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#1 Ngamer01

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 11:58 AM

So Emily Rogers got an interview with former NoA exec, Dan Adelman, regarding his days at Nintendo of America and the problems that still plague Nintendo to this day.

 

Interview:  http://www.dromble.c...-and-much-more/

 

A summary (thanks to GoNintendo):

1) Dan says some of the 3rd parties are right and that nobody buys 3rd party games on Nintendo platforms, so 3rd parties don't support Nintendo.  Nintendo should money hat 3rd parties if they want 3rd party support.  Nevermind that sometimes 3rd parties sabotage themselves on Nintendo platforms (hello Rayman Legends!).

 

2A) Bureaucracy inside Nintendo is the result as to why Nintendo is so slow to adapt to problems in the market.  Changes are slow to occur as "If it ain't broke, why change/fix it?"  If Nintendo is still making bank (even if it isn't to the quantity that Wii/DS brought in), why should they change?  The culture can be summarized as Nintendo has too many advisers, not enough guys to pull the trigger on matters. 

 

2B) Nobody wants to upend the tea table except to veto what they feel as bad ideas.  Also some of the executives aren't video gamers and even Iwata doesn't have absolute say if an executive vetos something he wants to do.

 

So yeah firing Iwata won't fix Nintendo, people. since Iwata has to take his time to lay out plans to get people on board as if one person inside vetos something, nothing gets through.  That includes obvious good changes like unified account systems NOT TIED TO HARDWARE.

 

So yeah 9 times out of 10, Nintendo will always play it safe because their culture is "status quo = good", "change = bad".

 

Be sure to read the full interview at the link above for more including regarding the Wii/DS days.


Edited by Ngamer01, 21 January 2015 - 12:00 PM.


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Posted 21 January 2015 - 03:12 PM

Another reason why gamers don't buy [multiplatform] 3rd party games on Nintendo platforms is because Nintendo's home consoles have been significantly underpowered than that of its competitors in the past 2 console generations. So yeah, you decided to dig that hole yourself, Nintendo. You can point the blamecock right back at your face... and spray.



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Posted 21 January 2015 - 09:08 PM

So yeah 9 times out of 10, Nintendo will always play it safe because their culture is "status quo = good", "change = bad".


Even though I understand what you mean by this summary, it seems the opposite of what Nintendo does. I mean, a handheld device with 2 screens? Then 3d? A motion controller'd console? Then a tablet motion controlled one? :O!

Actually just re-read your quote. Culture-wise, go with the flow, update and innovate slightly. Nintendo doesn't want the HD DVD playing Wii because the costs to produce it would outweigh what the consumers are willing to pay to make a profit. Ditch those features the competition has, lower price tag, ka-ching, Nintendo rises up last gen.

Nintendo's lag behind the competition method of business will catch up with it one day.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:15 PM

Even though I understand what you mean by this summary, it seems the opposite of what Nintendo does.

 

This is what I was thinking, too. Nintendo rebuilds the wheel more than anyone else in the gaming industry.



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 07:43 AM

Hardware wise, yeah Nintendo keeps trucking on that front.  Even if many execs in Nintendo aren't gamers, even they should know a hardware's look and features are important when marketing (though the Wii U failed on both fronts).

 

It's mainly in the software where Nintendo maybe plays it a little too safe at times which led to memes like "Every Mario is a rehash!" Nevermind that in Super Mario 3D World, Peach never was kidnapped and she became playable with the Mario Bros. in a mainline game for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2/USA. <.<;;


Edited by Ngamer01, 26 January 2015 - 07:45 AM.


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Posted 26 January 2015 - 08:49 AM

Better to have a solid Mario game like 3D world than to have whatever Assassins Creed Unity was. If Nintendo lacks anything in my opinion, its an understanding of its market. We really should have a big, powerful, expensive console. People will complain, but they'll buy it. Couple it with third party support and a solid online infrastructure with voice chat and I think people will buy into it. Especially since you can only get Nintendo IP on Nintendo platforms.





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