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Atari founder says Nintendo faces 'path to irrelevance'

Nintendo faces a 'path to irrelevance' says Atari founder Nolan Bushnell (TYO:7974)

| Gaming Consoles News | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 5:30 am

Nintendo isn't in the best position right now, facing low sales on its 'next-gen' Wii U console. But the Japanese company is about to face an entire new world of hurt once the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft launch in the coming weeks and months.

 

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Now we have Atari founder Nolan Bushnell rubbing salt in the wound during an interview with the BBC, saying that Nintendo was left in a "very difficult position" and could be on a "path to irrelevance." Games analysts are currently drawing parallels between the two companies, comparing the Atari Jaguar console from 1993, and the Nintendo Wii U.

 

He had quite a lot to say: "I don't think handheld game-only devices make sense anymore. Not when you have an iPod or an Android microtablet. When it comes to the console market, I think the market is truncating. Nintendo always had a soft spot for young people - they sort of did the 12-and-under pretty well, and the other guys did the 12-and-over. And now I think the other [consoles] are good enough on those things, and the rush to upgrade from the 12-and-under is not nearly as important."

 

I really think we'll see Nintendo fold in on itself, and become a services/game-making company. We've already seen it with another Japanese gaming giant from yesteryear: Sega. If Nintendo concentrated on just making great games for more than one platform (Xbox One, PS4, Android, iOS, etc) then they could really turn things around.

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Bbc.co.uk

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