Nintendo, Say Hello To Sony

Is it over for Nintendo thanks to Sony's Playstation 4?

Japan has finally had its launch of Sony's Playstation 4. During its launch week, over 322,000 consoles were sold in the home market. How is Nintendo handling this?

Nintendo 3DS console sales have been on the decline since last year's 74,000 to 41,000, and then to 30,000 sold during the week of February 23rd. This says quite a lot, especially when the PS4 and 3DS don't have the same audience or price tag.

Nintendo thought that in preparation for Sony's PS4 launch that they'd launch a new Dragon's Quest Monsters title for the 3DS in hopes it'd help, but it seems that it didn't get them very far.

Is Nintendo doomed?

With Nintendo's significant drop in sales, especially during the PS4 debut, it's safe to say that consumer interest in Japan has changed. The Wii U's sales are pretty dead - even in Japan. All Nintendo has is depending on their 3DS, and not even that is a safe bet any longer.

North American and European markets are dominated by Xbox and Playstation consoles. Nintendo's only hope to stay alive is for solid 3DS sales in Japan, in my opinion... allowing other games on their system for a sales boost, or possibly make a move with Mario to the iPad in order to survive despite their claims of never going mobile. A move like this may need to come sooner than Nintendo may have expected.

Don't you think Nintendo is making a mistake by ignoring mobile? Will Sony be the end of Nintendo?

Do you think Nintendo is done for?

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Venisia is really just a kid in adult form. She is a published author, photographer, artist, executive assistant, public relations coordinator, game writer, gamer of 35+ years, geek, nerd, singer, dancer, senior editor, freelance journalist, comic & film aficionado, podcaster, activist, and volunteer. Venisia is a huge fan of comics, anime, EVERY genre of gaming, dance, horror/martial arts films, Doctor Who, Daleks, Star Wars, Monty Python, Flash Gordon, Black Dynamite, and anything by Mel Brooks (who doesn't appreciate Spaceballs?).

Published Mar. 3rd 2014
  • Theodor Nakov
    I wish nintendo had more powerfull graphics to release games like battlefield GTA, Motorstorm I wish soo much this will help them a lot :(
  • Jayboy224
    Don't count Nintendo out yet, because the reason the Wii U is doing so badly is simply because no games are coming out for it. I think with this year games, Nintendo will show everyone that they are still in the business. With the long awaited Smash 4, Mario Kart 8, new DK, possibly new Zelda, Metroid or StarFox, there will finally be good reasons to buy a Wii U. That is, if they don't screw it up.
  • Brian_7598
    Sure it would help if the WiiU had more games, but Nintendo is failing on other fronts. Digital distribution could be more user friendly, not locked to one console but one account. Their multiplayer/networking has never been very good. Their online store last I checked wasn't very good either. Their platform itself is week, they haven't kept up with their competitors. And the WiiU appears to have confused people in it's marketing. Looking at the tablet takes the player away from what's happening on screen. It seems like Nintendo isn't trying hard, or their focusing on the wrong fronts. They need to pay more attention to the user experience.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
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    All excellent points gentlemen. Nintendo definitely needs to "up their game" on numerous levels to remain in the game so to speak. I'd like to see some new ideas on games, other than the throwback rehashes. I want Nintendo to be around for many years to come.
  • Fathoms_4209
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    I made the mistake of counting out Nintendo after the GameCube, and they went and blew up with the Wii. I won't ever again underestimate Nintendo.

    That being said, I think they made a huge mistake with the Wii U, and they'll either have to introduce another console to stay competitive with the PS4 and Xbox One, or they'll have to simply bow out of the console realm.

    Not that that would be the end of the world. They've got a stranglehold on the handheld market; the Vita isn't doing much and despite the declining 3DS sales, Nintendo still dominates that area.

    Wouldn't be such a bad thing to see Mario on other platforms, though. Hey, Sega went third-party after the Dreamcast died; it was the only way they could stay alive.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I'll agree with you there. I love Nintendo, don't get me wrong but they're struggling and it's no secret. Their handheld is great but so is Playstation's Vita but they're just not doing enough with it. I want to see Nintendo survive, they've been around forever. Yet changes will have to be made in order for them to remain a formidable contender in today's age of consoles.
  • Byron_2972
    I have feared this for a long time for Nintendo. I have always been a huge Nintendo fan but they haven't been a console power house since the n64. They aren't putting the effort into evolving. I really think the 3ds is going to be the swan song for Nintendo....
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I really hope it will be but they need to do more to be ahead of everyone now. Like I said in the article North American and European market are dominated by the Xbox and Playstation and in its own home market Nintendo is struggling. When you have to dip into your own personal funds to keep your legacy of a company going, that's a clear sign there's a problem somewhere.

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