Will Nintendo rebound?
Suddenly, Microsoft's Xbox 360 started increasing in sales due to the Kinect and with the low sales of the Wii U, it seems that Nintendo may be losing it....or are they?
I believe they were in a similar situation when they came out with Gamecube and they rebounded by introducing the Wii. I personally think they will rebound when introducing the next console after the Wii U.
What do you guys think? Is Nintendo in trouble or will it rebound to greatness once again?
What the Wii U, or the next system after that, needs is a game or game play mechanism that's really fresh and new really can't be replicated in current systems, like how the 3DS has StreetPass:
I have expressed my thoughts on this matter in other similar threads on this site, but since those posts, the Wii U got a price cut as well.
Forbes is saying Wii U sales are up 200% and 3DS is topping sales charts
Both systems have an impressive lineup of games coming out soon. With the release of pokemon, and the upcoming zelda game on 3DS, I have friends that are buying 3DS's for the purpose of playing these.
In the short-run they seem to be doing fine. 3DS sales are sky high, and Nintendo always does well around the holidays. But the 3DS and Wii U (mostly the Wii U) will grow long in the tooth after a while, so I really think Nintendo is going to have to break the traditional console release cycle if they want any chance at long-term stability.
Everyone gets on Nintendo's case about the Wii U, but have you seen the Playstation Vita sales numbers recently? They aren't doing so hot either, and yet no one has made any mention of Sony. Nintendo has a best selling portable, and games coming out for it that sell consoles, and Sony has a best selling home console, with a portable that doesn't sell as well. Sony is doing just fine, why do we always draw the conclusion that Nintendo isn't? The only people who seem to think Nintendo isn't doing so hot, are the people who don't own one of their current consoles.
I have a Wii U, 3DS XL, a Vita, and I have a PS4 preordered. I've never been a fan of Microsoft consoles, and I probably never will. Just because a company's console isn't flying off the shelves, but the other is, doesn't mean they are hurting/failing/losing money. I think with the new Super Mario 3D World coming to Wii U this November 22, we'll see a jump in Wii U sales. It may be the game many people finally decide to get a Wii U to play.
So they are not in trouble at all in the short term. They are essentially building a fence between them and the competition. Xbox and PS rely on other companies to make software like Ubisoft, Rockstar, etc. Nintendo has never been good at that, so they are in fact giving up in trying to get popular games like GTA V on their console.
In the long term Nintendo is in trouble. However, the market is growing so much and so fast that there is room for different consoles to be played by kids of different ages in the same household. Nintendo has focused on appealing to the immature teenagers and younger kids. They have a narrow focus that's very profitable as their market only buys software that Nintendo makes.
The competition, Xbox and PS also make little money on the console sales, and more margin on software, but when gamers purchase software from Activision, Rockstar and EA Sports Sony and Microsoft make a lot less money than if they bought games made in house.
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