Monday, 27 May 2013

What I Would Do if I Were Nintendo

Nintendo are an interesting company. They are the spiritual fathers of the gaming industry, they possess an unrivaled legacy and yet are equal parts revered and equal parts mocked. They have a huge string of massive successes, some flops and plenty of struggles. One thing for sure is that everyone has their opinion when it comes to Nintendo. Personally I love them but there is a lot I think they need to do to stay on top. 

More Emphasis On First Party Games

Nintendo possess the greatest library of first party software on the planet. Mario and Zelda are the flagship system sellers and every generation has games in those series but I feel like they should step things up. If they used other franchises like Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Metroid, F-Zero, Pilot Wings, Animal Crossing (you get the picture) in the same way they used Mario and Zelda then every generation, heck every year, would feature dozens of awesome games. If they balanced this iteration with new IPs then they could almost sustain a console solely through first party releases. This would obviously be a long term plan and is not necessarily specific to the Wii U but its something that I feel could really turn the company into an unstoppable behemoth. 

Dramatic Wii U Price Cut

The PS4 and Xbox One are unlikely to be sub £400. That’s a lot of money and a lot of people won’t/can’t pay it. So Nintendo should go for the jugular and charge £199 for the Basic Wii U and have Nintendo Land as a pack in. Maybe charge £250 for the Premium and, again, pack in Nintendo Land. They'd be selling the console at a big loss but, combined with the drive in sales from the new Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros. and Mario Kart they could rake the money in. It would be a big risk but it could have a huge pay off, plus the look on Sony and Microsoft’s faces would be utterly hilarious. 

Increase The Size of The Company

In order for my first suggestion to work Nintendo’s development teams would need to grow massively. Nintendo famously have smaller development teams and stretch them thin. They also have bags of money. I say pump this into games development and churn out tons of killer first party stuff in current franchises, old franchises and new ones. This is another high risk, high reward idea but just imagine it, we get less than ten home console first party games a year from Nintendo (usually), what if we got one per month? Combine this with second party and third party games and the Wii U, and every other Nintendo console, would be unstoppable. Failing this of course getting other companies to help would work, look at how well Retro Studios handled Metroid. 

What do you all think? Are there any things you want Nintendo to change or start? Let me know in the comments. 

1 comment:

  1. Great post using good words, enjoyed it, thanks