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    Ninty Admit That Casual Focus Cost Company

    Ninty Admit That Casual Focus Cost Company

    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
    by GL News
    A few years ago, Nintendo were storming the beaches of new gaming frontiers, taking on the elusive ‘mainstream’ market, with resounding success. Casualties, however, were manifold as wounded gamers and long-time Ninty fans felt discarded and overlooked as the company focused on opening up a new market, quite forgetting the hardcore fans who had carried them thus far.


    Many of us quietly questioned their tactics, wondering just how long Nintendo could sustain this success and retain the public interest once the novelty factor of their gimmicky hardware and casual games had worn off and the white box had been relegated to stair-cupboards everywhere. In the meantime, hardcore fans became disenchanted, frustrated, and even angry, and some gave up altogether, but Nintendo pushed on with more casual, family gaming. Until now.


    In a surprising speech to investors, Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, admitted that the company’s focus on reaching new consumers and the family friendly market may well have placed Nintendo in the more precarious position in which it now finds itself. As we reported a few days ago, Nintendo recently posted a financial loss for the first time since it gave up on cards and concentrated on console gaming, and it would seem that the company have taken a long, hard look at why that might be.


    “We could not adequately create the situation that such new consumers played games frequently or for long, consistent periods. As a result, we could not sustain a good level of profit,” Iwata told investors. He also acknowledged the effect the firm’s re-directed focus had on their core fans: “Regrettably, what we prioritised in order to reach out to the new audience was a bit too far from what we prioritised for those who play games as their hobby. Consequently, we presume some people felt that the Wii was not a game system for them or they were not willing to play with the Wii even though some compelling games had been released.”
    That would appear to be the sound of a penny finally dropping… let’s hope that there is still enough fire in the bellies of the wounded Ninty core to care.
    Link:http://www.gaminglives.com/2012/05/0...-cost-company/

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    You reading this MS with your kinect. Sure you got Halo 4 coming out, but let's be honest they are focusing more on kinect.
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    Hats of to Nintendo for being honest though.
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    I like the honesty but let's see what they do about this.

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    I can't stay mad at you Nintendo!

    Just release me a HD Zelda, Mario and Pokemon game and we will put the last several years behinds us.

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    Good. Now give me Metroid Prime: Hunters 3D.
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    Uh yea, a few critics of Nintendo/Wii (me included) have kind of been saying this for a few years now. Always while being ridiculed of course.

    I'm not surprised by this at all. I don't take Nintendo seriously anymore and I haven't even played a 'current' game by them in.. What? Since SSBB? And even then it wasn't as frequent or serious as other games like Gears, Halo, Starcraft/DOW2.


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    Maybe thats a good thing. It means they are going slowly instead of forcing games down are necks
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    Quote Originally Posted by mooninites View Post
    I like the honesty but let's see what they do about this.

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    I agree. Talk is cheap. Action is high dollar.... (ya i just made that up myself XD)

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    Wow, that shows tremendous integrity (and smarts) on their part. I've never cared for many of Nintendo's franchises, and completely ignored the Wii as I likely will the Wii U, but it's really nice to see a corporate giant humbly acknowledging what some perceived as a mistake, and making note of it.

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    I admire your courage, Nintendo, but because of you my gaming will never be the same. Microsoft and Sony trying to copy that tomfoolery has put my gaming hobby in a downward spiral trying to make their games 'accessible' to the weak! Curse you!


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    with this realization maybe it's even more reason to purchase a Wii-U!




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