PlayStation UK's managing director Fergal Gara has gone on record stating that a declining Nintendo might affect the market with regards to younger audiences. After all, nobody can deny that a significant portion of video gamers got started with their love for gaming on a Nintendo system. Whether your first adventure was saving the princess in Donkey Kong or embarking on a journey with your Pikachu in Pokemon, many gamers can say everything started with a red N.
With franchises like God of War and Uncharted being major PlayStation sellers, Sony doesn't really focus on making games for kids like Nintendo. Picking up the slack Nintendo might leave behind is a challenge Gara feels is worth taking on:
“That is the challenge to us. We need to bring maybe more family-friendly, more casual experiences into the market. I think there’s a big market segment there that we should take the challenge to engage and I see lots of potential to do that.”
If there's no Mario or Pikachu to captivate kids, there will be many that may never pick up a video game. Not only that, but we may have never seen the Move or Kinect if it weren't for the over 100 million Wii systems out there. A world without Nintendo games isn't a pleasant thought to entertain. We've already lost SEGA from the hardware world. At least their classics are on Steam, but it wouldn't feel right to play Mega Man or Super Mario Bros with a keyboard should that become our only option.