"We Saw That With SEGA Back In The Day"
Having worked for ten years as EA's Chief Creative Officer before accepting board positions at Ngmoco and Zynga, Bing Gordon knows a thing or two about videogames. Which is potentially bad news for Nintendo, since he reckons that they're headed the way of SEGA: software developers without a console to call their own.
That said, the results could be "stunningly cool" for all concerned.
“I think Nintendo’s already on track to become primarily a software company,” Gordon told Gamesindustry. “We saw that with Sega back in the day; Sega made some missteps and became primarily a software company.”
In contrast with SEGA, Gordon believes that Nintendo haven't actually made any major "missteps," but external factors like the rise of Apple devices and mobile gaming are putting pressure on the traditional company. Rather than butting heads, the ex-EA man is convinved that a partnership of sorts could be "stunningly cool," and benefit everyone - gamers included.
"Apple’s most directly competitive with Nintendo," Gordon explained. "So far, when Miyamoto makes a perfect game, in his career he makes games worth $200 – it’s worth buying a system for. I think the handheld is going to be under a lot of pressure. I can imagine a day when Nintendo wonders – and maybe it’s generational change – when Nintendo wonders if they ought to take some of their best games and make them apps.”
“Neither Apple or Nintendo – both those companies like control – is likely to want a partnership, but a partnership would be stunningly cool. I think if you’re Nintendo, as long as Miyamoto’s coming to work, you can sustain a proprietary platform. He’s that good," Gordon concluded.
Nintendo's newest console, the Wii U, is slated to launch in time for Christmas - and the proof will be in the playing. With mobile and tablet gaming on the rise, could you see a software-only future for Nintendo, dear reader?