Nintendo would be foolish to develop for apple products. A 30% tax on all gaming profits and helping propel their biggest rival more casy would be stupid. If they wanted to branch out android is a better bet. They would have a better position to negotiate temrs and google would likely jump at the opertunity to expand games for tablets and smartphones.
This is exactly why you don't blindly follow the advice of an investment firm. Nintendo is doing the right thing by not developing for their rival's platform. If anything Nintendo should make a rival phone kind of like what Sony is doing or better yet license out a gaming platform that can be run on top of Android/WebOS/iOS/BBOS etc.
"Nintendo should aggressively make acquisitions or increase returns to its shareholders," said Ii, president of Tokyo-based Commons Asset Management Inc., which held 2,200 Nintendo shares as of February. "It’s management’s task to consider how to make use of the cash."
And then suddenly the housing market bubble pops and . . . oh wait, this is gaming. My bad, yea listen to the investors there's nothing that could possibly go wrong with buying out the flavor of the week on the casual 5 min to beat kinds of games. Those kinds of games are totally gonna stay around forever and no one will ever get bored with them and can totally sustain a failing market that was doing the exact same thing in 1985. I mean, the stock market will only crash once right? Right?
An investor is out to make a quick buck and ride any and all the latest fads to the fullest.
A CEO is out there molding a company into a living art form so to speak. He isn't gonna build it up for something that doesn't last for longer than 5 minutes, just to throw it away for something else...
So the investors read the last Buzz letter and all of a sudden their investment should be all about the rival pretty much saying sorry we dont believe in our own products. Who are the real danger? The investors or the competition?
I doubt anyone official from Nintendo will see this, but here it goes.
1) Drop the Wii U. We don't want it, it will cost to much.
2) Give us what we do want, and Wii +. Give us HDMI, enough power to run modern games, etc. Open it up to developers so we get more 3rd party titles.
3) Admit that handheld consoles are done. We don't want to carry 5 devices with us. Limp along with the 3DS until you can get your smartphone gaming stuff setup. You don't need to develop for Apple, Droid is fine.
If nintendo develops for the iOS which is a big mistake, they should make a crappy limited game for it. So enough so people can get there jolly.
Also iOS games sell for way less ($1-9) compared to $20-$50 for a DS game, so there is no where near the same budget to develop a good game. No one will buy a $20 iphone game. Everyone that games on smartphones are cheap. I really don't know how anyone could make money making iOS games when the sell for so cheap, even if demand is high, and the fact Apply takes its apple tax, that leaves developers with next to nothing.
1) just be Nintendo. Develop for your own hardware (as long as you have it). NEVER develop for the competition, it will just eat your own marketshare.
2) Don't be fooled into Android. Android is as open as bank vault. A crooked platform and aparantly a money stash for rival companies (like Microsoft who piggy back on every e.g. HTC device sold or Oracle or every jack-shit ashole company in the goddamn world).
3) Just BE there. Don't dissapear, don't fade away amidst take-overs and other trouble. Just be calm, when you have success then save up the money for the bad times (they will come) and use your savings to keep afloat inbetween business-recessions. They come and go like the sun and the rain. Eventually ppl will come back. Once they realise that iOS is nothing more than a glorified mp3... euhm...sorry... AAC-player and that Android is a spiders-web into corporate turmoil.
Both platforms are fashion platforms. Targetted to the wrong audience.
E.g. iPhone is an ipod combined with a cell-phone. But iPod's are for youth unfortunatly the iPhone is so expensive that youth can't afford them so they end up in the hands of business-men. But iPhone is not designed with business-ppl in mind! Wrong product for the current market.
The facts are this. The only smartphones with games in mind are currently the SE Xperia play and a long forgotten Nokia model from some distant past.
Let's be honest, playing games on a touch screen just SUCKS!
I kind of agree with the investors. While I disagree that we don't need "yet another" console, the gaming industry is clearly going towards phones and tablets. It might just be a fad, but that's where the money is for now.
Nintendo doesn't have to invest considerable time and money in this, they simply have to port their AAA titles from the NES to Gamecube era. Fast and easy money.
Meh, I am happy with what Nintendo is doing. Focusing on innovative products rather than raw power. Microsoft's Kinect has supplanted this a bit, which I think is a good thing. But I don't need HD games. I need FUN games. Games that have creative stories and more creative game mechanics. I don't need another 3rd person shooter. Or even 1st person shooter. Part of the reason games like Super Metroid were so fun was the limitations and progression of fewer restrictions on movement provided by a 2d environment...
[citation][nom]4745454b[/nom]I doubt anyone official from Nintendo will see this, but here it goes.1) Drop the Wii U. We don't want it, it will cost to much.2) Give us what we do want, and Wii +. Give us HDMI, enough power to run modern games, etc. Open it up to developers so we get more 3rd party titles.3) Admit that handheld consoles are done. We don't want to carry 5 devices with us. Limp along with the 3DS until you can get your smartphone gaming stuff setup. You don't need to develop for Apple, Droid is fine.4) ???5) Profit![/citation]
How can something cost too much when we dont even know what the official price will be? It could be $200. it could be $400. All we've heard in rumors is 300 to 350 range but nothing concrete.