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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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Even though I haven't owned a Nintendo console in over a decade, and I still have a DS Lite for handheld, I would still be sad if Nintendo became obsolete. I hope Nintendo can pull through and really wow us before it's too late, and honestly, I think "too late" is a LONG ways away. Yeah, they haven't really been that impressive lately, but they've still got quite a bit of fight left in them, so I'm not prepared to completely write them off just yet!
Could be worse Nintendo could've made surface, Zune, or the PSP Go. All of them did not live up to expectations
Nintendo will never go obsolete. They will always dominate in handhelds and mobile gaming will never replace handheld gaming. As for the Wii U it will get better after Wind Waker HD,Super Smash Bros,and Mario Kart 8 come out. I think the price cut will definitely help.
Uh yeah...we have one, but the games aren't there and they are not staying competitive with Xbox or Playstation.
My son and I will be getting one of the other systems to get games we really want to play.
Ninty's always dominated the hand held market and the DS line continues to sell like hotcakes, but he's right about Ninty's hand held gaming market potentially giving way to multiapp phone and tablet devices. The WiiU continues to collect dust, and console gaming is Ninty's biggest potential point of failure. Nintendo isn't looking to re-capture the hardcore market any time soon and the U continues to go unnoticed even by the fisherprice gamers that made its predecessor so successful. I fear Ninty's at a turning point and they need to adjust course or they do risk slipping [further] into irrelevancy. Besides, take it from Nolan who is the definitive expert on becoming irrelevant in the video game industry. If anyone knows more on the subject of irrelevancy it's video game's original grandfather of irrelevancy.
This is all one big attempt by, sony, and microsoft, to keep nintendo down a little bit.I have an x box 360 and a wii u. The graphics on the wii u are, OMG, better than the x box360. Much love for both, but this thing is truly the first of the next gen. It runs all the next gen engines. Absolutly the most beutifull games. Injustice looks unbelivable. They act like its 360 level. WRONG!!!!!