Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, Rayman creator Michel Ancel, who recently released Rayman Legends alongside Ubisoft Montpellier, spoke about how innovation was Nintendo’s greatest strength but also its greatest weakness due to the nature of risk-taking.
“Nintendo’s greatest strength, and its greatest weakness, is innovation. It’s a company that takes a lot of risks. Few people understand that innovation involves risk-taking, because you don’t control everything on the market. Today, the biggest surprises seem to come from Nintendo. People may like those surprises or not, but that’s a fact. Miiverse was a surprise, the GamePad was a surprise. What will come next? I can’t wait!”
While criticisms of innovation have been relatively less with the Wii U, the console has been criticized for its distinct lack of third party support, indie games and first party titles. The console has seen meandering sales, with analysts predicting that a solid Holiday lineup will determine the fate of the console going forward.