The launch of the Nintendo Switch, the new transforming mobile/home console, made fanboys’ hearts palpitate, but sent investors running. The company’s stock dipped 10 percent and The Wall Street Journal reported investors are calling on Nintendo to give up on the console market and move to mobile.
I agree with the investors — partially. Nintendo should definitely give up on consoles, but it would absolutely be their spiritual death if they went all in on mobile apps. No one wants to see Legend of Zelda boiled down to a travesty you could play on an iPhone one-handed riding the bus.
Since the Gamecube, Nintendo has been the runt of the litter in each generation’s batch of consoles. Their amazing game series like Mario, Metroid, and Smash Bros have been restricted to the walled garden that is Nintendo exclusivity. Almost all gamers want to try out the new Smash, but no one wanted to drop 300 bucks on a crappy Wii U.
Nintendo can be applauded for daring to innovate with their consoles instead of just upgrading hardware like Xbox and Sony. But the innovations of the Wii and Wii U, quickly turned into gimmicks when major third party developers gave up on making games utilizing the motion sensors or touch pad.
Sure the new Switch looks promising, but once you lose one of those detachable controller pucks, you’ll be cursing its existence. The Switch simply stands as the barrier between gamers and truly amazing Nintendo originals.
The greatest gift Nintendo could give gamers is to give up on consoles. Just image a world where Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild could be purchased on Xbox, Playstation, and PC. Where Nintendo could focus on pumping out Metroid games, and not let the franchise stagnate for six years. Where Smash could finally get a legit online multiplayer, ranked matches, tournaments.
Nintendo should go the way of Sega, but actually make good games. They have so many valuable intellectual properties that could be allowed to flourish, free of the restriction of their sub-par consoles.
It’s not like consoles are very profitable anyway. The Wii U was sold at a loss at launch.
And seriously, screw mobile. Pokemon GO was cool for like three weeks and the Super Mario Run craze probably won’t last even that long. Nintendo should tap the market as the cash cow it is without losing sight of what’s really important.
As for future DS’s and handhelds, I don’t really care (there still needs to be a place for real Pokemon games). Just give me a PC Zelda. I would do anything. Even tattoo “Nintendo boy 4 lyfe” on my lower back if that’s the sick price Miyamoto requested for trashing consoles for good.