Some good follow-up thoughts by Marco Arment on my thoughts about Nintendo.

Arment is of course right that Nintendo wants to remain in the hardware business because when things are going well, it’s a much better business to be in. But things aren’t going well. And I’m not sure they ever will again for Nintendo, sadly. As Arment notes, the Wii turned out to be a fad.

The Wii U is just a very strange product. Nintendo’s can’t compete with Microsoft and Sony on high-end gaming hardware. And they can’t compete with Apple on touchscreen-based gaming. So they seemingly did a half-assed job on both.

While the Wii was a fad, it worked very well for a time because it was different. It forced the competitors to come to them. Nintendo no longer had to chase down the big guys in battles they couldn’t win (see: above). That’s the only way Nintendo stays alive. They need to truly innovate in videogame hardware.

Like Arment, I’m worried that instead they’ll go down the Sega road and just pump out cheap versions of their great old franchises to anyone who will take them. That’s why I’d love to see Apple step in and buy Nintendo, and let them operate as the independent iOS gaming wing of the company. If Apple wants to move hardware, it’s hard to imagine a better way than having exclusives on all of the Nintendo titles going forward (as well as the back catalog).

It should be like Pixar within Disney. Remember, Pixar started out trying to make hardware as well.

  1. sioux-me reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    If Apple bought Nintendo, it would be the greatest thing since sliced bread.
  2. pyramidslayer reblogged this from averyterrible and added:
    i think it’s time we admit that we admit that games journalism was a passing fad that we need to move on from
  3. averyterrible reblogged this from supercargautier and added:
    games journalism
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    HahahahahahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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  8. peelman reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Couldn’t agree more. I still hate...thought of trying...play...
  9. ledebugger reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Ce serait cool qu’Apple se paie Nintendo… ayant été longtemps un ardent défenseur de
  10. imikezero reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    what I have been saying...awhile. Nintendo DS...3DS have...
  11. ebookporn reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Trade Book publishers face...same problem Nintendo does. Print books
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  14. mrthursday reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    I’d love to see this happen, but I don’t know that Apple would ever do that.
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    hasn’t changed their...model. Over the life of...company you...
  17. martinschmidler reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    kaufen. Coole Vorstellung, eigentlich.
  18. techbullshit reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Looks like I’m not the only one who was thinking about this.