Nintendo Not Opposed To Mergers And Acquisitions

Nintendo Not Opposed To Mergers And AcquisitionsWith the company not doing as well as expected, what’s the future for Nintendo? Obviously they will not be releasing games onto mobile, as the company’s president, Satoru Iwata, has so emphatically claimed. However what Iwata did reveal was that the company did have plans for a new product that would be health-related. That being said Nintendo’s history is more about gaming so what would they know about health? Well perhaps they might acquire a company or merge with a company whose expertise is there. (more…)

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    Nintendo DS Games Headed To Wii U’s Virtual Console

    nintendo-ds-wii-uNintendo is a company that is going through rough times these days, and we have heard that while the company intends to get out of this rut the old fashioned way – through hard work and some luck on the side, those of you waiting to receive news of a cheaper Wii U console will be disappointed. The thing is, word on the street has it that Nintendo could look into a health related solution to their current woes for the future, but at times, it might be best to patch up a leaking boat by looking into one’s past success and surviving on an extraordinary catalog of games. This is what might happen – Nintendo President Satoru Iwata (after getting a pay cut of course) did share that Nintendo could work on bringing their DS library to the Wii U via the Virtual Console.

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    Nintendo Wii U Will Not Receive A Price Cut

    wiiufirmware-delayOne of the defining features of the Nintendo Wii U would be its GamePad. The GamePad, for those unfamiliar, is essentially a second screen for the Wii U, always gamers to stream games from the Wii U onto it for times when the television might be in use. It is also used as a gaming accessory. However apparently there is some confusion regarding the GamePad, at least according to analyst David Gibson who tweeted during Nintendo’s investor call that one of the Wii U’s weakness, according to Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata, would be how the GamePad is being thought of as an accessory for the Wii, instead of the Wii U.

    Gibson also mentioned that there will be no price cuts for the Wii U anytime soon, which we guess is bad news for gamers who were hoping that during Nintendo’s troubles that a price cut would be in order in a bid to help drum up some sales. It was recently that Iwata took to stage to announce some of their plans for the Wii U’s future, one of which might involve the creation of apps and not games for mobile devices. He also suggested that failing to target the kids demographic could be one of the reasons why the Wii U is doing badly as well. Iwata also suggested that Nintendo’s future could include a platform that would be health-related, an interesting departure from the company’s current core competency which are games. What do you guys think? Do you agree that recognition of the Wii U is one of the reason it isn’t doing so well?

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    Nintendo Will Develop Apps For Mobile, But Not Games

    nintendo-logoIt seems like after a little back and forth, Nintendo has come forward to announce that they will be releasing apps on smartphones, but not in the way that many had initially imagined. During a business presentation by Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata, he revealed that Nintendo would be developing apps for mobile devices that would in a way act as an introduction/advertisement to gamers that would make them want to buy more hardware and software from Nintendo. However Iwata did clearly state that these apps are not games and that they have no plans on introducing any of Nintendo’s games onto mobile.

    According to Iwata, “I have not given any restrictions to the development team, even not ruling out the possibility of making games or using our game characters. However, if you report that we will release Mario on smart devices, it would be a completely misleading statement.” It seems that Nintendo’s stubbornness is still holding strong, but whether or not it will pay off remains to be seen. Earlier Nintendo announced several plans that they had for the future. One of them was how the company planned on releasing a new platform that would be health-related, which was a pretty interesting turn of events.

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    Nintendo’s Plans For The Future Could Be Health Related

    sign-on-nintendo-company-hqNintendo is taking a lot of heat at the moment, namely due to the poor performance of the Wii U which has many, investors, fans, gamers, worried about the company’s future. Well it looks like Nintendo has a new plan for 2015-2016 and that is to release a new platform. This seems to be in line with the rumors that we have heard on how Nintendo could be prepping new consoles, but if you were thinking that their new platforms are for gaming, think again. According to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata announced that they will be exploring a new platform that will be health-related, not game related.

    With the market already flooded with wearable technology, such as smartwatches, fitness bands, and so on, Nintendo will instead be headed in the opposite direction with “non-wearables” that will help to monitor your health. For those wondering what on earth are non-wearables, Iwata stated that they will be sharing additional details about their new business later on during the year of 2014, and will launch it for the fiscal year through March 2016. This is an interesting approach and it looks like Nintendo could be branching out of the games industry into something else. Will this work out for them? We guess we will just have to wait and see.

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    Not Targeting Children Could Be Why The Wii U Is Failing

    nintendo-wii-u-gamepadThe Nintendo Wii U is not doing very well at the moment. According to the latest figures, Nintendo only managed to sell 2.4 million Wii U units in the last 9 months, a number which was dwarfed by the likes of Sony and Microsoft who sold just as many, if not more, of their next-gen consoles in a much shorter time span. It was to the point where Nintendo executives agreed to take pay cuts as an apology of sorts for the company’s poor performance. That being said, what’s wrong with the Wii U that is causing it to not sell well? According to Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata, he believes that not catering enough for children could be the reason.

    Speaking to a Japanese newspaper (translated by Cubed3), Iwata felt that Nintendo was not targeting children enough with the Wii U, unlike the Nintendo 3DS which has been doing pretty well for itself. This is likely due to the diverse range of software available for the 3DS and probably the way the Wii U has been marketed as well, which Iwata feels has strayed too far from the kids demographic. Iwata has mentioned that Nintendo is exploring new strategies which he will be sharing with the public in the near future. In the meantime what do you guys think? Is not targeting kids one of the reasons the Wii U is failing?

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