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Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, hasn't fared well on store shelves, and a lot of gaming enthusiasts seem more focused on the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but does that mean Nintendo could soon be irrelevant? Industry luminary, Nolan Bushnell thinks so.
In an interview with the BBC, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell said, "I don't think handheld game-only devices make sense anymore. Not when you have an iPod or an Android microtablet. When it comes to the console market, I think the market is truncating. Nintendo always had a soft spot for young people - they sort of did the 12-and-under pretty well, and the other guys did the 12-and-over. And now I think the other [consoles] are good enough on those things, and the rush to upgrade from the 12-and-under is not nearly as important."
[Source: BBC News]
Our TakeIt's true that Nintendo's Wii U has failed to live up to sales expectations, and Nintendo's relevance in the handheld market also seems to be waning. I don't want to say I agree with Bushnell, but Nintendo does face some very serious challenges in the next few years. I'd hate to see Ninendo become obsolete, because they've been an integral part of the gaming landscape for decades, but the industry has continued to evolve and Nintendo rarely keeps pace with modern innovations. Sure the company is innovative in it's own way, but the Wii U hasn't caught enough interest to justify its production. I hope Nintendo has a few surprises up it's sleeve for the next year, because I still want to believe that Nintendo is a champ that can climb back to the top.
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Nintendo is a TOY company, not a GAME company
Yeah, because I want grit and indies all the time. That sounds like a fun gaming life.
And I have an iPad mini, and it's crap for gaming. Limited space, crap controls, and nothing but microtransactions. My 3DS gets more attention from me than a lot of my gaming other consoles and PC right now, and though it's a "portable system" doesn't mean I don't play it heavily at home. I appreciate the fact that I can play full-blown JRPGs and other fantastic, lengthy games from my lofted bed.
How many people are going to keep spouting that Nintendo is on its way out? PC gaming won't die, nor will Nintendo. It's just another round of unbacked prophecies.
If anyone is an expert on being totally irrelevant, it's Nolan Bushnell.
Nintendo is still king of the handheld. They need to expand their online store so that you can purchase more of their library, including gba and original ds games.
as long as they have mario and zelda, i doubt it, but they are BS when it ocmes to mp, and other features that were last generation for sony and microsoft...
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Bull. Nintendo is not hurting money-wise, and many people-myself included-greatly enjoy their consoles and games, and I personally look forward to their future products.
What do you mean Nintendo's relevance in the handheld market is waning? There's so much hype behind Pokemon X and Y that I only see their handheld dominance rising. Mr. Bushnell here is just another Nintendo doomsayer — none of which have been correct so far — in my eyes.
"Industry luminary". Pffft.
No company is too big to fail. It doesn't matter what they once did. That is the problem with America today with all these dumb bailouts of Chevy and Chrysler. They need to adapt and change to survive. If they don't then they will fail and be replaced by company that can. That is capitalism. These safety nets are hurting the free market and not allowing other small businesses to become big and replace the ones that don't know how to adapt and survive. The American dream is that anyone can make it big and become successful, but with these "too big to fail" companies we are not allowing that. We are not capitalist right now and that is why people are hurting. If Nintendo can't adapt, they will fail.
Has anybody remembered those games that Nintendo showed at E3 and Nintendo Direct? Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Super Smash Bros. should sell fairly easy when they come out,so just have a little more patience. The other games will appease our appetite until the entree comes.