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(RealClear)   After posting losses yet again, Nintendo President performs seppuku on 50% of his pay   (realclear.com) divider line 180
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2014-01-29 02:59:20 PM  
How can Nintendo become the biggest force in video games?

Pokemon MMO.
 
2014-01-29 03:02:15 PM  
Seppuku. That was a hell of a thing when Dimebag Darrel died.
 
2014-01-29 03:04:01 PM  
What's with their aversion to mobile phones?
 
2014-01-29 03:17:32 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: What's with their aversion to mobile phones?


I agree. A device sold as both a mobile phone and a portable gaming system cannot fail.
 
2014-01-29 03:20:33 PM  

Dimensio: thismomentinblackhistory: What's with their aversion to mobile phones?

I agree. A device sold as both a mobile phone and a portable gaming system cannot fail.


I'm sure their shareholders agree. *snicker*
 
2014-01-29 03:35:54 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: What's with their aversion to mobile phones?


I think Nintendo just wants to control every aspect of their games.  The software, the hardware, etc.
 
2014-01-29 03:36:26 PM  

Dimensio: thismomentinblackhistory: What's with their aversion to mobile phones?

I agree. A device sold as both a mobile phone and a portable gaming system cannot fail.


I wanted one of those so terribly badly.  My mother called me an idiot and said I would look like an idiot.  I really should thank her for tha...OOOOHHH.
 
2014-01-29 03:37:39 PM  
If only Nintendo would say to themselves, "You know, marketing the Wii U like a party device for kids may have backfired upon us a little." Diversify your market a little bit and market it as an inexpensive games console for all players.
 
2014-01-29 03:39:04 PM  
Hmm... he adjusted his own salary to reflect his emotional investment in his company's well being... and he didn't immediately burst into flames?
 
2014-01-29 03:39:18 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Diversify your market a little bit and market it as an inexpensive games console for all players.


Why do that when they could just keep selling us the same shiat they've sold for decades?
 
2014-01-29 03:39:35 PM  
Has there been any update on whether or not they're already working on another console? I know that rumor came out just a couple weeks ago, if not last week.
 
2014-01-29 03:40:31 PM  
Again?

Nintendo Chief Takes 50% Pay Cut After 3DS Markdown - July 2011
Nintendo President Takes 67 Percent Pay Cut After Company's First Loss - June 2012
 
2014-01-29 03:40:53 PM  
They could sell the Mariners to get some money back.

Please!
 
2014-01-29 03:41:16 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: If only Nintendo would say to themselves, "You know, marketing the Wii U like a party device for kids may have backfired upon us a little." Diversify your market a little bit and market it as an inexpensive games console for all players.


That's going to be difficult without a lot of 3rd party developer support.
 
2014-01-29 03:41:37 PM  

karmaceutical: Hmm... he adjusted his own salary to reflect his emotional investment in his company's well being... and he didn't immediately burst into flames?


Cultural differences. Your typical American CEO will cut a quarter of the work force while giving himself a raise for the emotional trauma caused by cutting a quarter of the work force.
 
2014-01-29 03:42:16 PM  
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2014-01-29 03:43:39 PM  

Dimensio: thismomentinblackhistory: What's with their aversion to mobile phones?

I agree. A device sold as both a mobile phone and a portable gaming system cannot fail.


Isn't that what smart phones essentially are?

As far as Nintendo goes...  I really feel bad for them.  Back in the good ol' days of console systems, they were the absolute best.  They may not have had the most groundbreaking graphics.  But the one thing they had over everyone was that their games were actually FUN to play!

The reason they lost their niche on the market is that they seem to have relied to heavily on keeping their games family freindly, and lost out on to the consoles that play things like Call of Duty and GTA.

I got my son a 3DS for Xmas.  That thing is really excellent!  It's the 3rd DS system we've gotten.  And they really are incredible little systems.  Again, mostly, because the games are fun to play.  I hope that the handheld market is enough to keep them afloat.  That would really suck if they totally went under.
 
2014-01-29 03:44:08 PM  
Ultimately, Nintendo hardware is going to live or die on the basis of its 1st party software.  And Nintendo simply hasn't transitioned from its traditionally small team sizes (measured in the dozens) to the larger ones needed for HD development nearly fast enough.  So while they're just finishing up a new building to house another ~1000 developers, the Wii U generation is lost because system-selling titles aren't getting out the door fast enough to spur any demand.
 
2014-01-29 03:48:22 PM  
I would like to see an American CEO do this.
 
2014-01-29 03:50:43 PM  
The Wii-U is awful. That is all.
 
2014-01-29 03:51:23 PM  
Yeah... Nintendo needs to get balls deep into the murder simulator business if they want to make it.
 
2014-01-29 03:51:53 PM  

grimlock1972: I would like to see an American CEO do this.


Well, they'd be willing to cut their workers salary by 1/2 because personal responsibility.  As a added incentive, the COE would still get his bonus for reducing expenses.

