Nintendo, for the last thirty years has seen unparallel success in the ever changing video game industry. Nintendo battled against their contemporaries, Atari and Sega for market share dominance in the mid 80's through late 90's. They have even managed to fend off new comers like Sony and Microsoft line of gaming consoles well into the new millenia.
Nintendo's streak has apparently come to a sudden halt, with the release of the Wii U. The console is a perplexing piece of machinery at best, underpowered hardware and barely any radical physical transformation from its predecessor are some of the main gripes. A sentiment echoed by a UK Nintendo Exec. “There is a big misconception at launch about what Wii U is and one of the big messages is that this is a new console and a new controller”.
The competition this time around is fierce to put it lightly, and it's coming from every possible imaginable avenue. As one brash EA Exec. chimed in on game creator Miyamoto and the company's overall outlook. "He's falling down on the job. And for the past five years that job has been taken over by a dead guy from Cupertino. Customers today... are generally looking for a single fabric of play. They want their game where they want it, when they want it, and at a price they can defend to other people."
This blunt analysis comes with a very dense sense of truth. Tablets and phones are overtaking the market at an alarming rate. Sony and Microsoft are now readying their next generation consoles which will dwarf the Wii U in all aspects. Nintendo is pinning their hopes on their Beatles like catalog of first party titles to restore them back to profitability. Now the question industry experts and consumer is, can Nintendo leave everything to its namesake?