A version of this article originally posted July 24, 2013.




  • dawg338 - January 20, 2014 4:55 p.m.

    I agree that Nintendo should go back to their roots and drop the gimmick control systems. Let's go retro and do a new Nintendo NES type system, but with dvds or mini-discs (like those used in Japan and Resident Evil where they are contained in a plastic shell for protection a la the old 3.5 disks.) With this "new" system they should launch with a new Mario and or Zelda along with Metroid and maybe even Kid Icarus. Get other game companies onboard to release new versions of their popular titles such as Capcom and Ghosts 'n Goblins and Konami with Contra and Castlevania, old style. Not only will older gamers get on board with nostagia drool, new gamers may enjoy them as well. Keep the ability to download old titles to this system from the online store, but lower the price. SNES titles should be like $3, NES $2, Gameboy $1, etc. It will never happen though, sadly.
  • talleyXIV - January 20, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Why do we have to constantly read Nintendoom articles when Sony's Playstation division posts losses every single year? I am not rooting for one company or another (even though my profile pic shows otherwise) I am just annoyed of this stuff. These articles are so ridiculously pointless when we know that Nintendo is going to be fine. It's pretty clear how this is going to turn out: either Nintendo somehow turns a 180 on the Wii U like they did with the 3DS or they abandon it which I don't think would be a bad idea at this point. The 3DS sales are simply too ridiculous at this point to think that Nintendo is any danger at all.
  • Relayer71 - January 19, 2014 9:04 p.m.

    Nintendo's lucky in that they always bounce back thanks to both having some great exclusives that gamers still care about AND having concurrent systems - the Wii-U isn't doing great but the 3DS, just like when the GBA picked up the Gamecube's slack. What surprises me is their poor timing. If you're going to launch a system, why not go with your BIG GUNS? Why do they wait a year or more after a system launch to bring out the Zelda/Mario/Pikmin/Pokemon/Etc.? Also, they really should just stick to creating a basic no-frills gaming system. They've proven that their franchises are still popular (and worth playing) so why on earth did they have to release the Wii-U with that gimmicky screen/controller? The money could have been better spent on a more powerful GPU/CPU. The last Nintendo home console I picked up was the Gamecube. I LOVE the Gamecube, one of the best and most underrated systems of all time. The Wii's weak library and their focus on the casual gamer turned me off and the Wii U, well, see above. But their handhelds have always had the most fantastic and well-rounded libraries AND they're JRPG machines of which I am a die-hard fan. So Nintendo, why not release a Wii-U update that is less expensive and comes with a standard controller and release it with a new 2D-styled Metroid (ala Super Metroid, the greatest game of all time) and I will buy it and your home consoles again. For now, I'll stick to the great 3DS games, keep em coming.
  • TMcKeon64 - January 19, 2014 6:18 p.m.

    I'm not worried.
  • Sjoeki - January 19, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    Nintendo needs to get the third party back. Nintendo themselve make amazing games and there is some support of other companies but it can't compare to what third party is doing for Sony and Microsoft. Exclusives are important and Nintendo is one of the best in the world in making them, but you need more then a handfull of games a year, no matter how good they are.
  • Doctor_Pancakes - January 19, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    If I have learned anything over the past 15 years is to ignore all of the doom and gloom articles written about Nintendo. Nintendo is constantly setting the standard in the industry and until the competition stops copying them they will continue to do so. They slipped up with the Gamecube, as far as I can tell it is the only generation that the competition didn't ripoff mid- or next generation. They drastically changed their battle plan with their next console and struck innovative gold yet again and followed through in designing the Wii U. Just watch, over the next few years you will see PS4 games that require a Vita and XBone games that need Surface integration to fully experience some of their best games while Nintendo kicks back after striking software gold and the Wii U starts falling off shelves like a cure for boredom. I really hope this generation isn't another shoveling of endless 3rd and 1st person shooters... if we want a better industry we need to stop giving power to EA and Activision by gobbling up their yearly war gore fests with the fallout of dcl that accompanies them.
  • Vonter - January 18, 2014 4:52 p.m.

    Not hating. But it makes me wonder if Gamesradar has other articles similar to this one stored somewhere. Also "Half Life 3 finally confirmed" and "Sonic doesn't suck", "Why the industry can learn from EA's downfall" (Hehehe).
  • Pruman - January 18, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Another good one: when Nintendo wanted to bring the NES over here, the crash of '83 was pretty fresh in retailers' minds, and NO ONE wanted to stock it. Nintendo did a test launch in NY, then rolled it out nationwide under terms that effectively took all of the risk from the retailers and put it on them. The rest is history. This is detailed in David Sheff's awesome "Game Over."
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - January 18, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    Fanboys like Henry who think nothing is wrong is precisely why Nintendo is failing right now.
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 18, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    I don't think he's saying nothing is wrong with this article. It seems he's saying the opposite: that Nintendo is in a rough spot right now, but they can recover as they have in the past. Honestly, I think they've been much worse off than they are now. The Wii made a profit from day one and continued making that profit until the Wii U, so Nintendo has money--and therefore has time--to fix this; they just have to do it. To clarify, I don't own a Wii U, and I have no real interest in the system, but I'm not about to say Nintendo will be closing up shop any day now.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - January 19, 2014 3:15 a.m.

    I agree
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - January 18, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    I realize your posts around the site are meant to sound like a generic internet dickbag (unless you actually are a generic internet dickbag, in which case, you have my sympathies), but I'm pretty sure the article isn't called "Why the WiiU is doing fine".
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - January 19, 2014 3:17 a.m.

    I'm not your daddy. The truth hurts and I'm not going to sugarcoat for you.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - January 19, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    You have my sympathies.
  • GR_HenryGilbert - January 18, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    I think the opening slide makes it clear that I think Nintendo is currently in a bad position, just like it was those 8 other times
  • shotgunalchemist - January 18, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    Hate to break to yall but Nintendo's lawyer in the Donkey Kong case was John Kirby. He celebrated winning the case by turned into a giant pink blob that eats everything.
  • SuperSATA - January 18, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    I was remembering that while reading. Glad someone pointed it out.
  • Swedish_Chef - January 18, 2014 12:44 a.m.

    Nintendo. Doomed since 1889.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - January 17, 2014 10:13 p.m.

    Im starting to notice that everybody more or less, reports anything that has to do with Nintendo as of recent, or any time at all. Last i checked throughout the holidays Sony has been going through shit throughout their entire company surrounding losses and such, but of course- HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE SOME GUY AT THIS COMPANY TALKED SHIT ABOUT NINTENDO LETS REPORT IT AS NEWS Or alteast thats how the experience of places like Game(shit)spot is.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - January 17, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    Speaking of shitspot, just went there, found the most brilliant comment out there "Here's what's gonna happen: in a couple months, people with scream "Nintendnoomed!" again, Nintendo fanboys and Sony fanboys crawl out and have a bitch fit nothing actually happens to Nintendo, and the cycle continues."

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