Ex EA COO Bing Gordon’s bleak prediction
In an interview, Gordon recently predicted that Nintendo is likely to go down the same route as former rival Sega, and become a software-only developer. Sega hit a low point in 2001 after poor sales of the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast systems, instead consolidating their losses to focus on producing games for other consoles. This allowed them to concentrate on their games franchises and recoup losses, and paved the way for games featuring both Sonic and Mario– something that would’ve been unthinkable 15 years ago.
Gordon claims that Nintendo’s first annual loss is a precursor to Nintendo suffering the same fate (evidently revealing his thoughts on the upcoming Wii U), which he believes will lead to Nintendo turning their most famous franchises into apps available on mobile devices and potentially other systems.
Of course, he may be biased; he’s now a board member for Zynga, the games developer that brought us FarmVille and Mafia Wars on Facebook, so perhaps he’s just trying to reinforce the thought that apps are the future of gaming. On the other side of the coin, the 3DS is overcoming its rocky start (much as Wii and DS did), so maybe he’s wrong. He did get one thing right though, praising Shigeru Miyamoto’s innovation “When [he] makes a perfect game…it’s worth buying a system for”. So how will this affect Gordon’s prediction? Only time, and the Wii U’s release, will tell.
Source: The Escapist
Nintendo piracy ring broken
Customs officials in Korea are claiming to have uncovered and shut down a piracy ring composed mostly of bootleg Nintendo DS software. Over 90000 pirated games and copying devices were seized, amounting to over 87 milllion US dollars, in the covert operation which has been carried out since April this year.
Most of the games were sold to adolescents and children, meaning prosecution of the buyers is unlikely (as well as the sheer numbers of sales made). 15 of the games pirates were alleged to have avoided authorities by changing IP addresses and basing themselves at various internet cafés. Nintendo is infamous for being hard on piracy of their games, and even created iQue for the Chinese market to get around this problem. Does such a huge operation by so few people represent precedent enough for Nintendo to make a similar move with their handheld software?
Nintendo’s OTHER interests…
This is technically Sports news, but it’s still Nintendo news, weirdly. In the early 1990s, Nintendo bought the baseball team the Seattle Mariners, which upset many fans because at the time the idea of a foreign company owning a home team was almost unheard of (how times have changed).
Yesterday, Mariners player Ichiro Suzuki left the team as he felt that he was of no use to the predominantly twenty-something team. He was traded to the New York Yankees after a press conference in which he thanked CEO’s past and present, Hiroshi Yamauchi and Satotu Iwata, as well as NoA head, Dear ol’ Reggie Fils-Aime. Now why didn’t I know Nintendo owned this team before now?!