The struggling Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has recently announced that it has succumbed to the pressures surrounding its business as they have decided to develop games for the smartphone market. This comes after years of financial troubles and sitting in the red as Nintendo’s main business has been taken over by the likes of the Xbox and Play Station as well as seeing decreasing sales in the portable console sector. Nintendo’s main product, the Wii U has fallen flat in its sales as it has been swept away by the competition of the Xbox One and the PS4. The damage has become so severe that Nintendo have had to break their resolution of not making games for the smartphone platform. Nintendo have always been negative towards said platform, and in fact any external platforms as they have pursued almost all Youtubers for making Nintendo related gaming content.
We have been told that Nintendo intends to release their first game instalment in the latter months of 2015 with 5 games being planned in total. Planning to make each game a hit with the wider audience, Nintendo have pledged extended support to all the upcoming titles. No word has been said on what the titles are going to be, but expect to see an Italian Plumber running about somewhere.
Personally, I see this as a white flag of surrender from Nintendo. They have finally sensed that the Wii U is shambolic and will never achieve any acclaim as a console, especially in the west. The DS is really being stretched and milked for all its worth and now Nintendo has had to turn to the last place from where they can draw income. Granted, they did just announce their first positive financial earnings report, but the signs of improvement aren’t positive just yet. Nintendo for so long have gone on past glories of the 80s and 90s and are now paying the price. This could well be the beginning of the end for Nintendo.