Originally Posted by moothemagiccow
You'll notice everyone's suggestion that Nintendo "go third party" is to save them buying another system.
I disagree to some extent- there's a lot of lazy folks who just want to play Mario on PS4, sure, but there's a metric ton of ways Ninty could use the expansion into other platforms to gain major benefit. Benefits that other gaming companies only dream of having in their back pocket. I may have already posted this in one comment or another, but Nintendo could really take a bite out of MS & Sony's current dominance if they ever made a calculated move to extended platforms.
Nintendo has hands-down the most iconic figures in gaming. Outside Pac Man there's few characters as famous as Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Pikachu- no one wants a Lara Croft cereal, a Ratchet and Clank Saturday morning cartoon show, a Master Chief lunch box... but that's Nintendo's wheelhouse. But unlike Ninty, MS, Sony and especially Sega have demonstrated they can generate successful licensing of their IP's without paralyzing fear of destroying their business models and brand image, so they're making easy money and gaining value in areas where Nintendo could curb stomp them if they were trying. Something as simple as a SMB port on iOS? It'll be the number one app for a year, no question to me. Even if it's not F2P, so many people want it that badly. I already have it on NES, SNES (All Stars) and Wii VC, but I'd buy it again in a heartbeat so I can play it proudly on the can...
compelling reason to outright cannibalize their own eShop offerings or totally stop making consoles and go third party, but Nintendo could do a lot to gain investor confidence, generate revenue AND bring much-needed awareness to their consoles and new releases with a focused, minimalist approach to untapped areas.Offer some unique titles not available on VC, interconnected content or alternate gameplay models from profitable IP's on mobile platforms and ensure they're tied directly into their better, longer, more interesting console cousins (sold only on your first party hardware)
. Some (all?) of these efforts would require real “unprecedented partnership” with someone who knows what they hell they're doing- something Nintendo doesn't do well. That whole EA thing obviously didn't work out, time to open the war chest and get someone on board who can
help you make money and at a rapid speed to market. Oh, and maybe make an online system that people want to use (god, Nintendo is bad at this). Monster Hunter? Huge
on Nintendo hardware, and available on iOS. No one stopped buying it on consoles. A few more forays into the space could be really, really good for Nintendo, something like:
- Just bought Super Mario iOS? Great! You just unlocked a new kart in MK8! [Click Here] to redeem (What?! You don't own a Wii U? Here's a list of retailers nearby based on your geolocation- and, hey, here's a $10 e-coupon scanable at checkout if you buy today)
- Thanks for downloading Donkey Kong's Swing Course! Challenge your friends to beat your high score on [Facebook], and don't forget to post your achievements on Miiverse! This month only, unlock an exclusive new level by registering a copy of NintendoLand at ClubNintendo.com and syncing your account with your iTunes profile. For more info on NintendoLand and Donkey Kong's Crash Course exclusively for Wii U, [click here]!
- Pokemon fan, you say? Pokemon:Online combines the fun of Pokemon with the connectivity of MMO's, all in the palm of your hand on iOS and Android. Pokemon:Online offers players a massive (B2P) world where they can train Pokemon, gain level ups and battle with anyone, anytime, worldwide. Trainers: import your Pokemon directly into Pokemon X/Y, available now for 3DS by [clicking here]! And don't forget to upgrade to the all new, limited-edition iPokeball iPhone this holiday, which includes 3 new exclusive Pokemon not available as DLC!
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Epic is making money hand over fist with Infinity Blade - they gained 6 million new players last month when it went free during the app store 5th anniversary promo- and they're capitalizing on the Unreal engine by creating 'scalable games' that they just rebuild for different platforms. Nintendo doesn't have a "New Super Engine" to just plug and play like that, but they could absolutely create simple mobile games that are similar in gameplay but differentiated in scope and content... that's basically the "New Super Mario XX" formula anyway, FFS.
Save the crippling embarrassment and humiliation that they're so afraid of by simply ignoring Xbox, PS and PC completely but dip a toe firmly into the mobile market. I'm certain some consumers would pass on 3DS or Wii U VC versions of games and choose to buy Ninty apps only on mobile, so there is genuine risk... But there's also a GIANT market of people who have no interest in (or will never buy) a 3DS or Wii U who would line up to buy Nintendo games on a platform they already own. Every kid in the world has a phone- sell him your games, and maybe even make a sale on a new console or retail game in the process.Ninty needs the PR and advertisement as much as the sales right now, they're doing almost nothing that's catching on with the general public
(didn't even know there were Pikmin commercials
). Outside we game nerds, how many average consumers really see Nintendo Directs? How many people can even tell you what E3 is, or what was shown this year? Halo is getting a TV series, Tomb Raider is a popular movie franchise, Sonic is one of the biggest apps on iOS. And even though none of those are as popular as their console counterparts, they keep them all in the public spotlight and drive attention to the IP on consoles. There's gonna be an ad for XBONE every commercial break during Halo: The TV Series... You know it.TL;DR:
Nintendo has so many options to utilize their IP's on mobile without dilluting their brands or exiting the console space. They just need serious help seeing the value in that decision.