Nintendo Is Making All the Wrong Moves and Throwing Away Its Future

In the following segment from The Motley Fool's Weekly Tech Review, host Chris Hill talks with analysts Eric Bleeker and Austin Smith about the future of iconic gaming-console maker Nintendo. Eric discusses at length the numerous mistakes the company is making and why it may be throwing away its own chances of survival. Could these major missteps derail Nintendo for good?

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  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 5:49 PM, Burstedbladder wrote:

    They really tanked themselves with all this Wii garbage they created.

    They lost their fan base (older generation gamers) when they did away with the joystick option for those that love playing their games with a joystick and other controllers.

    Also, they never added a bluray drive to their system, and like Sony, you can play your DVD movies on a PS3 and watch it on a big screen.

    Too bad they never had the common sense to bring the game Zelda to the big screen. They would have made a ton of money from that game alone in film format. The same with Metroid, and others.

    Nintendo needs to start listening to their older generation gamers and not the young and dumb that think all thios woreless garbage is the in thing. It;s not. Most older gamers are not interested in jumpung around or swinging their arms around hitting someone next to you while trying to play a Wii game.

    Get with the program Nintendo. You had a great thing with Nintendo64 and the Cube, but boy oh boy, you truly effed up when you came out with the Wii, and even made a bigger mistake with the Wii U.


  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 6:09 PM, TSP1973 wrote:

    These so called experts always say how these companies will collapse, yet 97% they never do. They been saying for several years now how JCpenney and Sears will not be around soon and they still are going.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 6:37 PM, Palmer1982 wrote:

    I'm going to have to disagree with you. Nintendo (for the Wii, and Wii U) will allow you to use either the Game Cube controllers, or their Classic Controller, if you're not a fan of the motion controllers. Also, from what I've seen Nintendo has admitted that they had to start making better products for their television consoles. Also, from their direct they are working on a new Zelda title, and in the mean time will upgrade Skyward Sword to HD just to fill in the time.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 6:38 PM, DisplayName wrote:

    Couple things, they don't need bluray, whats the point in licensing it to make the console more expensive.

    Also they've had joystick controllers, not sure how they effed up with the Wii, Nintendo was the only of the 3 companies to make a profit this current gen off consoles.

    With that said I haven't bought a Nintendo system (including handhelds) since Gamecube, I don't care for the games they have, but they do have their market, and they don't have to compete with xbox or playstation. Their problem currently is their product is still too expensive for what it is and who it's targeted at. They have a casual audience who just needs something to game on they need to be closer to $199 at the most, problem is the goofy controller likely won't allow them to hit that price point without taking a heavy loss per unit.

    Nintendo more than MSFT and SNE can have their 1st party move units, its been out close to a year, and their 1st party still hasn't rolled out, which is just poor execution on their part.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 6:53 PM, dman1373 wrote:

    yeah they made such a big mistake with the wii by selling more systems and games then they ever did in history. Your an idiot.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 7:38 PM, ecmark00 wrote:

    Nintendo and all of these other so called failing companies will be here long after Motley Fools dribble.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 8:26 PM, TravenouSmaximus wrote:

    Well, this is, so I'd be foolish to buy into these opinions. Mario Kart Wii alone has outsold the three best-selling Halo title, combined. Not only that, but if you compare handheld hardware (Nintendo and Sony) for the four years leading up to the introduction of the ipad to the last four years, there's a $300 million increase (pretty much all of the increase for Nintendo, mind you)

    Burstedbladder: the gamecube, while it had a decent library of games, was the worst-selling Nintendo home console, with the N64 the second-worst. Also, the video format landscape has changed - most people are still into DVD, and few that are interested in Blu Ray already have it... Netflix is pretty much taking over - streaming movies is just way more convenient (jussayin)

    With this holiday season, Nintendo has releases for their 3 best selling franchises (which non-surprisingly are the three best-selling VIDEO GAME FRANCHISES ACROSS ALL PLATFORMS AND MEDIUMS) Super Mario 3D World, Wii Party U and Wii Fit U for Wii U, and Pokemon X/Y for 3DS. Software sells Hardware, and nothing will make Wii U's and 3DS' fly off the selves faster than those titles.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 8:47 PM, thinkso wrote:

    This article was written by somebody in the pocket book of xbox. The xbox is the One making the absolute worst mistakes. Seriously, the writer of this is a complete fool, go hang yourself with the rest of microsoft's staff. And last i checked, nintendo definitely has not lost its older fans. I'm getting a nintendo, and i have been a loyal xbox fan for more that 10 yrs.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 9:01 PM, excelscior wrote:

    Nintendo like any other console/software company has made it's own mistakes and still is around. Sony and Microsoft have made terrible blunders in the past. They are still around and will probably be around for another 10 years or more. Nintendo has awesome games and of course does not compete head to head with these other main stream consoles. Nintendo should be wooing other game developers to make games for the Wii U and get some exclusive deals for at least 6 months. I would love to see the Wii U succeed and Nintendo prosper. I don't see the franchise failing any time soon however. They have awesome gaming licenses and the 3DS hand held is also still a popular platform for games. Going to software only like Sega did would not be good for the Nintendo. I like to think Nintendo lives by this motto: "Win If You Can', Lose If You Must, But Never Give Up"!

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 9:03 PM, onebluephish wrote:

    Nintendo will be around regardless, but it'll cost them market share the next year and change to catch up. They had a perfect opportunity to rope-a-dope both MS and Sony with selling their systems last winter locking consumers in with a new console and then follow it up with exclusive franchise software everyone is clamoring for. Instead they showed up with expected titles and little/no surprises that people were hoping for-they played it safe and didn't care to compete. Secondly, they are clearly ignoring their fan base by not offering new titles that fans are clamoring for. Thirdly, they allowed themselves to have such a wide gap between major releases that most systems are starting to collect dust (mine included). Lastly, several other titles people are waiting for won't even release until next year which overall removes them from the competition this winter.

    At this point, it's safe to say that Nintendo is going to fall to second place to Sony unless MS decided to kiss and make up with fans (and hopefully s can Balmer). As a consumer, I will purchase the titles available this winter, but that doesn't take away the fact that I am sorely disappointed. Seriously, Rare working on ANOTHER Donkey Kong title!? Who's brilliant idea was that?

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 9:22 PM, Kyloctopus wrote:

    Nintendo is doing very well. The Wii U may be at a slow start, but there is no doubt that they will be doing greater over time.

    Nintendo's handheld division is what is currently grabbing them money. Last week Animal Crossing New Leaf released. Within less than one week, Nintendo says that over 200,000 people bought Animal Crossing New Leaf for $35, and 3DS sales have boosted 4x compared to the week before. Thats not even including all the other games Nintendo has made in the first half alone that has sold in millions (Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon, Fire Emblem Awakening). And saying Nintendo should leave the console market makes no sense at this moment, spending billions of yen on their hardware devision's new building.

    I also cringe at the idea of anything freemium. Its just another word for "Pay to win" no Nintendo fan would want that. The whole idea of Freemium is God awful.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2013, at 11:49 PM, locsphere wrote:

    You notice its like they are doing it on purpose? I mean Nintendo first, then Microsoft, When will Playstation fall?

    Its coming I would bet money on it.

    Maybe they want to stream everything including games? Make it a paif by month service plus cost of games...

  • Report this Comment On June 17, 2013, at 11:51 AM, Stealth2k wrote:

    These guys are idiots. Plain and simple.

    Nintendo is making profit AND they care about quality

    f2p, mobile, thats not quality

    so no dev in there right mind would do it

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