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Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris is a passionate player of video games since the days of Space Invaders, and is extensively published on the subjects of Business, Technology and Politics among other subjects, being a regular contributor to Yahoo.

  • Edward Heldman III

    The Nintendo console market is geared towards whom? Children and Casual gamers, certainly not the hardcore mainstream. This is all Nintendo has period.

    People buy a tablet because it is portable, many free apps and games and does a lot more then the Wii-U. Back when the Wii was released they got a big market share (besides Kids and N Fanboys like yourself) but that market share is gone.

    There really is no point in arguing you can believe whatever you want, I am just looking at things from a buisness perspective and certainly not as a fan. Nintendo is in the toy business, always have been and always will be…unless they change.

    The fact is the market share isn’t there to support the Wii-U, even they compete against themselves with the 3DS/2DS.

  • Winston_from_the_Ministry

    But the Wii U is not really aimed at that market, only previous Wii owners to a certain extent. Nobody is buying tablets to game on, they might play some angry birds after they browse or email, but that’s it.

    The idea that tablets are hurting Nintendo is laughable. The Wii was special, it disrupted a market, you don’t tend to get that twice in a row, but tablets taking the market share? Don’t make us laugh.

  • Edward Heldman III

    Back in 1995 the market was very different. All Nintendo was dealing with was Sega, you really can’t compare “apples” with “oranges”. There was no tablets (a big market share for casual gamers), was no Sony or Microsoft (who now control the main stream) in fact Nintendo had the main stream then but foolishly let it go and focused on kids. Then again they may have joined Sega if they tried to compete with Sony it’s hard to say. But the fact is the market has changed and not so sure that Consoles are a big money maker anymore. Only time will tell.

  • Edward Heldman III

    Desktop PCs are not a competitor for Nintendo. It is the “casual gaming market” that the Wii applied to. That market share has now been taken by the Tablets.

  • Winston_from_the_Ministry

    “Nintendo has lost the biggest market share towards Tablets”

    Actually it’s desktop PC sales that have nosedived since the popularity of tablets. Nintendo’s closest product is their handhelds. Which are selling gangbusters.

  • Krijn van Alten

    If you look into Nintendo here history, you will see that they don´t give up that easily. When in 1995 the virtual boy became a commercial flop, rumors came that Nintendo should end with the handhelds and focus on consoles only (the SNES was doing fine at the same time). exactly the opposite happened in the Gamecube area, when people said that Nintendo should quit the console market and focus on handhelds only (Gameboy advance was selling great at that point). And now the Wii U is not the commercial success Nintendo wanted it to be, but 3ds sales are doing well and are still increasing. As long as one of there machines is doing fine, Nintendo will never leave the hardware market, not for there console or for there handheld.

  • Edward Heldman III

    The rumor about Wii-U outselling Xboxone is obviously based on a Nintendo-fanboy’s hope, as Nintendo has lost the biggest market share towards Tablets and that is casual gaming base. All that Nintendo has left are kids and fanboys which is simply not big enough.

    Nintendo is big but they aren’t Sony/Microsoft big and lack the resources needed to compete. Their systems have always been lack-luster compared to the others and suitable for casual gamers and kids never the main stream or hardcore. Nintendo lost the mainstream market going back to their third console as they chose to focus on kids and casual gamers.

    Nintendo and their fanboys cannot change facts and can’t change the market share, it is what it is. I doubt Nintendo will go out of the toy business but perhaps no more consoles and limit it to software and handheld toys.

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