Why Nintendo Doesn’t Want To Give Its Games To Rivals

Why Nintendo Doesn’t Want To Give Its Games To Rivals

Nintendo games appear on Nintendo hardware. That’s the rule! But is Nintendo’s honcho Satoru Iwata interested in bringing the company’s games to competitors’ consoles? Nope. Here’s why.

When asked by CVG about the chances of Nintendo’s games appearing on rival systems, Iwata replied, “If I was to take responsibility for the company for just the next one or two years, and if I was not concerned about the long-term future of Nintendo at all, it might make sense for us to provide our important franchises for other platforms, and then we might be able to gain some short-term profit.”

Continuing, Iwata added, “However, I’m really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all.”

You want Mario? Zelda? You buy Nintendo hardware. The comments somewhat echo what Iwata previously toldKotaku when he talked about the need for dedicated handheld gaming consoles. Here, though, Iwata means dedicated Nintendo consoles.

The moment Nintendo games start appearing on rival hardware is the moment when Nintendo as we now know it is finished. For good.

Iwata: Nintendo games on rival platforms would only be a short-term fix [CVG]

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