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.
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?