As a kid, I idolized this man. I read Nintendo Power almost religiously. As far as I was concerned, this man was Nintendo. As I got older and read more about him, my perception of him changed somewhat. While I still respect the man, like Steve Jobs, this man built these amazing products by being a ruthless businessman. But despite his business practices, or perhaps because of it, Nintendo created some of the most memorable gaming experiences in my childhood. He put the consumer experience over everything else, and thats what I will remember him for.
Hard to believe they are still losing money on each console sold. Looks unlikely a price cut will be in the plans any time soon.
A great read if you know how to program. Even if you don’t, it makes an interesting skim through.
Nintendo’s in trouble right now. Nintendo, I think, waited two years too long to launch a competitive, high definition console…I think by the time they did launch a console which stacks up really well, the other two guys [Sony and Microsoft] passed them by, and I think they’re in a world of trouble right now.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say Nintendo is in trouble, but they have definitely waited too long. Between the poor marketing of the Wii U, and the lack of real third party support, its hard to take the console seriously anymore. Even in terms of sales, Sony and Microsoft have been able to out sell the console. It’s become a distant third, and the only thing that can save Nintendo is a new console to keep pace with with the other contenders.
Update Dec. 31, 2021:
It looks like Nintendo found their "mojo" again with the Nintendo Switch. As of December 31st, 2021, The Switch is now Nintendo's best selling console of all time.
And truly captures Wario’s character.
EA Senior Software Engineer and Architect, Bob Summerwill takes to twitter (Then quickly deletes his tweets) regarding the Wii U. This comes days after EA announced it has no future plans to develop games for the console.