Originally Posted by RaptorJesus
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The success of one game cannot measure a companies ability to succeed in the marketplace. Back in the 90's the game company, Rare, was pumping out the wildly successful "Donkey Kong" series. In 2002, Rare was bought out by Microsoft. Even with all the success with one of the most popular game franchises of all time, they had to give in to their opponents. Nintendo's success cannot be measured solely by the success of B2W2.
Whether or not Nintendo is "screwing around" or not isn't the question. Nintendo didn't make B2W2. Gamefreak did. As of now, Gamefreak makes games exclusively for Nintendo, but is not owned by Nintendo. If Nintendo begins to fail, Gamefreak will go somewhere else. So again, B2W2's potential success(which is still to early to tell) cannot measure Nintendo's success.
I will concede that Nintendo is, at the moment, completely unrivaled in the handheld market. The only competitor is Sony's PSP, which is kind of a joke. It's only games appear to be strange exclusives with little following or bad ports of PS2 and PS3 games. However, Nintendo's monopoly on the handheld market doesn't ensure their financial security. Microsoft has talked about throwing its hat into the handheld market. If they are competing on nearly equal footing, the loss of a handheld monopoly could be fatal for Nintendo.
Most importantly of all, Nintendo is losing the console wars. Big time. With Microsoft's Kinect being sold in bundle with their Xbox360, they have stolen some of the Wii's console market. The Wii is totally unable to compete with the other consoles in the adult/teenage market. Its largest market is children, which Microsoft could very easily steal by marketing to nuclear families, wanting to buy a console that is appropriate for their entire family. Its also very hard to ignore the fact that the FPS genre is very popular and the best selling FPS titles, which are often the best selling games of the year, are not available on the Wii.
As far as gaming titles go, Nintendo has a strong base of classic titles with characters such as Mario and Link. However, Nintendo can't milk money out of its classic franchises forever. Eventually, probably sooner than later, people will bore of the same old game of "find the princess in the haystack" and move on.
The stake that will be driven into the heart of Nintendo in the modern gaming world however, is Nintendo's lack of multiplayer support. Everything is multiplayer these days and with good reason. People enjoy playing a game with their friends. Grand Theft Auto IV was a good game when judged exclusively on its singleplayer experience. The multiplayer was revoultionary however. Revolutionary and very simple. A group of friends can get together and wreak havoc on their environment. So simple and yet, Nintendo refuses to make their multiplayer enjoyable or easy to use. Its akin to being voluntarily kidnapped along with your friends. You are locked in a room where you are blindfolded and gagged, unable to speak to each other. Their is no mic support at all. There is no method of communication. In most multiplayer, communication is crucial or at the very least, much more enjoyable. I can respect that Nintendo doesn't want to compromise young children who play their games, but its severely hurting their sales. Either way, their reasons for ignoring the plea to fix their multiplayer system is not part of this debate. The point of the matter is, multiplayer is important and they are ignoring it.
I most certainly agree with you on the multiplayer and age group parts. Although, The Wii U is coming out soon, and look at the features, it may even attract the adult age group. The Wii U will have video chat to other Wii U users. This may appeal to children, but maybe there are long distance families who don't have a webcam or a computer. The Wii U does offer many new features than its predecessor. Even with the announcement of the Wii U, Nintendo has released M rated games such as Call of Duty to their game lists. This appeals to the older age group. With the Wii Fit, anyone who wants to get into shape but doesn't want to pay for a full year gym membership can get fit with their schedule and personal routines. When you see the commercials for these, you see women using them with sleek bodies and perfect curves. However, women with a clogged schedule may purchase the Wii to use the Wii Fit.
Nintendo is starting to make new characters for "representatives". Link and Mario will always have their shine, but the new characters appeal to younger children.This of course means less violence and language and such. If you think about it, Parents are more likely to buy the Wii for their children the any other console. Teens who have jobs most likely game, so this means they will be buying for their consoles. They will most likely be buying X-Box games or PS3 games, and they won't be looking for new consoles, and they will limit their spending for new X-Box games. As for the Wii, parents will get active with their child, and strict parents will rather their children play Wii Sports than L.A. Noire. Parents will want to please their children, so they will most likely buy them what they want for their Birthdays or Christmas. But, with teenagers, parents will be less likely to buy consoles for their children as they grow older. Therefore, children are more likely to get Wiis then teens are to get other consoles.
Nintendo's success is not solely based of of B2W2. BW pulled off an amazing score, and sales through the roof. Of course, fans of BW are more likely to get B2W2. Other Nintendo appliances pull in the money as well. Especially with the 3DS and DSi. Many of us don't have a Wii, have an X-Box or a PS3, but most of us also have a DS of some sort. Whether it be the DS, DSi, DSi XL, 3DS, DS Lite or want the upcoming 3DS XL. The sales from the consoles alone have pulled in millions if not more for Nintendo. Sony nor Microsoft produce as many consoles as Nintendo does. The NES, N64, GameCube, etc. All favorites of many of us. These Nintendo consoles no matter how old have payed off for Nintendo, and will continue to pull of and bring in the bucks for many years to come. Franchises such as Kirby, Mario, Zelda, and even Pokemon are being further developed into new games, such as Super Mario Bros. 2, or B2W2, or Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Time. The older franchises still bring in money! Newer franchises will also be further developed bringing in more and more dough for Nintendo! With each game getting better graphics, music, and plots, players will crave more.