When asked about whether he sees success for Wii U in the face of affordable tablets that offer pretty good gameplay, EA’s former CCO Bing Gordon answered that he’s confident Nintendo will be focusing primarily on software in a few years. It’s a prediction we’ve heard from a number of different sources before, with Nintendo denying the possibility every time.
One of his big pieces of reasoning seems to revolve around Shigeru Miyamoto. ” So far,” he says, “when Miyamoto makes a perfect game, in his career he makes games worth $200 – it’s worth buying a system for.” But what happens when Nintendo no longer has Miyamoto to rely on? It’s hard to say, but that time comes nearer and nearer every day.
We’ll see what the future holds as it unfolds. In the meantime, hit the break to see the rest of that Mr. Gordon had to say about Nintendo going software-only.
I think Nintendo’s already on track to become primarily a software company. We saw that with Sega back in the day; Sega made some missteps and became primarily a software company. Nintendo hasn’t really made missteps, Nintendo probably has better creative talent and better leadership now than Sega did. It’s got the most robust business model, the best creative talent; Miyamoto’s still the best in the business.
Apple’s most directly competitive with Nintendo. So far, when Miyamoto makes a perfect game, in his career he makes games worth $200 – it’s worth buying a system for. I think the handheld is going to be under a lot of pressure. I can imagine a day when Nintendo wonders – and maybe it’s generational change – when Nintendo wonders if they ought to take some of their best games and make them apps.
What do you think? Will Nintendo ever go the software-only route? Or is unique game hardware so strongly encoded in the company’s DNA that its legendary franchises will never be able to go on without Nintendo platforms to play them on?
Personally, I’m torn. I certainly don’t want to see Nintendo exit the hardware market. There’s something magical about buying Nintendo hardware, and knowing that many of the best games in the industry will be there. I don’t think anyone wants that feeling to fade away. At the same time, not focusing on hardware development will free up resources to focus on more and better games, and that could wind up being a terrific thing for both Nintendo and its fans.
Share your opinions in the comments!