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There is a good chance if you're reading this you either
have some variant of the Playstation or Xbox...but the odds are less likely you
have a Wii U. This is just a simple observation based on the sales numbers and
statistics that get published semi-regularly. We recently learned the Wii U
sales numbers are worse than expected and how Nintendo really is suffering huge
financial losses. It's easy to dismiss the news as unimportant if you don't have any of the
Nintendo consoles or handheld gaming devices. I mean, if you don't have any of their
devices and you're not buying any of their games, why should you care?
Maybe you shouldn't.
But maybe you should.
Most of us know a little bit about Nintendo's history. Yes,
they've been in business a long time and yes, they used to have other interests
besides video games, like producing handmade flower (hanafuda) cards. It was in
the 1970s when they made the transition into the video game industry, where
they have been one of the major corporations ever since.
Did you know Nintendo
was founded in 1889?
Yes...eighteen eighty nine. One Eight One Nine. 1889.
Do you know what else
happened in 1889?
Feb 22nd - US President Cleveland signs bill to admit
Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union
Mar 4th - Benjamin Harrison inaugurated as 23rd president
Apr 1st - First dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)
Apr 6th - George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st
May 30th - Brassier invented
Jul 8th - Wall Street Journal begins publishing
Oct 6th - Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture
Nov 17th - Union Pacific begins daily through service,
Chicago-Portland & SF
Oh...and who could forget...
Sep 23rd - Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited)
founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game
Nintendo has been there since the beginning of gaming. Not
just for me, but for all of us. I've been a gamer for decades, and Nintendo has
been there every step of the way. I've had every flavor of consoles and
handheld gaming device. They might not be my favorites, and they might not be
the ones I play the most. But I have certainly supported them over the years
and enjoyed their games. I'm even one of the ones that purchased a Wii U. I can't
imagine a world without Nintendo, and I don't really think it will ever come to
that. But I do think their financial struggles can and will result in decisions
that will influence the entire video game industry. I doubt Nintendo would ever
partner with Microsoft or Sony to publish Mario or Donkey Kong or Zelda games
on any console other than a Nintendo branded console, so what does that mean?
What can they do? It means a lot of the games and properties they own could be delayed...or worse, they might not get made.
They're truly in a difficult position. They need to make
money. So, they could cancel projects and recoup any money budgeted to that
project - but then they're not going to make any money from new games sales.
Or, they could press on with some of the big name titles they have in the works
- invest the money and fund the projects...and hope they turn huge profit
Now the good news is Nintendo is loaded. If you believe
Wikipedia, they are (or were) the world's largest video game company by
revenue; its Japan's third most valuable company; and they have a market value
of $85 billion dollars. So, I don't know that we should start a fund drive (or
Kickstarter project) to save Nintendo just yet...but it's still concerning and
not something to quickly dismiss.
Here is the hard part for me to reconcile. I can't do anything
to help them. And chances are, you can't either. I have and continue to check
the titles available on the Wii U. Every time I go to GameStop I look at (or
should I say for...it's usually a very small space) the Wii U selection and
always walk away disappointed. How can I help Nintendo and the Wii U when there
aren't any new games for me to purchase? Yes, I know...some are coming - some are
on the horizon. And I'm excited for them. And I will buy them (or some of them)...but
will it be too little too late?
Nintendo has a long road ahead. This path to being on the
forefront of all the headlines for all the wrong reasons didn't happen
overnight - it's been building over time. And unfortunately this long road to prosperity
is going to take a long time to traverse. I'm ready and willing to help, but
you're going to have to produce something for me to purchase first (and yes,
don't worry...I'm already planning on giving you money for the new Mario Kart
Good luck Nintendo...I'm pulling for you.
1889...that is freaking amazing.