‘It Would Sadden Me Greatly To See Nintendo Move out of the Hardware Business’ – Andy Nealen

“I think Nintendo is here to stay as a hardware developer.”

Posted By | On 25th, Mar. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Andy Nealen is a man totally in tune with the intricacies of the gaming world- he was the developer of Osmos, which was a breakout hit on PC and especially iOS devices. He also specializes in computer graphics and is a consultant at Hemisphere Games. Andy also handles his day to day responsibilities as a professor of Game Engineering and Design at NYU Poly.

Some time ago, Nealen and I had the chance to discuss video games, and trends pertaining to them. One of the things I asked him about was Nintendo- or more specifically, Nintendo as a hardware company. While the quality of Nintendo’s games continues to be impeccable as always, on the hardware front, they are taking a beating, with the Wii U and 3DS on track to become their lowest selling console and handheld ever respectively, and with the Wii U especially having been so toxic for them – in terms of public perception, install base, audience retention, third party support, and of course, finances – that they are going to have to undergo the ignominy of having to discontinue it after just four years on the market and introduce a new console, which is currently known as the NX.

What does Nealen think, I asked him? Will the Nintendo NX do well? Does Nintendo actually have a future in the market as a console manufacturer?

“Nintendo is the most out of the left field game developer company that I know of,” Nealen said, laughing. “It’s- predicting them is like predicting the stock market! It’s like, if I say anything about Nintendo right now, it’s probably going to be wrong. I mean yeah, every now and then they’ll make a piece of hardware that’s goofy and doesn’t succeed… and then they’ll come out with a new piece of hardware that just prints money. So I think Nintendo is here to stay even as a hardware developer. That’s what my gut feeling says. They must have a war chest that’s the size of a small country. Because they made so much money off of the 3DS- 3DS has printed so much money, right? There’s that funny viral GIF that goes ‘It prints money,’ right? So yeah, they spend a fortune on development- and every now and then, they put out hardware that doesn’t sell close to what they need for it to have been worth their time. But then they put out something that’s so successful, that they probably have enough money to do another 20 years of research and development.

He went on to say that a gaming market without Nintendo hardware would be almost less magical- because Nintendo designs its hardware and software in tandem, and because its hardware tends to be so quirky and unlike anything else out there.

“Because of all the designs that they do being so intricately tied to their hardware, I really doubt that Nintendo is- I mean, I don’t know, because I have no insider information whatsoever, but I can’t see… it would sadden me greatly to see Nintendo move out of the hardware business. I mean, the New 3DS XL, with the eye tracking, that has stable 3D, is amazing. I love that so much- I can actually play Super Smash Bros. on my 3DS, with the 3D turned on, and it works! No flickering, no headaches. I am so in love with it. And- yeah, it’s magical.”

So yes, that’s another member of the development community who seems to be bullish on Nintendo, going forward. On the whole, it seems like developers are actually excited for whatever it is Nintendo is concocting this time around. As for what exactly it might turn out to be? We don’t know yet, but we should find out soon, hopefully.

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  • Jimmy Boy

    LOL Mixed statements about the 3DS, with one being the lowest selling handheld, yet it’s selling so well, it’s printing money! I believe you mean the DS was selling so well, it was printing money- same with the Wii. The 3DS is actually dropping in sales every year since 2013, and if it continues into fiscal 2016 (begins April 1, 2016), then there’s a chance the Wii U could OUTSELL the 3DS!! It’s not looking good on either front for current Nintendo, that’s why they’ve gone back to the drawing board.

  • Donovan Tull

    Worst selling handheld Nintendo’s ever made means very little. It’s handhelds have always been enormously successful- and the 3DS, while not the success you expect of Nintendo handhelds, has nonetheless been a smash hit.

    Also, discontinuing it after 4 years? We have no reason to believe this. Nintendo hasn’t told us when NX is coming out. And one of the few things they did tell us about it seemed to suggest it would not replace Wii U or 3DS, but rather be added to Nintendo’s consoles on the market.

  • onstrike112

    Time for Nintendo to start making games where they’re meant to be played… On the PC.

    • marloc_x

      I think even a high-end PC would have trouble rendering this much fun.

    • onstrike112

      It’d be more fun for me given that Nintendo devices are a waste of money.

  • Fierce_Deity_link

    watch project nx combine every nintedno innovation with a smartphone, and become a device of communication that plays console games on the big screen. all we know for sure (98.4% SURE THAT IS, WE ONLY KNOW SPECULATION AND RUMOR) is that it will be incredibly powerful.

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