Will Nintendo Rise Again?

Today, Motley Fool CTO Jeremy Phillips and tech analyst Eric Bleeker discuss whether Nintendo can again become a productive player in the video-game industry. The company poured a ton of money into development in the past year, but its products lack innovation and Nintendo looks vulnerable to the competition.

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  • Report this Comment On July 21, 2012, at 10:30 PM, EvanBuck wrote:

    I don’t know…the new Wii U sounded kind of weird to me. Nintendo can be successful again by creating games that bring back nostalgia and have depth, meaning, successful plot development, and are overall a blast to play like old games used to be.

    BTW, I'm not much of a gamer at all. I enjoy playing a video game every once in a blue moon, but I'm not an avid game nerd. :) More of a book-reader type.

  • Report this Comment On July 23, 2012, at 3:21 AM, OceanJackson wrote:

    I heard someone say of Nintendo's new system featuring a 2nd tablet screen built into the controller, "It's a solution in search of a problem." I disagree - I think the 2nd screen is a genius move, is innovative, and opens up countless new experiences that gamers have never had before - that they didn't even know they were missing. Asymmetric Gameplay is what Nintendo is calling it, whereby two players can have completely different views of the same game, or where different parts of the game are viewed on each screen to one player. I believe that the Wii U will not only save Nintendo, but will be as successful as the Wii.

  • Report this Comment On July 23, 2012, at 3:23 AM, OceanJackson wrote:

    ...And the difference between this and a Tablet such as the iPad, is that the iPad is not a video game controller, it lacks all of the other essential buttons, and it will have latency issues through Wireless Internet that the dedicated Wii U controller will not have. Nintendo will shock the gaming industry.

  • Report this Comment On July 26, 2012, at 6:58 PM, RiotGear80 wrote:

    I find this topic disconcerting; people continue looking at Nintendo as a dinosaur caught in a tar pit. I see Nintendo as a phoenix; they rise from the ashes where other console producers eventually burn out/up. This is a fairly predictable cycle which I have watched and, in this go around, intend to profit from. If you pay attention to Nintendo stock and Nintendo announcements/releases you will see the cycle I speak of and be able to predict future rises and falls this stock. The simple break down follows this pattern: console announced(stocks plummet), console released(stock rises), console reaches limits(stock plateaus), and repeat...

  • Report this Comment On July 26, 2012, at 7:22 PM, RiotGear80 wrote:

    The advantages of the WiiU are in the design. The touch screen controller or "game pad" ,as it is being coined, has all of the functionality of the XBox or Ps3 controllers plus more. This means 3rd party programmers will not have to chose between making a Sony/Microsoft game or a Nintendo game; both can be done on one[console] and ported to the rest. Furthermore, Nintendo has chosen to leave all of the Wii motion controls in the mix and add more to them. The motion aspect is what I believe made Nintendo come out on top in the last cycle and can help them lead the way in this upcoming console generation.

    @EvanBuck- Try New Super Mario Bros., Metroid other M, PunchOut or Donkey Kong Country returns. If you are looking for nostalgia these titles hit the mark and bring it back.

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