Neoseeker : News : Nintendo mulls new business model after forecasting annual loss
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canderson Jan 17, 14
I never considered the 3DS a powerhouse. Sales are decent, but are showing signs of decline.

Reducing the forecast by damn near 70% is pretty disastrous. I'm just not sure if Iwata is the guy that will turn this company around.

I do hope they look into smart devices in the future.
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Mikau Kahn Jan 17, 14
Nintendo, check yourself before you wreck yourself. Just get some good first party games out on the Wii U. The 3DS is enough for mobile play, stay away from the smart devices.
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Slash Jan 17, 14
For smart devices I have a feeling they'll end up doing something similar to what Sony is doing.
I doubt they'll release full games on it, like Square,Capcom,etc.



quote Mikau Kahn
Just get some good first party games out on the Wii U.
Pffttt you mean forget about the WiiU. Focus all your first party games on the 3DS.
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Huntereb Jan 17, 14
I got a Wii U for Chrisy-mas, so this is a bit saddening for me.

The reason people aren't buying their products and buying competitors is because they need to better attract the "Hardcore" gamers, and not completely associate themselves with child-side of gaming (Attracting younger, soft-core audiences).

EDIT: Also, we need some *bleep*ing Mario Kart on the Wii U. Come on Nintendo!!
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BlackLabel Jan 17, 14
Don't do anything you'll regret Nintendo. The second you launch Pokemon on Android and iOS is the second your handheld division becomes irrelevant. Think about this business model a bit before diving in head first.
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THM Jan 17, 14
To turn the tide, Nintendo needs to re-model the Wii U console, sell it at the cheapest price to compete with PS4 or XBone.

(P.S. Bring 'Contra' on 3DS )
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canderson Jan 17, 14
As for the 3DS, they also need to drop the price of the 3DS software. It was a mistake to increase the price to $40.
3DS may have been number 1 in hardware sales for December, but software sells are pretty mediocre overall.
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Heartlesswithaheart Jan 17, 14
I have a few ideas on how to make the Wii Nii sell better.

First, it needs a better name. The Wii was bad enough, but the Wii U is a worse name, since it's the second Wii. This opens it up to being joked as the Wii 2, which, in Japanese, is Wii Nii, which makes it a terrible choice back in English. Hilarious, but terrible. Anyway, I've seen many people mistake it for just an add-on for the Wii, rather than its own thing. And I don't work in retail.

Second, Mario is becoming way, way too common. Instead of having one, high-quality "main" Mario title on a console, we're getting flooded with them. New Super Mario Bros. U, Luigi U, Super Mario 3D World... This is without getting into the flood of handheld Mario games, but that's nothing new.

Third, "New" Super Mario Bros. games are a step down from Mario titles before them. If we wanted 2D Mario, we could just buy them on Virtual Console. They aren't that different. Focus on full 3D titles instead.

Fourth, a new Metroid game would help sales in the west. There hasn't been a game since Prime 3, which sold well, so I don't understand why there isn't another one.

Fifth, make a Paper Mario game for the Wii Nii. But make it GOOD, like the original or Thousand Year Door. No Super Paper Mario, and especially none of the terrible load of crap that is Sticker Star. After that, don't make another Paper Mario until the next console, so the series isn't made to be just another Mario series.

Someone translate this to Japanese and send it to Nintendo.
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Mikau Kahn Jan 17, 14
canderson, I think $40 is totally acceptable. I wouldn't mind if it was $45.
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Slash Jan 17, 14
Metroid isn't going to move units. Prime 3 which was on the Wii with a install base of 100m, was only able to sell about 1.75m and ended up bombing in Japan. Other M also sold only about 1.25m.
Also if 2D/3D Mario weren't able to convince people to buy a WiiU, I doubt people will pick it up for Mario rpg spinoff.
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canderson Jan 17, 14
Yeah, I'll never understood those who mentioned how Metroid and especially Star Fox and F-Zero will shift units, the latter two possibly being the worst Nintendo franchises, in terms of sales. Pointless to create games of those two series right now.

Sadly, pretty much every first party title that comes out will be the lowest selling game of that particular franchise.
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BanishedJoker Jan 17, 14
i cant help but feel bad for Nintendo. I grew up with this company and its frustrating to see them make bad decision after bad decision. WAKE UP NINTENDO!!!
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tekmosis Jan 17, 14
Like EA and BF4, I hope share holders sue Nintendo for this. I hope they can some how get Iwata to resign and bring in someone who's competent and doesn't keep telling us "please understand". Uguuu I'm so salty.
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Aevers Jan 18, 14
I honestly have no idea what they're going to do with the Wii U at this point. Just pray to the nine divines that Donkey Kong and Super Smash Brothers 4 rope in giant crowds (although I know it won't happen with Donkey Kong, and Super Smash Brothers 4 doesn't exactly seem like it'll be as much of a game changer to the console war as Metal Gear Solid 4 was) while hoping that Bayonetta 2 and X get more specific, smaller crowds? And what about after that? Hope for something like The Last Of Us?

It'd be a really shitty idea to discontinue it now because that'll piss off consumers more than they're being pissed off right now.

quote Heartlesswithaheart
Second, Mario is becoming way, way too common. Instead of having one, high-quality "main" Mario title on a console, we're getting flooded with them. New Super Mario Bros. U, Luigi U, Super Mario 3D World... This is without getting into the flood of handheld Mario games, but that's nothing new.

Third, "New" Super Mario Bros. games are a step down from Mario titles before them. If we wanted 2D Mario, we could just buy them on Virtual Console. They aren't that different. Focus on full 3D titles instead.

YES YES YES YES THIS OH SO VERY *bleep*ING MUCH HOLY SHIT IWATA (or is this Shiggy's doing) WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING AT THIS POINT?!?!?! DON'T YOU REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO MEGA MAN AND GUITAR HERO!?!?
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