Nintendo tends to hit rough patches when it comes to consoles. We’ve seen it with early systems like the Gamecube, and now with more modern systems like the Wii U. For Nintendo, history really does repeat itself. Nintendo’s history of making unsuccessful consoles has led many to believe that Nintendo should just give up consoles all together and stick to handheld.
Why is it that Nintendo makes unsuccessful systems in the first place? Well, it seems to be a lack of innovation on Nintendo’s part. Think about the comparison between the Nintendo 64 and the Gamecube. The Nintendo 64 was an extreme success and the Gamecube, which came right after, was an utter failure. Now think about the difference between the two consoles. Other than some better graphics and a different controller, Nintendo didn’t do much to innovate the next generation of gaming. Now compare the Wii to the Wii U. The Wii was great for its time because it brought something new and fresh to the table, whereas the Wii U brought HD capabilities and a gamepad. It was basically a slightly better Wii. Nintendo makes unsuccessful consoles because of the lack of innovation, and Nintendo’s history is utter proof of that.
If Nintendo isn’t going to clean up its act with consoles, then it leaves many to believe that Nintendo should give them up once and for all. However, it’s not just the lack of innovation, it’s also how great Nintendo is at making handheld consoles. The handheld systems have come such a long way ever since the original GameBoy came out, and now we have 3D face-tracking technology in our handheld systems. Nintendo totally dominates the handheld market, and it’s produces the majority of Nintendo’s income. In addition, Nintendo will be moving to the mobile market soon, and that’s sure to bring a lot more profit in than the Wii U did (if they market it right).
So, do I think Nintendo should move away from consoles? Absolutely not. I think Nintendo just has flukes here and there with their consoles and sometimes they don’t market it right. Now, here’s why I don’t think Nintendo should stop making consoles – it’s not just because I personally prefer consoles over handheld systems, but also because Nintendo is so dedicated to their gamers even when a console starts to fail, like the Wii U. Think about it – we have great games like Super Smash Bros., Star Fox Zero, Zelda Wii U, Hyrule Warriors, and the list just goes on. All of these games were phenomenal (or probably will be) for the Wii U. Plus, we’ve gotten plenty of downloadable content for a huge bulk of these games. Nintendo has been very dedicated to its fan base. It has definitely paid off for those like myself who have stuck by the Wii U.
Nintendo shouldn’t move away from consoles, I think they just need to be more innovative. The NX needs to be something new and fresh, otherwise it will be just like the Wii U and earn minimal profit. Many might feel differently, but I hope Nintendo never moves away from consoles. Hopefully with this coming E3 we will see what great innovations Nintendo will have with the NX. So, where do you stand with this? Should Nintendo move away from consoles? Do you think the NX will be innovative enough to earn Nintendo some good profit? Let us know in the comments.