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2014-01-29 03:52:04 PM  
If only the financial wizards who crashed the world economy had taken that course.
 
2014-01-29 03:52:30 PM  
He does this all the time.  The problem isn't what he's getting paid, it's because Nintendo is ran by completely out of touch people who paid no attention to where the market was going.  The Wii fad fizzled out 2 years before the Wii U was released and the people that bought into it went to the next big thing: Mobile and Tablets, and they aren't coming back.  They've done nothing but make life hard for third parties for their entire video game existance and now are surprised when nobody's lining up to make games.

Mobile?  Console games other than simple RPG's are awful on phones.  No buttons means bad controls.  Not to mention that they would overcharge for simple games.  And one Pokemon release on the 3DS completely outdoes every single Phone game combined (Not counting DLC nonsense)

What should they do?  Cut the Wii U price to $200, rebrand it as a classic Nintendo system that you can play all your old favorites, and open the floodgates on the Virtual console, putting every game from NES-Wii up there.  Redo the controls for Wii games so you can touch the screen to simulate motion controls.  Charge $5 or $10 a month to access those games in a subscription format.   Then, make sure your release schedule is set for one big-ish game a month. 

In 2016, release a hybrid console that's essentially the Wii U pad that you can take on the go or plug in at home. 
They'd still be a third place company but they'd get back to profitability.
 
2014-01-29 03:52:44 PM  
I was at a meeting with the guy who created Pokemon. He was this tiny guy  and wore head to toe faux-leppoard and mirrored shades. His Armaini clad entourage chased after him offering their cell phones the second he got out of his all white limo. Awesome.
 
2014-01-29 03:53:11 PM  
What they need to do, is resurrect the virtual boy.
Re-build it as a modern, head-mounted, mobile gaming system.

Rake in the cash.
 
2014-01-29 03:53:46 PM  

lemurs: Ultimately, Nintendo hardware is going to live or die on the basis of its 1st party software.  And Nintendo simply hasn't transitioned from its traditionally small team sizes (measured in the dozens) to the larger ones needed for HD development nearly fast enough.  So while they're just finishing up a new building to house another ~1000 developers, the Wii U generation is lost because system-selling titles aren't getting out the door fast enough to spur any demand.


That's part of their issue. The other stems from the WiiU not being even close in graphical power to the PS4/XB1. Porting to that console is now very tough, and making a new game version just for the WiiU isn't profitable. Combine that with the casual market just not interested in buying another Wii, and Nintendo's in a no-win situation.
 
2014-01-29 03:54:41 PM  

karmaceutical: Yeah... Nintendo needs to get balls deep into the murder simulator business if they want to make it.


Or they could license their games for the other consoles.
 
2014-01-29 03:55:12 PM  

Dragonflew: Again?

Nintendo Chief Takes 50% Pay Cut After 3DS Markdown - July 2011
Nintendo President Takes 67 Percent Pay Cut After Company's First Loss - June 2012


At this point he's doing it for free?


Nintendo thread?

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2014-01-29 03:55:41 PM  
What Nintendo needs is a new IP.  It's pretty apparent you can't get rid of the staleness anymore by vigorously a Nintendo logo on it.
 
2014-01-29 03:56:09 PM  

taxandspend: karmaceutical: Yeah... Nintendo needs to get balls deep into the murder simulator business if they want to make it.

[e3.nintendo.com image 818x460]

Soon...


Something besides nerdy anime games that are made for pre-teen boys would be a lot better.

/That character looks like a deformed giraffe.
 
2014-01-29 03:56:17 PM  

Ghastly: How can Nintendo become the biggest force in video games?

Pokemon MMO.


Why hasn't this happened yet?
 
2014-01-29 03:57:13 PM  
Never understood why they don't just make a pokemon game like GTA.
 
2014-01-29 03:57:21 PM  
Who cares? Given that his total compensation has very little to do with his salary, he's doing this to appease easily-led stockholders and stave off calls for his resignation.
 
2014-01-29 03:58:13 PM  

Cpl.D: What Nintendo needs is a new IP.  It's pretty apparent you can't get rid of the staleness anymore by vigorously a Nintendo logo on it.


What if they accidentaly a Nintendo logo on it?
 
2014-01-29 03:58:15 PM  
As someone who recently bought a WiiU, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/Super Mario 3D World is  legit.
//Can't wait for Smash Bros...
 
2014-01-29 03:58:19 PM  

genner: Ghastly: How can Nintendo become the biggest force in video games?

Pokemon MMO.

Why hasn't this happened yet?


Because Nintendo can't even seem to figure out the "multiplayer-online" aspect, much less adding a "massive" to the front of it.
 
2014-01-29 04:00:05 PM  
As I see it, the problem with the Wii U is that I still have no idea what it really is.  I'm a video gamer and follow video game news.   Yet the Wii U has been marketed so poorly I could tell you nothing about it.

