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Naughty Dog co-founder sees Nintendo as "irrelevant"

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Since the release and prior to the release of the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has been the odd man out. Many people have questioned where Nintendo stands in the mix of all of it, not having a new console to debut. However, the company has had a strong line up of games this year for their existing consoles.

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In the most recent episode of Bonus Round, Geoff Keighly talks with some members of the gaming industry about the role of publishes, sequels and innovations as well as hardware. Present were Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin, Original Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley, and Wedbuch Securities' digital analyst Michael Patcher.

During the episode the group discussed how sequels affect the gaming market as well as the purpose of publishers in the industry. But the discussion moved to hardware where Nintendo came into focus.

During the discussion Patcher predicted the Wii U would only sell about 20% of what the Wii sold. Rubin then gave his predictions, says that the success that Sony and Microsoft had seen had been in part due to Nintendo stumbling with their hardware.

"Nintendo is irrelevant as a hardware manufacturer in the console business right now," Rubin says. Blackley added, "[it's] sad that Nintendo hasn't assumed their position in the constellation of giants."

While Nintendo has an amazing line up of games Rubin says, "it's a crime that we do not play those games on the systems we have."

Even though Nintendo is introducing new handhelds like the 2DS, they are lacking in hardware. This doesn't mean they don't have good hardware, the Wii and Wii U have tremendous potential, however, the market is fully saturated with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles at the moment the already existing consoles seem to be overlooked. With Nintendo only having sold 3.61 millions units world-wide since launch, it's a painfully obvious that they are not preferred in hardware where Sony's PlayStation 4 sold over 1 million units in 24 hours and Xbox One not too far behind.

Having launched the Wii U last year Nintendo may not have found it necessary to compete directly via hardware, which is why their focus has been on creating new software. But, to think of them as "irrelevant" may be a bit of a stretch. What are your opinions?

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