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Success is on the cards for Nintendo

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Just Another Commentator

I would be happy to see Nintendo revise a staid market, but I have strong doubts about it's prospects. As you mention in your article, Nintendo's model has been: innovation above all else, even at the cost of game quality and quantity. Because Nintendo's platforms often lag behind Sony and Microsoft in terms of hardware specs large developers have completely abandoned the brand. Skyrim, a wildly popular game on multiple platforms which originally release in 2011 only arrived for Nintendo users this year. During the game cube days Sony and Microsoft were rolling out a new version of the hit Dance Dance Revolution featuring hip pop songs every few months. Nintendo managed only DDR Mario Mix, a derivative version with few songs easily completed in a couple hours, long after the hype had died down.

It is true that Nintendo does not gear its offerings to the 'hardcore gamer,' but that limits its marketability and it's lack of titles (games for the Switch take up barely a fifth of the space of Xbox or Sony in games stores) means that the fun is often quickly exhausted. Finally, much of this could be corrected by leveraging the buried nostalgia its massive library of classic games. However, there is little chance of that. While Xbox and Sony offer backwards compatibility with their old systems, every new Nintendo system remains incapable of playing the old systems' games.

There is much to like and to laud about Nintendo's innovation, but it's long since time it took a few pages out of its rivals handbooks. Trying to reinvent the wheel with every new generation leads down a path of obsolescence. One more console flop and it will probably have too few fans left to recover.

Kremilek2

I liked the original wii. It was fantastic in playing tennis or golf. So I wish Nintendo a lot of success with its new device. Maybe I will have someone to play with...