Nintendo looking at new business structure, Iwata not resigning 
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Zoe Hawkins
January 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

New improved mona

You know how Gavin said that Microsoft threw away their advantage gained from Xbox 360? Well, Nintendo has done far worse – after the massive success of the Wii, the Wii U has been a major flop. Now, Nintendo needs to re-evaluate their business.

Nintendo slashed sales expectation for the Wii U, going from a forecast of 9 to 2.8 million units. Wow, that had to hurt. In fact, instead of the advised ¥100B ($9.6 million / R104.5 million) profit, Nintendo has advised investors that it expects to see an operating loss of ¥35B ($33.6 million / R3 64.9 million). Wow, that’s a huge difference. It’s no wonder that Nintendo had to negate rumors that Satoru Iwata would resign:

There will be no major management shake-up in the short term

Iwata should be glad he isn’t working for a Chinese or North Korean organization that would demand more than just his resignation. However, Nintendo does need to change what they’re doing – and they know it. They are considering a new business structure as they “cannot continue a business without winning”:

We must take a skeptical approach whether we can still simply make game players, offer them in the same way as in the past for 20,000 yen or 30,000 yen, and sell titles for a couple of thousand yen each

[...] Given the expansion of smart devices, we are naturally studying how smart devices can be used to grow the game-player business. It’s not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone.

Things have not been going well for the Wii U – sales turned up towards the end of the year, but still not nearly enough to restore faith in the floundering console. People have been foretelling Nintendo’s demise since the N64; are we seeing the end of Nintendo’s console business, or will this just be yet another bump in the road? I still believe the gaming industry needs Nintendo – it caters to a specific audience and helps bridge the gap between new/casual and hardcore gamers. Plus, some of the games they produce are truly fantastic – just look at Wii U’s Pikmin and Mario offerings. I hope Nintendo finds a way through this that doesn’t see them relegated to pure software developers, especially if that software ends up only being on mobile devices.

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • TiMsTeR1033

    It is rather simple to fix Nintendo

    1.Make Mario on all consoles
    2.Make Mario on all consoles
    3.Make all other Nintendo games on all other consoles.

    The simple 3 step rule can save Nintendo

    • Sageville

      Nah~!

      SELL, SELL, SELL!

    • DrKiller

      Pokemon will be a bigger selling point ;-)

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    Dat duckface

    • Hammersteyn

      More like a platypus face

  • Hammersteyn

    I still say they need a MMO Pokemon game on the WIIU. Travel the world, battle other players,visit gyms and catch all the damn pokemon. Either that or drum up some damn decent third party support.

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      so, SO true! that would ship consoles like nothing else!

      • Mike
        • Umar Break Dancing Cyborg

          Perfect!!

        • VampyricSquirrel Monk

          HAHAHAHA!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          That is a winner right there!

        • Hammersteyn

          LOL

        • Kensei Seraph

          I honestly thought it’d be HL3.

          • Unavengedavo

            “hoped” there, I fixed it for you…

    • Kensei Seraph

      Players could join a gym or even found their own gym and then fight other gyms, defend their own gym and work their way up to being the gym leader.

      • Hammersteyn

        That would be awesome

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Why am I picturing a gym-based game where you have to klap it with the boets? Who is the greatest lifter of them all bro?

  • Umar Break Dancing Cyborg

    Nintendo has more Money than you can dream of and the 3DS is keeping them afloat. It’s sad to see how the WiiU failed. It is honestly an amazing console. It’s probably going to become a niche console, but hey, that’s cool by me

  • TiMsTeR1033

    How about make a new gamecube!

    • Kromas

      Bring back the SNES!

      • Mike

        Bring back the NES

      • TiMsTeR1033

        What good would that do exactly?

        • Kromas

          True co-op gameplay with Paperboy3!

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            Having Mario AND Luigi on one screen at the SAME time doing the SAME level co-op, in Super Mario Bros 1.
            New version of Excitebike!
            Contra, again!

          • Kromas

            Don’t forget Tetris 3D.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    @zoe you see the new header I made for you?

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      new header?? where??

      • TiMsTeR1033

        must I post again for you?

        • VampyricSquirrel Monk

          Just email it to her

          • RinceThis2014

            And then get a room :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            hows your head buddy?

          • RinceThis2014

            Still on :) Off work till Wed though.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Concussion?

          • RinceThis2014

            Yip :)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You know not many people would punch the criminal robbing them… You indeed are a true ginger!

          • RinceThis2014

            Haha. I wasn’t planning on it. But when he pulled the knife out I went postal.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You fucking crazy man! Gta taught you well!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Eh what? So this is what happens when I don’t come for lunch. You alright besides having some sense knocked into you?

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            Sense knocked into Rince? That’s possible?

          • RinceThis2014

            That’s impossibru!

          • Kensei Seraph

            Imagine ginger Asians.

          • RinceThis2014

            They are there, you just don’t see them 0_O

          • Kensei Seraph

            Wait.. My sister has already started that project?!?
            Holy uncle of all that is unholy, I thought she was joking.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            They endangered species. but they do exist!

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            That’s kinda disturbing

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Be glad Nick isn’t one!

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            Damn straight, we would never understand him.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Maybe we should investigate it properly heh COME HERE RINCE!

          • RinceThis2014

            Lol. If only my hero Trevor was there to save me…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            He would distract them by using his Girl scream powers

          • RinceThis2014

            HAHAHA!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Girl Scream powers? Please, wait until you see what I can do with my handbag.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Remind me not to meet you in a dark alley late at night…

          • Kensei Seraph

            Wait what?
            Now I need to know what happened.

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            Rince got mugged, went ginger ninja on them, and then got knocked the hell out… now he’s got a concussion, no phone, no wallet… etc… etc… lol

          • Kensei Seraph

            Dam that sucks.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            but he has his life and his virginity intact! lol

          • RinceThis2014

            Ya. But I do have a few days off! Win! No, wait what?

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            You still forgetting shit?

            Hopefully your sis kicked your butt and got you to go to a doctor.

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            Self-defence student? Nice!

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            Or a concussion :P

          • RinceThis2014

            HAHA! Too sooooooon!

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          or link me – internet has been HORRIBLE today – been missing out on a lot

          • TiMsTeR1033

            just go to othernews from friday. otherwise I shall email you

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            so much win!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            So is mistress pleased?

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            so pleased! just what i wanted – thanks so much!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            No problem, I am just happy to see my work online!

          • VampyricSquirrel Monk

            He’s out done himself on the new header… it’s pretty awesome.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Well it took long enough to make!

  • VampyricSquirrel Monk

    The thing with Nintendo is they’re keeping their exclusives VERY exclusive to their devices, they’d have a massive following and thus a huge income if they’d release a Mario Bro’s game and a good Pokemon game on all other platforms, but they’re sticking to their guns, and I don’t think it’s going to serve them well.

    Nintendo is in trouble, the WiiU isn’t selling well at all, make a business decision to save your company and release your games to the rest of the gaming community, or become the next Sega.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      If they made a price cut it could help them a little…

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Remake Pokemon Stadium!

  • Weanerdog

    Zoe, check your conversions I think you may have mislaid a decimal :) edit the yen/dollar one