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Nintendo is a hardware company. They have always been a hardware company, back through the 70's...maybe even before that, I forget their lineage, I think it had something to do with playing cards or something, a machine shuffler or something? I digress.....
Nintendo wants people buying hardware, not software. They can sell the same hardware with only minor engineering changes for half a decade or more (portables), they found they really couldn't do that on the consoles however.....their lifecycle was too extreme for 3rd parties who might take 2 years to optimize a game for a Nintendo platform only to have that platform be fundamentally abandoned once the "Kart/Mario/Fighter/Puzzler/Yoshi/Pokemon" games were through 1 cycle. If you wanted the next Mario Kart you knew you were waiting for the next $200 piece of hardware to run it. They make bank, so they won't change that formula. Also worth noting, Nintendo focuses on the Japanese market first.....as such, portables are >>>> than consoles because people have small homes, many don't have a western style home setup with, say, multiple TV's and such. It makes sense to focus on handhelds and there's only so much you can do with handheld power at any given point in time.......
They control their walled garden and thusly they control their IP's much, much closer than, say, Sega.....and Sega is an example of a company who had to abandon their hardware wing...focus on software...but then that basically fizzled out to the handful of fighting games they release and...well whatever else they do..Shenmue XXV? I dunno.
Having said all that...didn't they just release like Mario Kart on IOS or something? <shrug>
Isn't Pokemon a killer app, isn't that Nintendo owned or is it Bandai?
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