Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Nintendo Looks to Future with NX and Mobile

It's been a wild couple of months for things over at Nintendo. The gaming icons have revealed the death of one console, the birth of another, and big news for several of its largest IPs. What remains to be seen is what effects these developments will have for the future of the company. There had been more than a few rumors that a major announcement concerning Nintendo's latest console was forthcoming and the company did not disappoint. The Nintendo NX has been given a release date of March 2017, which is much sooner than many had expected. With profits down 61%, Nintendo needed to do something to right the sinking ship and they needed to do it fast. And beyond the new console, the company has been pushing its mobile gaming projects.

The Wii U failed to perform as expected and came nowhere near to the success of the original Wii. As of this writing, the Wii U has shipped a scant 12.8 million units compared to more than 100 million Wii consoles. To compare the performance of the Wii U to the other consoles of the current generation, the PlayStation 4 has shipped nearly 40 million units with the Xbox One having moved about half of that with about 20 million. It should also be noted that the Wii U hit the market almost a full year before either of the competitor consoles. Sales-wise, it has been a failure by all accounts. Given the lackluster sales and the need to move on to new projects, there are reports that Nintendo will cease production of the Wii U by March 2018.

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has expressed his confidence that the NX will be much more successful while also looking toward the mobile and smart device market to help make up the difference. One blog reports that during the company's recent financial results briefing, Kimishima described Nintendo's goal to make "the smart device business a pillar of profit" for the future. Nintendo has already started to dip its toes into the mobile market with the introduction of Miitomo, a social gaming platform, along with an additional four games planned by March 2017. The mobile market is big business, with market revenue reaching $34.9 billion in 2015, so it comes as no surprise that Nintendo is trying to get a piece of the multi-billion dollar pie.

Nintendo aren't the only ones looking toward the mobile market for a much-needed additional revenue stream. Other legendary companies such as Marvel have been taking advantage of the marketplace with their own offerings. The comic book titan has not only developed popular games such as Marvel Heroes 2016 and Contest of Champions but has also been licensing its iconic cast of characters to this platform in an effort to reach even more fans. Marvel has lent out the likenesses of heroes such as Iron-Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and more to a range of casual titles based on classic games like slots and roulette. If Nintendo were to take a similar approach to Mario and Luigi or even third-tier IPs such as Pikmin—why not throw Mario and his cronies on a slot reel?—it could be a substantial source of revenue for the company. And right now, Nintendo needs all the help it can get. 

There's still plenty of time for Nintendo to turn things around and we're confident that company will be able to do just that. With a new entry around the corner for the Zelda franchise and plenty of news left to be revealed for the NX, we'll be hearing a lot from Nintendo during the next year. We also fully expect them to recover in the way they always have, with innovative technology and above all, great games.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Nintendo President says Wii U Support is Over

Wii U already no longer the focus for the rest of 2016, only the 3DS. I really admire and respect the new Nintendo president's very direct leadership. There is no sugarcoating the rest of 2016 for Wii U.

Nintendo NX 2017 March Madness!


Nintendo is making sure that the NX has quality software at launch so March 2017 is the time frame. However what are Nintendo fans supposed to play on Wii U from April 2016 to March 2017 besides Paper Mario?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Nintendo - Relevance Unmatched?

The reason that Nintendo has the highest rated and highest selling exclusive software in the industry is not a coincidence.

Wii U and 3DS Sales: Link to results

PS4 and Xbox One sales figures I mentioned in the video are from Vgchartz, feel free to look them up to compare.Nintendo fans, let me know how you feel about this news and how you think Nintendo is going to do in the coming future with the NX prospects?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Nintendo NX - 2016 A Bad Choice Now?

My thoughts on recent comments about how Nintendo releasing the NX in 2016 could be a bad choice for business.Thanks for all your support guys, you are overwhelming me with all the emails, comments and support. I truly appreciate it. So in regards to this info should Nintendo wait for NX until 2017 or should Nintendo drop the NX in 2016? You know how I feel on this...let me know what you think!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Nintendo NX - Dev Kit Rumors & Games Discussion

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nintendo NX - Video Chat Patent

Nintendo has Patented something that goes far beyond simple video chatting with friends. What do you guys think about this? With the Wii U's difficult interface to interact with friends and no voice chat or on screen notifications this Facial Recognition Video Chat patent might solve a lot of the current problems with communication on the NX.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nintendo NX - Project Elea Port Announced

Indie Developer Kyodia has announced their interest to port this Unreal Engine 4 powered to game to the NX. We might be seeing more and more games like this announced from Indie developers as time moves forward for the NX reveal. If they all have a quality look like this one, I will be very interested!