It has been a good year (or two or 3) for Nintendo. 2 hit platforms in the DS and Wii. Tons of games sold for both systems. But if there is one thing that Nintendo should watch out for, it’s arrogance. Just because they are once again on top of the gaming world with their blue ocean strategy doesn’t mean Sony and Microsoft are giving up. Case in point – According to the latest stats, the PSP overtook the DS, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS2 in sales last week, propelled by the newest handheld installment of the Final Fantasy series, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
A Final Fantasy VII spinoff propelling the PSP past the DS in Japan where Nintendo has a virtual stranglehold of the current generation and portable markets. Imagine what a full fledged Final Fantasy game can do.
Note to Nintendo: Do not underestimate what those Square Enix exclusives can do.
Another important note for Nintendo: Do not underestimate what Metal Gear Solid 4 can do.
Nintendo has been content to cater mainly to casual and non gamers that they have overlooked the core gamer. You think i’m being biased? Mention ONE hardcore game coming out for Nintendo’s Wii this holiday season.
I thought so.
Anyway, what i’m saying is Nintendo is falling into the same mindset that doomed it when the Playstation launched. No strong third party support. Arrogance about being the current “leader”.
If Nintendo doesn’t prepare for the inevitable time when the novelty of the DS and the Wii’s control functions fade, then they will be having problems again especially from Microsoft. Microsoft has deep pockets while Sony is struggling in its consumer electronics division. Sure, MS doesnt even made a dent into the crusty Japanese Market but something tells me that they will eventually find a way around that problem.
Inspired by a post from Engadget