Deathwatch: Nintendo RIP?
Okay, so maybe we’re exaggerating a bit there, but the Japanese game giants are in a sticky patch and no mistake, after announcing a net loss of 70.3bn yen (£579m) in the past six months – their first ever loss.
It’s all being blamed on the fairly disastrous birth of the Nintendo 3DS, which hasn’t exactly set the world alight and had a pretty hasty price cut a few months after it was launched. The sharp rise in the value of the yen is also being blamed, although you can blame pretty much anything on that these days.
Although we’re pretty certain that Nintendo isn’t going to evaporate before our very eyes, everything sort of now hinges on the success of the Wii U, the forthcoming console sequel. If that’s a flop as well, where will Nintendo go next?
Do people still even want to fork out on handheld consoles and spend around £25 per game when they can do more or less the same on their smartphones and pay only 69p? Just what was the last truly classic Wii game? When will Mario and Luigi be eligible for their old age pensions? Your thoughts?