Namco Bandai: Nintendo Market Has "Collapsed"

Is the bottom about to fall out of Nintendo's software market? Namco Bandai certainly thinks so, saying the market for games on both the Wii and DS has "collapsed".

"It's a tough market," Namco Bandai's Olivier Comte told MCV. "We had a lot of product, and the average quality of a game on DS and Wii is very, very bad. So in the mind of the consumer today, to buy a DS or Wii game is to buy a game that isn't very good."

"One of the reasons the DS collapsed is piracy, it is very clear, but also it is a fantastic machine and very easy to develop for. It was possible for three kids in a garage to make a game for it.

"DS is the most successful platform ever, but all my kids' friends at school have a DS with an R4. They have 100 games for no money. So yes, the market has collapsed for the DS and Wii."

Lucky there's a 3DS to make games for, then!

Wii and DS market has ‘collapsed' [MCV]


    Hm, not nessecarily. I always check the games before I buy them. So do my friends. Maybe if you got rid of the Imagine series that'd be 40% of the shovelware gone (thanks Ubisoft).
    Usually, if I see someone buying some crud, I will step in and tell them that it is not a good game and that it's broken. Most parents don't have a clue and the people at EBGames are happy to sell any thing (Half of them don't have a clue about games, they just work there).
    I think both consoles still have a lot to offer.

    I'm not usually one to agree that piracy hurts devs all that much, but on the DS I'd have to say it is absolutely rampant. Every damn kid I know has an R4Pro card and doesn't buy any games anymore, they sell them pre-loaded with 30 games at Paddy's markets! That is crazy, Nintendo needs to protect their new 3DS machine better and be more proactive with stamping out the R4 sellers, I mean how can they be sold so brazenly in Australia with no seeming repercussions?

      My M3 card was sold under the cloak of a 'media player' so that may have something to do with it

    I know it's trite to wave around aggregates like they mean something, but...'s probably a little rich for them to act all shocked and dismayed that underhanded publishers have poisoned the well.

    I don't see how this relates to the Wii. Sure it has the same problem of having a lot of bad games, but it isn't pirated nearly as much as the DS. Thinking back I think the PS had a library full of absolutely horrible games, but there were a few gems of really great series.

    I use to buy a whole bunch of DS games, but lately I haven't seen that many that interest me and I'm not willing to spend more money on it until we see what the deal is with the 3DS.

    I just think the DS is reaching the end of its lifespan and everyone knows it.

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