Nintendo will not be the next SEGA

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For some reason, many are convinced that Nintendo is doomed (it’s not) and that the best course of action for the Japanese company would be to do a SEGA; abandon the hardware business and stick to just making those incredible games. Well, it’s not happening.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who’s already proven himself to be a bit of a forward-thinking guy, believes that while going multiplatform might help in the short term, it certainly won’t do the company any favours over time.

“If I was to take responsibility for the company for just the next one or two years, and if I was not concerned about the long-term future of Nintendo at all, it might make sense for us to provide our important franchises for other platforms, and then we might be able to gain some short-term profit,“ he told CVG.

“However, I’m really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all.”

And he’s right. Nintendo’s rich and unique library of games is the reason people buy Nintendo’s hardware. It’s certainly not because of the lacklustre 3rd party lineup.

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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