So, because apparently nowhere else is suitable to dissect Nintendo's business strategy and future plans, I've created a thread specifically to discuss Nintendo's business strategy and future plans.|
Nintendo is in the following position:
Very strong handheld market share and well supported platform.
Non-existent console market position, very limited developer support.
Shrinking core fanbase due to corporate strategy with the Wii (as evidenced by WiiU).
Out of sync with the console development cycle as dictated by Sony / MS.
Continue to develop quirky, pseudo-innovative consoles with a focus on first party games. This is their existing strategy, but the problem is that they punched themselves in the face doing this already as the WiiU tanked in an empty market, so at present this doesn't work.
Fasttrack a console that competes with MS / Sony on their own terms. Only slightly less destructive than the above, it goes against Nintendo's post-Gamecube philosophy. It would be expensive and likely fail.
Make a handheld-console hybrid. Fanboy favourite theory but arguably would cannibalise 3DS sales and it's hard to otherwise see what niche this would occupy. Who would buy a handheld/console hybrid that wouldn't buy a 3DS or Vita?
Drop out of the console market and pimp their franchises out to third party consoles, aka 'doing a Sega'. Not likely given Nintendo's financial security, although this is arguably the best solution for the fans.
What do you think? Feel free to be positive or negative, no need for training wheels in here.
LB, you really are a massive geek.