He said that smartphones are bad for games because instead of being focused gaming devices, they’re about as many apps as possible, and that’s not good for gamers. He also slammed indie developers’ practice of making games free or very cheap, saying they hurt the industry. Developers like Nintendo, he pointed out, pour millions into developing some games, and only a few of those turn into hits.
It’s easy to slam Nintendo here as a stodgy incumbent lost in the throes of technological disruption, but Nintendo has a habit of contrarianism that pays off more often than it doesn’t. The last generation of consoles, Microsoft and Sony believed, was all about raw power and building multi-purposed media centres. Nintendo, instead, built the Wii, which doesn’t have the specs of its competitors but thanks to its innovative wiimote and addictive game opened up a whole new market for console gaming. People similarly slammed the Nintendo DS as a toy but it’s been a runaway success.
It’s worth listening to what Nintendo has to say.
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