'Nintendo's On Track To Become Primarily A Software Company'

What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "Nintendo's on track to become primarily a software company." — Bing Gordon, investor and EA veteran, weighs in on the business strategy and future for the house that Mario built.

QUOTE | "PCs are far more user-friendly than consoles." — Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli talking about his new partnership with Trion for Warface and how the CryEngine company is preparing for the future.

QUOTE | "The PS3 even at $US149 would be a compelling deal." — Steve Peterson, West Coast editor for GamesIndustry International, talking with other editors in a roundtable about the magic $US99 price point and how and when the console makers can get there.

QUOTE | "The success of the 4GB Xbox 360 should have been emulated a long time ago." — Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter talking about the rumoured PS3 super slim model, which is said to include just 16GB of storage but sell for a much, much lower price.

STAT | 17 million — The number of iPads Apple sold in the last fiscal quarter, representing a whopping 84 per cent jump over last year's third quarter period for the company.

QUOTE | "There is absolutely no plan to replace John as the CEO." — Larry Probst, chairman of the board at Electronic Arts, talking at a shareholder meeting about John Riccitiello amidst concerns of the company's falling stock price.

QUOTE | "Zynga's cheerleaders may wave their pom-poms all they like, but ... this isn't a company that's going to be an industry leader." — Rob Fahey, veteran journalist and former GamesIndustry editor, talking about Zynga's massive share price collapse and disastrous earnings report.

QUOTE | "It's a shame you can't sell big numbers unless you make a shooter." — Enric Alvarez of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow developer Mercury Rising talks about a challenging, shooter-dominated marketplace.

STAT | $US2.75 million — The amount that EA spent on Facebook advertising for the shooter Battlefield 3, which proved to be very efficient ad spending for the publisher.

QUOTE | "Mobile gaming is invading the last bastion of game consoles and PCs." — PopCap VP of Worldwide Publishing Dennis Ryan commenting on a new survey that shows mobile becoming the primary gaming platform used at home for many players.

STAT | $US1.3 million — The approximate financial investment required to do a port from PS3/Xbox 360, to Wii U, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot who clarified that his company "doesn't have a huge investment" in Wii U.

QUOTE | "There is always going to be room for high-end games where you want the highest graphical fidelity or the biggest open world." — Harvey Smith, co-creative director on Arkane's upcoming Dishonored, talking about the growth of the market to include big budget games, mobile games and more.

This Week in the Business courtesy of GamesIndustry International


    "QUOTE | “Nintendo’s on track to become primarily a software company.” — Bing Gordon, investor and EA veteran"
    Firstly, his name is Bing. Secondly, I don't think its safe to trust any predictions from a veteran from like the worlds most hated company.

      I'd be more inclined to believe the words of him than someone who places so much stock in the sweaty troll voting of a meaningless poll.

      EA should know what a primarily software gaming company is like, they are the world's biggest one.

      Did you ever think that its fanboys like you that go and vote EA the worlds worst company because they say things like this that you don't want to hear. Instead sticking your fingers in your ears screaming "lalalalalalala I can't hear you"

      Nintendo's biggest assets are their first party titles. The WiiU could have the same issues that the wii had in that when the 360/ps3 successors arrive their power jump will make porting to the wiiU a pain the same way it was for the wii.

      It's easier to port up to something more powerful. Than down when you may have to change entire sections of the game to accommodate the loss of power

      The Nintendo software made the Wii. If they can get decent profit without the financial risk of a console it would be insane to think they wouldn't take that path

        I hate it when people say baseless statements like this BIng guy. Nintendo's consoles are revolutionary (dont be lieve me? microsoft and sony stole motion controls not too long after wii introduced it), there's no way you could suggest they are likely to become sofware only because "Their sles have fallen" (they've recovered, get with the times) or "smart phones are stealing the market". No matter what smart phones can offer, they cannot compare to the quality and experience afforded by consoles, and there will always be people who want to play games for the sake of the unique experiences, stories , not for the sake of passing time (as most "smart" phone games are supposed to do) You can not get the long term satisfaction out of a smart phone game that you get out of a proper.

        The wiiu is not going to have many issues with porting games, as stated by many producer already. Also this offers developers new ways to produce games to consumers who want to experience different things. ITs called innovation, and if it wasn't for nintendo's innovation then you would have controller triggers, analog sticks, the d-pad which they were the first to introduce and implement.

        You may criticise now, but one day, nintendos "blunders" may become gaming wonders, as they have been shown to do over and over again.

        To finish, why would you take a phone on a plan (as most do) which total costs amount to $2000 in this day and age, when you could buy a powerful console and enough games to keep you satisfied for a very long period of time? e.g. ps3 $300, $1700 for controllers and probaly 12 games.

    Mostly all hot air... you can decide which ones.'

    I'd be willing to believe talk of Nintendo becoming a software-focused company if I saw any reason to believe Nintendo saw themselves as one. As far as I can see, they see themselves as a hardware company that makes their own software. If they saw themselves as a software company, I'd imagine they'd probably do something with PCs to ease in the transition, but we've seen no evidence of that.

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