Are Nintendo going to fall?

 

By Posted 19 Sep 2011, 10:18

There was a time when Nintendo were among the best for bringing out games that appealed to many gamers. It wasn’t a case of having the best graphics the titles appealed mainly for their game play, and appealed to a variety of gamers including the hardcore ones. But times have changed and in many people’s eyes the company has lost its way a bit of late, and is making some wonder are Nintendo going to fall?

Years ago Nintendo with its consoles were a favorite among hardcore gamers, but with the release of the Wii targeted a wider fan base. This proved to be highly successful at first as the console with its motion controllers where at the time a totally new experience for gamers. Now though many gamers don’t use the Wii anymore if they still have one, and GameJudgement are wondering if Nintendo’s downfall is imminent.

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Despite the fact Nintendo managed to gain many new customers with the Wii, most hardcore gamers spend their time on the PS3 or Xbox 360. The company is trying to bring such consumers back trouble is at the moment it’s not working. The Nintendo 3DS was launched to much fanfare but it failed to inspire gamers, which wasn’t helped with a weak lineup of games at launch.

Currently there is really only The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D worth having even though it is a remake. Starfox 3DS could have been a great title, but for some reason Nintendo decided not to include online multiplayer. Old franchises are being refreshed for the device but there don’t seem to be many new and exciting releases.

This brings us the next year’s big launch the new Wii U, which looks to be lost on hardcore gamers yet again. Admittedly not much is really known about the device and could yet still prove to be a massive success. We have wondered before if Nintendo could eventually follow what Sega did and just concentrated on releasing titles.

The 3DS could yet prove to be a major success now the price has come down, even though there are many who feel the PS Vita will be the final nail in the consoles coffin. Do you think that Nintendo needs to concentrate on hardcore gamers, or can quite easily survive with a different audience?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Harrison/100000721550536 Tom Harrison

    The Wii is their first successful console since the SNES. I’d have been more prepared to predict Nintendos doom after the Gamecube fell flat. I’m a hardcore gamer who has a PS3, I bought a Wii on release day then sold it because the games didn’t appeal to me, but seriously I know loads of people with a Wii who don’t game otherwise, particularily girls.

  • Thomas Rocco

    I have been saying Nintendo will eventually go the way of Sega for years. It really is just a matter of time. They always have a awesome launch on a new system but never back it up with games, they keep recycling the same crap games, I mean how many times can you beat Zelda and the Ocarina of time? Nintendo needs to appeal to more gamers, cause the casual players are not enough to keep them alive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1581638598 Tylor Ray Gallagher

      i think its inportent to bring your stock to each system, some times its ok to tweek things or up the graphics but think if apple had a new set of apps for each iphone/ipad they wouldent sell well at all. and now with being able to buy things from the cloud you can have access to that stock of old games. HOW EVER they should always focus on new games rether then market old ones. 

  • Thomas Rocco

    I have been saying Nintendo will eventually go the way of Sega for years. It really is just a matter of time. They always have a awesome launch on a new system but never back it up with games, they keep recycling the same crap games, I mean how many times can you beat Zelda and the Ocarina of time? Nintendo needs to appeal to more gamers, cause the casual players are not enough to keep them alive.

  • Abertdertbertdertdert

    This is dumb. Nintendo will rake in boatloads of money on 3DS (which by the way, is selling better than the DS was at this time in it’s life, which went on to become the best selling handheld of all time) and the Wii U, and then you’ll feel like an idiot again

  • Abertdertbertdertdert

    This is dumb. Nintendo will rake in boatloads of money on 3DS (which by the way, is selling better than the DS was at this time in it’s life, which went on to become the best selling handheld of all time) and the Wii U, and then you’ll feel like an idiot again

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabriel-Paredes/1404665881 Gabriel Paredes

    game over for nintendo, at least has a hardware deeloper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-John-Hoffman/1037300586 Andrew John Hoffman

    Nintendo is still great but lag time between release of 3G device and Mario games release has been appallingly bad-no excuses.

  • QuitHatin

    Anyone who says “I’ve been waiting for Nintendo to go the way Sega did for years” is obviously not observant. If you knee anything then you would know that Nintendo has sold more Wiis than Ps3 and 360 more Ds than Psp. So what are you talking about? I’m pretty sure that if you live in an urban or suburban area then about 20 people in a five mile radius have a Wii in their house. If you don’t like Wii games then thats fine everyone is entitled to their opinion, but don’t say they are going to fail like Sega. Hardly anyone bought a Dreamcast. Millions and millions have bought a Wii, and when Wii U comes out boasting a large array of “hardcore” games including one from Crytek. If you dont know then get educated, then post something once you know. Haters gonna hate.

  • QuitHatin

    Anyone who says “I’ve been waiting for Nintendo to go the way Sega did for years” is obviously not observant. If you knee anything then you would know that Nintendo has sold more Wiis than Ps3 and 360 more Ds than Psp. So what are you talking about? I’m pretty sure that if you live in an urban or suburban area then about 20 people in a five mile radius have a Wii in their house. If you don’t like Wii games then thats fine everyone is entitled to their opinion, but don’t say they are going to fail like Sega. Hardly anyone bought a Dreamcast. Millions and millions have bought a Wii, and when Wii U comes out boasting a large array of “hardcore” games including one from Crytek. If you dont know then get educated, then post something once you know. Haters gonna hate.

    • Smalley1992

      wtf is the point in the Wii U? Only 50% more powerful than a PS3 (from some web research I found this) that is pretty bad for the past 5 years :/. Think how much regular computers have advanced in the past 5 years. And this controller :S what where they thinking. Am sure you seen the Vita remote play feature basically doing the Wii Us party piece but alot better.

      The fact Wii sold more is because millions of families bought a Wii as it was ‘fun’….. for a hour. This time around they will not buy a Wii U as their current Wii is is gathering dust so they presume this one will too. They will go and buy their kids a PS3/Xbox instead. 

      3DS, 3D is still a gimic, so basing a whole handheld on that fact seems pretty stupid :S I’ve played on one a few time and the 3D effect is their for about 10 seconds till I move my eyes slightly not to mention the headache issues everyone having. 

      Vita main aim is PS3 on the move, with gimicy touch and AR to appeal to more people, 2 analogue is an amazing decision why? Call of duty (i hate cod btw) and other FPSs. Think of all those 12 year olds that are thinking “OMG i can play COD at school iixXOwNZZXxii”, and the normal players. 

  • QuitHatin

    Anyone who says “I’ve been waiting for Nintendo to go the way Sega did for years” is obviously not observant. If you knee anything then you would know that Nintendo has sold more Wiis than Ps3 and 360 more Ds than Psp. So what are you talking about? I’m pretty sure that if you live in an urban or suburban area then about 20 people in a five mile radius have a Wii in their house. If you don’t like Wii games then thats fine everyone is entitled to their opinion, but don’t say they are going to fail like Sega. Hardly anyone bought a Dreamcast. Millions and millions have bought a Wii, and when Wii U comes out boasting a large array of “hardcore” games including one from Crytek. If you dont know then get educated, then post something once you know. Haters gonna hate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1581638598 Tylor Ray Gallagher

    nintendo is not going any ware and having the wii u only opens up more doors, if the developers are excited to make games for it then their well be grate games for it. its next gen, its thinking ahead its cetching up AND it well one day probably have cloud gaming, which is not a BIG deal for me but its nice to have options. HOW EVER i would like the tablet controller to have OLED and multitouch with a digitizer stylus. as for being a “intertainment device” they more need to focus on what kind of content they can bring out side of gaming. like skype and full web browser.