While a large number of Western gamers regularly shun Nintendo, favouring the rote multiplayer shooters that seem to populate the other systems, the same can’t be said for our Japanese gaming chums. In the land of the rising sun, Nintendo is still very much king. According to Famitsu’s sales charts (via neoGAF), most of the 20 best-selling games in Japan last year were for Nintendo platforms.
If there's one thing fans have been clambering for, it's Pokemon on the Wii U. Bring us a Pokemon MMO through the Wii U and you might just cause a global economic crisis as everyone spends all their money in game and completely stops working. Could Nintendo be considering this? Well, at least they seem to know of the potential.
You have to love the Japanese and their humility. When they feel responsible for something, they’ll own up to it and suffer the consequences as a result. That’s exactly what’s happening over at Nintendo, which has seen its third straight annual loss in a row.
We hear it all too often in the gaming industry; people getting fired and whole teams being let go because shareholders just aren’t able to put enough gold-crusted caviar on their end-of-the-month Salticrax. Nintendo’s shareholder’s aren’t the happiest at the moment, wit the Wii U’s poor sales – and they’ve asked Nintendo President why he hasn’t done any sort of corporate restructuring (read: lay-offs) despite the company incurring losses for the last two periods.
Industry analyst Michael Pachter has always worn his black heart on his tattered sleeve when it comes to Nintendo – but in the latest episode of Pach attack, he got his knives out, ripping the company a new one, saying that Nintendo is a bad company, run by a poor CEO.
Man, Mario gets all the attention; the best mushrooms and even all the girls. That all changes this year, because it’s the year of Luigi. That’s the overall message from the perpetually delightful Nintendo president Satoru Iwata from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct.
I love the Wii U, but dammit, the console is on some shaky ground right now. Despite having a great launch with some top level games thrown in from DarkSiders 2 to the latest addition to the Super Mario Bros franchise, the console is having a hard time remaining relevant. And quite simply, that’s because it needs more games. And fortunately, that’s exactly what's going to happen according to the latest Nintendo Direct conference, because some heavy-hitting first party titles are on the way.
When the 3Ds launched, it did so at a price that many felt was just a tad too high. As a result, sales of the device slumped until the company decided to slash its price in a drastic attempt to further the device’s momentum. Nintendo doesn’t want to repeat that costly cost mistake - so expect the system to be…affordable.
Still feeling a little stung over the recent announcement that Nintendo is going to drastically slash the price of the 3DS? Are those free games, which you need online access and a quick region change workaround for, not appealing to you in any way? Well then, Nintendo has something more substantial for you then. An apology. From the heart.