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Nintendo decline could be detrimental to entire industry, says Sony UK boss

Monday, 3rd February 2014 15:02 GMT By Dave Cook

Nintendo’s current run of slumping financials could prove damaging to the games industry as a whole, according to PlayStation UK boss Fergal Gara.

It follows Nintendo president Satoru Iwata addressing investors following the company’s poor round of financials. He has recognised that the firm must change to adapt to the times, revealing that Nintendo is now open to licensing its IP to third-party companies, including those within the smartphone space.

In an interview with Trusted Reviews, Gara said, “[The decline of Nintendo] could be detrimental to the market, unless people like us raise our game and help tap into the younger consumer group that they serve rather well.

“That is the challenge to us. We need to bring maybe more family-friendly, more casual experiences into the market. I think there’s a big market segment there that we should take the challenge to engage and I see lots of potential to do that.”

While the Wii U continues to languish in the sales charts, Gara acknowledged that the 3DS is still doing very well in most markets. “The DS family was the bestselling format last year,” he added, “despite the stellar sales of the PS4 for the last four or five weeks, it was still the best selling console or console family.”

What’s your take on Nintendo’s situation? Let us know below.

Via Nintendo Life.

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8 Comments

  1. salarta

    This is another sign of the dangerous position Nintendo is in. Nintendo has always been known as the video game company that caters almost entirely to children and families. It’s natural for other companies to want to break into Nintendo’s demographic (as we saw with Sony and Microsoft trying to get into motion controls with PS Move and Kinect), but if Sony representatives are talking about how they need to step up their game, it can mean one of two things. Either Nintendo is doing so absolutely amazing that Sony thinks they can profit from residual interest. We know Nintendo’s getting hit hard sales-wise, so that’s not true. Or, people at Sony see an important demographic, and are starting to think that Nintendo’s capabilities have weakened so far that they need to rush in and pick up the sales that Nintendo is starting to lose.

    The more I see about Nintendo and the decisions they make, the more I start to think they may as well get out of the console market and become exclusively software developers after all. Also, I’m starting to wonder if Iwata partly wishes he was in charge of a health company instead of a video game one.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. KAP

    Over-reaction is a given by gamers as far as Nintendo is concerned.
    They can bounce back from this.. this isn’t the first time they’ve had there backs against the ropes.

    They’ll always come out swinging when people least expect it.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    NintenDoomed! http://realgamernewz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Super-Mario-3D-World-PS4-Bundle.png

    #3 6 months ago
  4. antraxsuicide

    @salarta I completely agree with that assessment. MS and Sony are about to pounce on that demographic if Nintendo doesn’t shape up. And the initial sales of those consoles have already guaranteed a very good install base for next holiday season. Holiday 2014 is going to have a ton of software aimed at kids, I think.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    @1 Brain Training/Brain Age/Wii Sports that is the sort of thing that Nintendo are motivated by. That vitality sensor idea ties along with it, too. But what it seems to me is that that is when this started. It’s a little too easy to see this as being their solution to: But what when Mr. Miyamoto retires, and hope to leverage the games legacy to sell, what amount to wellness educational products.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. SplatteredHouse

    Plus @4 I won’t argue with that assessment. Nintendo ground is already getting trodden across by app store/mobile platforms. It’s happened because they provide a better service. Sony, with little effort I reckon could well collect the interest of the ones Nintendo left behind…Go on, Reggie just fucking try to deny it…All the while, Iwata’s stood making obscured gestures on a grand stage about some usage of mobile at some point in the belief it would satisfy anyone. They’ve left themselves wide open.

    “unless people like us raise our game” What clearer indication for: ‘You have so completely and utterly dropped the ball’ does Nintendo need.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. Arcnail

    It’s quite simple really. You need to have 3rd party games, which they aren’t getting much of, probably because of the fact that Nintendo basically released a last gen console.

    Ask the Dreamcast how important 3rd party games are.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. NocturnalB

    @1 Salarta

    Actually I think what the guy from Sony is saying, is that developers need to start making more casual/family/kids oriented games that would make it to the Wii U. Probably because the only things Nintendo keeps putting out are Mario/Zelda and their many spinoff series.

    I think he means he wants to help broaden Nintendo’s game offerings as to not help just Nintendo but the industry as a whole because of the fact Nintendo plays a relatively vital roll in it.

    #8 6 months ago

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