I bought a Wii for me and my family early on and we've all enjoyed it. The Wii had its detractors and negative points (no HD, no DVD playback, too simple for hardcore gamers), but at least you knew exactly what it was and what it did.  Mention the Wii the day after release and almost anyone would respond "Oh yeah, motion control."


Mention the Wii U and what do people say?  "Um, that gamepad controller thing?"
 
2014-01-29 04:00:48 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: If only Nintendo would say to themselves, "You know, marketing the Wii U like a party device for kids may have backfired upon us a little." Diversify your market a little bit and market it as an inexpensive games console for all players.


They didn't really market it at afaict.
 
2014-01-29 04:02:10 PM  

Cpl.D: What Nintendo needs is a new IP.  It's pretty apparent you can't get rid of the staleness anymore by vigorously a Nintendo logo on it.


New IPs like Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Brain Training and Nintendogs worked very well for them in the past, so something all new with a similar aesthetic and target audience wouldn't be a bad idea.
 
2014-01-29 04:02:30 PM  

scottydoesntknow: genner: Ghastly: How can Nintendo become the biggest force in video games?

Pokemon MMO.

Why hasn't this happened yet?

Because Nintendo can't even seem to figure out the "multiplayer-online" aspect, much less adding a "massive" to the front of it.


Pretty much this.  Nintendo is having some serious trouble moving into modern times with gaming, and things like HD gaming and online gaming are extremely troublesome for them.  For whatever reason Nintendo is turning into the 'get off my lawn' of game companies... it's very hard to get excited about their first party titles if they look like upscaled 3DS games.

/though I know there's some crazies that would pay $300 for that
 
2014-01-29 04:02:54 PM  

Dimensio: thismomentinblackhistory: What's with their aversion to mobile phones?

I agree. A device sold as both a mobile phone and a portable gaming system cannot fail.


That was a hardware fail. Nintendo could make up their short comings by just releasing the 8-bit Mario games on iOS, Android and Kindle. Just gotta work out the controls.
 
2014-01-29 04:03:46 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Because Nintendo can't even seem to figure out the "multiplayer-online" aspect, much less adding a "massive" to the front of it.


Seriously.  I got a Wii U for the kids on Christmas and very suprised by that.  Then they didn't even add an ethernet port only a wireless card.  The kids like it but they keep going back to the 360 instead of the Wii U.
 
2014-01-29 04:03:49 PM  
Seppuku on 50% of his pay?  Is that half-seppuku?

www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-01-29 04:04:16 PM  

Ghastly: How can Nintendo become the biggest force in video games?

Pokemon MMO.


I know people who would never leave their farking houses ever again if that existed.   That stupid pedometer thing they had a few versions ago was a genius way to get some of those people to exercise.  or at least attach it to their cat for a while.
 
2014-01-29 04:05:33 PM  

taxandspend: Isn't it though? Some of those post game levels are really kicking the shiat out of me. I'm actually running out of lives because they're so difficult.


My girlfriend and I are only to World 3 so far, so I'm looking forward to getting to the real tough stuff. I'm just in love with how each level has had its own unique flavor, and the amount of detail in the animations is just beautiful.
 
2014-01-29 04:06:39 PM  

lemurs: Cpl.D: What Nintendo needs is a new IP.  It's pretty apparent you can't get rid of the staleness anymore by vigorously a Nintendo logo on it.

New IPs like Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Brain Training and Nintendogs worked very well for them in the past, so something all new with a similar aesthetic and target audience wouldn't be a bad idea.


No, it's doubtful that would work anymore.  The Wii worked with those games because back then casual gaming wasn't dominated by tablets and cell phones.  Now the casual market has moved on, and I doubt they have any reason to spend another $250-300 playing casual games on something other than what they already own.  Casual games are cheaper to buy and easier to get on mobile devices than ever before, and Nintendo will never be able to herd that demographic to their consoles again.
 
2014-01-29 04:07:21 PM  
What really killed Nintendo for me was their inability to adopt 1080p resolution standard and HDMI during the Wii release.  Yes, I get that they wanted to keep their gaming system affordable, but that's not where the market was going.  It was essentially a redesigned Gamecube with motion controllers.  The Wii felt dated upon release, especially after playing the amazing graphics (at the time) on XBox 360.
 
2014-01-29 04:08:02 PM  

wildcardjack: Dimensio: thismomentinblackhistory: What's with their aversion to mobile phones?

I agree. A device sold as both a mobile phone and a portable gaming system cannot fail.

That was a hardware fail. Nintendo could make up their short comings by just releasing the 8-bit Mario games on iOS, Android and Kindle. Just gotta work out the controls.


Moga and an emulator is already there.
 
2014-01-29 04:09:37 PM  
But I was informed here that all was well in Nintendoworld and that the WiiU was very soon going to be a great success..
 
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