still exists in their software, things will look up. I am a fairly early Wii-U adopter and am excited for what is around the corner.
I got a little excited just thinking how awesome it would be if I could buy a Mario or Zelda game for my 360. It's also crazy to imagine how many games they'd sell if those games were multiplatform.
Then I realized how sad it would be to see Nintendo leave the console business, I agree with Matt...I can't even imagine it. But I think the Wii U will bounce back by next holiday season with all the games they have planned for release between now and then.
nintendo is probably the only company that can bounce back from this kind of situation. im not making any judgements on nintendo at this point because some of their exclusive games have yet to release, games that can make a difference in sales. until those games come out i think people should keep their mouths shut and just watch what happens, especially the people that are saying nintendo should give up and sell their software to other consoles!
They'll do just fine. They'll make another console after this. Even if they stopped making home consoles (which will never happen), they will always own the handheld arena.
They'll be fine. Just got power through this storm.