Does Nintendo Still Stand a Chance?

The Wii U was supposed to be Nintendo's (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY  ) ticket to next-generation gaming paradise. So far, gamers have largely stayed away, perhaps awaiting superior consoles from Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) .

Those powerful rival systems will drop in time for the holidays this year. Sony's console looks like the bigger threat so far, but Nintendo isn't equipped to stave off either one. This is where many a soon-to-fail hardware gadget sees street prices drop through the floor in a desperate attempt to shore up failing sales. Even Nintendo's own CEO blames the poor performance on a lack of top-shelf game titles.

So why isn't Nintendo resorting to the classic Hail Mary price-drop move yet? Recent comments from North American sales chief Scott Moffitt might clear things up a little bit.

In the following video, Fool contributor Anders Bylund looks at the console wars with a special focus on Nintendo's fortunes -- or lack thereof. One thing's for sure: This is not a repeat of the original Wii's easy victory march.

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  • Report this Comment On June 19, 2013, at 10:06 PM, normgarry wrote:

    Wii succeeded because it was refreshingly simple to use and relatively inexpensive. It bridged the gap between gamers and non-gamers, senior citizens and their children.

    Wii U is "just a game" and it's not as interesting anymore.

    Also worth noting is that the proliferation of gaming on tablets and smartphones have completely killed interest in casual gaming on a console.

    Nintendo should have re-released the WII:U with a power pad and zapper that worked together live a VR game and allowed multiplayer. Imagine a game with a gun where you could actually walk and run...

    Time Crisis just had a pedal to duck and look how successful it was.

  • Report this Comment On June 19, 2013, at 10:46 PM, jedidethfreak wrote:

    With over $10 Billion dollars in cash, billions of dollars in other assets and IP, and zero debt, they aren't going anywhere for a very long time. On top of that, their games are pretty much always top-notch. They won't likely win the sales war this generation, but they WILL be the one with the biggest return on investment.

    I don't see the problem, especially when the best games for the Xbox One and PS4 will either be released on PC or Wii U, both of which I have - and my PC is WAAAAY better than the PS4 or Xbox One, and the games will be cheaper.

  • Report this Comment On June 19, 2013, at 10:55 PM, spinod wrote:

    They can't because thats what happens when you place your bets on the casual market. They have the attention span of monkeys, and now its turned to something else. Same reason the mobile market will never push consoles aside.

  • Report this Comment On June 19, 2013, at 10:58 PM, Burstedbladder wrote:

    Unless Nintendo starts listening to the consumers and the older generation Nintendo fans, Nintendo will be phased out altogether.

    Eliminating the use of joysticks/arcade sticks from those that grew up using those devices turned a lot of Nintendo peple off. Especially the older generation of Nintendo users/players.

    I myself ditched Nintendo when they went completely wireless and no longer made their games or system to be used with arcade sticks or joysticks.

    I will never buy another Nintendo system unless they bring that option back to the people that like to sit down and use their arcade sticks to lay the Nintendo games with.

    Also, Nintendo should have taken some of their games and made them in to movies for the big screen.

    Just because one aszwipe at Nintendo decided to make their systems completely wireless, it doesn't mean the Nintendo fans agree with them, and losing their older generation fan base will ultimately sink Nintendo unless they get back on track and start listening to the people aka their fans.

  • Report this Comment On June 19, 2013, at 11:06 PM, excelscior wrote:

    Sadly this looks like a page from the old Sega Saturn system days. Developers did not want to make games for the inferior hardware and 2D video game console. Compared to the easy to make 3D games for Sony's Playstation system. Nintendo may be a victim of customers perceived inferior hardware in the Wii U. Unless Nintendo can convince customers that game visuals can be improved through game software. I wish Nintendo the best!

  • Report this Comment On June 19, 2013, at 11:38 PM, jedidethfreak wrote:

    Uhhh, burstedbladder? Every Nintendo system had an arcade stick.

    If you can't get a detail like that right....

  • Report this Comment On June 20, 2013, at 10:56 AM, Petronilus wrote:

    Nintendo pioneered the first gaming console with a touch screen controller and the market's reaction was that it's non-essential.

    TV screen gaming is exactly that. It's gaming using a controller you don't look at. Your eyes are glued to the TV screen and the controller is an integral part of your body allowing thoughts to turn into actions. This is the fundamentals of how gaming consoles have worked in the past and Nintendo Wii U trying to change it has failed. The controller is too big for the sake of something that isn't essential.

    The concept of using a controller with a touch screen is exactly the concept of texting while driving. You don't get anything good out of that. If I want to have a map of where I'm going, I rather have the map showing on the TV toggled by a key on my controller. I can toggle much faster with minimum loss of attention of the action on the screen.

    And the worst part is that they have designed a system with relatively poor performing hardware making the overall compromise unattractive.

    Nintendo should have known this better than anyone.

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