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Should Nintendo 'do a SEGA' and ditch the console market in favour of becoming a publisher with an extremely talented bunch of in-house devs?

MattGardner |  Aug. 31, 2011 at 16:53

Spawning from a Twitter exchange earlier today I rather thought I'd put this one to the community on here as well. What do you think? Will the Wii U be any good? Do Nintendo still have what it takes to innovate and change the landscape of gaming hardware? Or would they be better served concentrating on the games once again and delivering innovation through design as they once did?

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prabwig  Aug. 31, 2011 at 19:16


the wii is the biggest selling current generation console
(117mil vs 50m for xbox)

the ds is the biggest selling current generation handheld console.

JonLester  Aug. 31, 2011 at 19:32

IMO Ninty's current problem is a distinct lack of first party software (for both the Wii and 3DS)... which doesn't segue well into software-only development.

However, I'm a little worried about the Wii U's new hardcore focus. The Wii was an absolute masterstroke that became the second console in every home, but the jury's out on whether Nintendo can actually turn the market from a two horse race back into a three horse race.

Hopefully we'll receive some raw specs during their pre-TGS briefing.

jackpepsi  Aug. 31, 2011 at 19:36

I'd love for that to happen but as prabwig points out why the hell would they do that based on recent performance. I suspect they would need more than a couple of real major console flops before that's even a debate.

But then I look at technology like OnLive - if a service such as that ever became standard for console gamers, well what choice would they have?

gunnx  Aug. 31, 2011 at 21:14

I hope not, I'm still a believer that different hardware drives innovation. I think it would be a bland world if every game was developed on one system. In fact I'd like SEGA to come back to the hardware scene

StolenDiagram  Sep. 1, 2011 at 14:47

I'm personally undecided on whether or not Nintendo should go the way of Sega. That said, their recent blunder with the 3DS has proven that they aren't the untouchable powerhouse that they once were - brand power no longer guarantees safety.

That being said, I have often called this very real possibility of them dropping out of the console development market, whether by choice or force and their future depends on the Wii-U. Pricing and release window both need to be taken into account - release it too far off Christmas and/or at a price point that eclipses that of the Xbox 360 (afterall, the console only matches the strength of the existing HD consoles, it doesn't exceed it by all reports) and you have a problem on your hands.

ShaunnyB  Sep. 1, 2011 at 16:41

Games aren't really Nineties domain, although quality is. That's what won them over fans against Sega, but Sega indisputably have the greatest classic games catelog of all time. With that as their legacy, it's confuses me why Sega aren't doing better in the game dev market. I don't think Ninety would bode well on other gaming consoles, particularly with quirky titles that use their unique hardware... then again, they could inspire some innovation in usage of the new movement detection hardware.


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